Grandfather Clock Chimes the Wrong Hour?
Posted on November 13, 2014 | By clockde | 113 responses
This is a quick way to fix that incorrect hour count on your mechanical grandfather clock chimes the wrong hour.
For example, let’s say it is really 2:00 and your clock chimes 5 times to count the hour.
Your grandfather clock dial says it is one time but the grandfather clock chimes another 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.
(If your hour hands don’t want to move, be careful as not to bend it. It is held on only by friction and if never moved before, it may be frozen on the shaft**)
The clock chime is now in sync with the hour count…but the time on the dial is now wrong.
3) Set the time on the grandfather clock using the minute hand to the correct time where you are located.
Now your clock is chiming properly indicating the correct hour.
If many grandfather clocks are allowed to wind down so the weights are on the bottom and the grandfather clock pendulum stops, this may happen.
During the first hour after completing this procedure, the quarter-hour chimes may do strange sequences. Don’t worry, as it should correct itself in about an hour of operation.
**Your hour hand will probably move somewhat easily, however, if it feels stuck try the following. Instead of trying to move the hour hand with a finger at the end of the hand, pinch the hand as close as you can get to the shaft that holds the hand on. Try to move it back and forth without bending the hand. It should free up so you may easily move it. Never spray in lubricants like WD40 in this area.
We have additional information on this topic which may help as well as a video if your grandfather clock is off only a few minutes either way.