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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.

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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One Comment

  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.

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