How do you release weights on a grandfather clock?

A clock can be overwound, resulting in the weights being stuck in the highest position. When this happens, gently move the minute hand past the quarter hour and listen for the chime. This should release the weight. When winding, be sure you can see the top of the weight and then stop to avoid overwinding.

How do you release the weight chain on a grandfather clock?

Pull the weight chain down slowly with one hand while providing a slight resistance with the other. When the last of the chain enters the mechanism, continue to pull slowly until the chain is released from the sprocket.

How do you unwind an overwound clock?

Turn the key slowly and just a half turn at a time. Wind it up until it stops. Do not try to force it to wind any further. Even though it is impossible to over-wind your clock, it is also not necessary to wind it until the last possible click of the ratchet.

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How do the weights work on a grandfather clock?

The three weights provide power to the hour strike (left weight), time (center weight), and chime melody (right weight). Without these weights, the Grandfather Clock would not operate. Each weight is different and must be properly hung from the movement (left, center, right) to ensure proper operation.

Should the weights on a grandfather clock drop evenly?

Yes, the order is critical for proper function. On 99% of floor clocks (grandfather/grandmother) with three weights, the heavier weight goes on the right-hand chain hook or pulley as you are FACING the clock.

Why is only the middle weight dropping on grandfather clock?

If the clock is running but not chiming, then only the center weight will drop. Typically, what we find is that the grandfather clock has not been serviced and the oil has dried up in the movement and therefore the chiming side of the clock is hung up, or worst, worn out.

How do you fix a grandfather clock that is wound to tight?

Strike weight stuck

With some cloth gloves on, or at least a cloth of some kind, pull down on the weight some. Again, this is the same as making the weight weigh more. Doing this will make the clock strike. Advance the minute hand and let it chime each quarter until it plays the top of the hour song.

Is it OK to turn a clock backwards?

If you refer to turning the adjustment knob backwards, that is fine as long as there are no other mechanisms such as perpetual date that have to be accurate like you would have on an analog watch. In the case of date mechanisms, the date is usually set by moving the clock back and forth past 12 am.

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How much do grandfather clock weights weigh?

Grandfather Clocks weigh anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds and require special attention when moving them from one place to another.

How do you fix a grandfather clock that chimes the wrong hour?

There is a simple fix for this issue if your grandfather clock is striking the wrong hour.

  1. When your grandfather clock strikes the next hour, count the number of strikes.
  2. Move only the shorter hour hand to the number on the dial that you just counted when the clock chimed.

How do I stop my grandfather clock from chiming at night?

Look for a lever called “ANSO,” which stands for “automatic night shut-off,” if you just want to stop the clock chiming at night. Often this setting will stop the clock chiming from 10:00 p.m. until the morning.