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Clock Repair Tips

Never move a clock with its pendulum still hanging.

Never move the clock hands counterclockwise. If a clock is running too fast and you want to adjust the time, stop the pendulum. When it’s on the proper time restart the pendulum with a gentle push.

If you want to adjust the time forward, slowly move the minute hand clockwise. Make sure you stop at each chime or strike allowing the clock to finish striking.

The clock should be level and plumb.

Your clock has been regulated in our shop, but you may find when you take it home that it still needs fine tuning. The reason for this is that there are many factors which effect the timekeeping system. Included in these are the way the clock sits on the floor, mantel, or hangs on the wall. There are varying degrees of level and these variances can cause you clock to run faster or slower. Temperature and humidity can also effect how your clock keeps time. In order to make a clock run faster, raise the nut at the bottom of the pendulum rod. This raises the bob and allows the clock to run faster. Conversely, to slow down a clock, lower the nut allowing the bob to lower and slower down the clock. Adjustments should be made in small increments. Some clocks have a small hole above the “12” with an “S” and an “F” on each side of it. Your key should have a small end also. If the clock is going to fast, turn the key in the hole towards the “S.” If it’s running to slow, turn it towards the “F.”

If your clock is run by mainsprings, it must be wound on a regular basis. Many clocks have eight day movements, which should be wound once a week. Pick a day to wind it and be faithful to it. The timekeeping action of a clock will often run longer than the chiming will. If not properly wound together, your chime can get off. (For example, it will give the half hour chime on the quarter hour.) Be sure to wind each spring.

If your clock is run by weights, the above still applies except instead of winding a spring, you are pulling the weights up to the top of the clock. There should be stops on the chains that will prevent you from pulling up the weights too far, but as a safety precaution, I like to leave them about a half inch down from the movements’ seat board.

A clock should be oiled every six years or so, to prevent excessive wear on the bushings and to ensure proper running. It should be taken apart completely and cleaned every 8 - 10 years. Do not try to oil the movement with WD-40 or other household oils. Rather than helping the clock, they actually cause more harm by collecting the dust. Only clock oils should be used and the movement needs to come out of the case so both sides of the movement can be oiled.

If you have any questions or problems give us a call at The Dutchmaster’s Joinery, Ltd. @ 518-993-3022 or 1-800-677-8941. We wish you the best of times. Visit www.dutchmastersjoinery.com .