Grandfather Clock Care 2

As discussed in the first article concerning grandfather clock care, by doing a few simple things, you can keep your clock in perfect working condition. Continuing with that discussion, we wanted to address some other considerations in the care of this magnificent piece. Grandfather clocks are beautiful, whether antique, traditional, or contemporary.


Starting with the clock's weights, you want 12 pounds for the going weight and 14 pounds for the striking weight. In addition, remember that the going weight is on the right with the striking on the left. While two pounds may not seem like a big deal, the truth is that if the going weight is heavier than 12 pounds, you could end up doing serious damage to the clock over time. In addition, with weights out of proportion, you may experience a problem with the pendulum hitting the side of the clock.


Another important thing to consider is that rather than just set the grandfather clock in its position and leaving it, you want to secure it to the wall. This way, the clock would not fall, thus protecting family members and pets should the clock be bumped. In addition, this keeps the clock from moving, which could cause damage. Movement of a grandfather clock can cause all types of problems such as a loosening of the joints, reduction of amplitude of the pendulum's swing, or what is known as Thursday Disease, associated with a clock that has a free case. In this situation, if the case moves, even just a little, the movement is transferred to the weights, ultimately hitting the pendulum.

If your grandfather clock has a locking door, you would be provided with a keep. This should be protected, out of the reach of small hands. A locking clock is a great option for families with children, which protects the functioning components of the clock. Again, setting the time on your clock, dusting, and winding are all things you can do. However, expect to need the service support of a professional about every four years.


Although you might provide excellent care to your clock, daily wear builds up over time. For instance, the atmosphere is filled with smoke, dust, and other things that can build up on and in the clock. With a good cleaning, the clock would continue to run beautifully, chiming on schedule as anticipated. Finally, if your clock needs some restoration work, the key to success if having it done by someone that puts the least amount of stress on the clock as possible. The result of keeping the clock in great condition is a beautiful piece to enjoy but also something, which can be passed down through generations.