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My Grandfather Clock has Stopped, Can I Fix It?

Everything was fine until we moved the grandfather clock, Now my Clock has Stopped.

While Grandfather clocks are misunderstood to be very fragile and delicate. Grandfather Clocks are actually very durable. When the grandfather clock is not working after a move, there are a few problems to look for that can be easily fixed.
1) Examine the dial on the grandfather clock and check to make sure the hands are not touching or hanging on any parts of the dial or second hand.
2) Check the leveling of the grandfather clock. There are 4 adjustable levelers on the bottom corner of most grandfather clocks.
3) Start the pendulum swinging with a mild push of the hand and make sure your pendulum is swinging freely and not touching the chime rods or weights.
4) Listen to the ticking of the grandfather clock to make sure you are hearing a very even “tick-tock”. Even space between the tick and the tock. If not, the clock is out of beat and needs to be corrected.

If your clock is a chain driven grandfather clock, the chains should be in the order as in the image.

If you listen to the clock just after you give the pendulum a push and notice that the clock is not tick tocking evenly, this means the clock is out of beat. The clock must have an even tick – tock – tick – tock.

If it is uneven, like tick/ tock  — tick /tock  —  tick /tock … Read how to set your grandfather clock in beat to correct this.  This is very common after a grandfather clock has been moved from one location to another.

Chain driven grandfather clock

Chain driven grandfather clock

If one of the above four steps do not seem to be the problem, It would be best to call in a pro. You may find a list of clock technicians at here.
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Robert Pearson

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  1. Posted March 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    The grandfather clock weight chains should be in the order as seen in the image above.

  2. Jake Z
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I looked over all the information on here and am still having no luck in getting my clock working again after a move. I’m thinking there is a deeper problem. There is no tick-tock at all when the pendulum is swinging. Opening up the side and observing the gears, they are also not moving with the pendulum. The gear attached to the pendulum just rocks in place not moving the gear below it. Any thoughts?

  3. The Clock Depot
    Posted November 30, 2014 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Hi Jake,

    It may be that your clock is not in beat. This happens often after moving a grandfather clock. After giving the pendulum a nice, wide swing, listen to the tick tock. It is probably uneven…like toc-tic……toc-tic, instead of tick–tock–tick–tock. If the clock is not level, this will also happen. You can find out how to make this adjustment at:
    and also see the video:

    This might do it for you.


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