Grandfather clocks are both useful and beautiful.They require more care than other kinds of clocks.Make sure that the grandfather clock is on level ground in order to set the correct time and pendulum beat.Carefully adjust the hands until the pendulum swings.The pendulum should swing freely and evenly and the hands should show the correct time.A small adjustment is all that is needed for your clock to be accurate.
Step 1: The clock should be placed on a level surface.
Grandfather clocks rely on gravity.The timekeeping mechanisms will be thrown off if the clock is on a surface that tilts in one direction.Try moving the clock away from the wall.Place a carpenter’s level on top of the clock.The clock is on a level surface if the bubble is at the center.
Step 2: The melody can be played if the minute hand is counterclockwise.
The grandfather clock plays a melody and chime on the hour.The minute hand should be moved counterclockwise in order to set the time.The minute hand 1 full rotation will set the clock back by an hour.Don’t move the hour hand.For the most accurate time reading, use the time on your cell phone.If the clock is less than two hours, wind the minute hand clockwise.
Step 3: If the clock is a few minutes off, move the minute hand clockwise.
It will be quicker to move the minute hand in a clockwise direction if your clock is only off for a few minutes.Wait at each quarter hour for the melody to finish and then move the minute hand.The minute hand 1 full rotation will set the clock forward by an hour.When the minute hand reaches each quarter hour, you will hear a click.When you hear the click, don’t force the minute hand forward.
Step 4: If the clock has the day count and moon phase, set it.
The date or moon phase discs should show the correct information if you use one finger.Don’t force the disks.Wait 2 hours and try again if they catch another mechanism.You will need to manually reset the date on the 1st if you have less than 31 days.If you keep your clock wound, you shouldn’t have to reset the moon’s phase.
Step 5: If the chimes are off, move the hour hand.
The hour hand should be moved so that it matches the number of chimes you hear.Make sure you don’t move the hour hand by rotating the minute hand on the clock.The hour hand should be moved to the 3 if the clock says it is 2 o’clock.The clock should be set to the correct time.
Step 6: As necessary, wind the clock weekly.
To keep the time correct, you should wind your clock at least once a week.If you notice that the time is getting slower before the week is over, you may have to wind your clock more frequently.
Step 7: Start the pendulum by wind your clock.
If your clock is chain-wound, you need to wind it.Look at the clock.There are winding points for a crank if there are a few small holes.The wind can be either clockwise or counterclockwise.Look for chains next to the hanging weights if there are no winding points.The weights should be at the top of the case.Move the pendulum to one side and let it find its own rhythm.You should keep an eye on your clock over the next day to make sure the pendulum is still swinging.
Step 8: There is an even beat of the pendulum.
The pendulum should swing from one side to the other evenly.You may need to adjust the pendulum if you hear a pause on one side.
Step 9: Give your clock a few hours to adjust.
It may take an hour or two for the mechanism to adjust if you recently set up your grandfather clock.After two hours, check your clock to see if the issue has been solved.The clock needs to be checked again in about a day to make sure everything is running smoothly and the clock isn’t losing time.
Step 10: When you hear an even beat, move the base of the clock.
Hold the base of the clock with two hands to move it.A few millimeters will level your clock and even out the beat of the pendulum.If you can’t adjust your clock so that it is level, try placing a penny under 1 or 2 of the feet.
Step 11: Make sure the hands don’t touch each other.
The clock should stop if the hands touch anything.If they are touching something, hold the hand of the clock with two fingers.To pull it away from something, use your other hand or a needle-nose plier.
Step 12: If the clock is losing time, loosen the pendulum.
There is a small nut at the bottom of the pendulum.To speed up the clock, turn the nut to the right.To slow the clock down, turn the nut to the left.Wait a day to see if the problem is fixed.If not, make another adjustment.