Grandfather Clock Set Up

Many times, the process of setting up a grandfather clock is something done by the manufacturer upon delivery. However, if you purchase the clock from an online resource or perhaps find an antique piece, then the setup process would fall back to your responsibility. The process of setting up this type of clock is not rocket science but you definitely want to follow specific instructions to ensure the clock works properly.

The first thing you want to do is remove all the components of the clock from the packaging. Inside a new clock, you would have instructions but with an antique clock, you may not. Carefully place all the pieces of the clock on the floor. Placing the body of the grandfather clock where you want it displayed, you will need to level it. For this, find the bottom of the base at each corner, checking that all are level. If not, you would need to level the particular side not in balance.

Clock Door

Next, the grandfather clock door would be opened. Inside, look for the sleeve holding the chime rod in place. This chime rod would then need to be removed, which requires you to pull straight down but carefully and slowly. The movement packaging would be removed next. For this, you should find a side panel in which a clip is located. In most cases, this panel can be removed by lifting up and then pushing it inwards to the clock. Tipping the panel at a slight angle, you should be able to remove it completely.

As you reach through the access panel, look for the sponge foam pads that are wrapped around the chime hammer for protection. Keep in mind that these foam blocks keep the cables from overlapping and binding during movement. If you find the blocks tight, you could let the clock sit overnight at which time they should loosen naturally. Next, the pendulum for your grandfather clock would be hung by unpacking it and then hooking it into place.


Once the pendulum is in its slot, the clock's weights would be hung. In this case, make sure the hook located on top of each weight is screwed down tight. If not, you can tighten it by turning it clockwise. Then, each of the weights would be hunt on the pulley, putting each in the proper position. As you stand in front of the clock facing it, simply follow the instructions with the clock, going from left to right.

Set the Time

Once all the components of the grandfather clock are in place, you would set the time. Most importantly, you never want to move the hour hand, only the minute hand, moving it in a counterclockwise position to the desired time. To start the clock, you would pull the pendulum as far to the left as possible and then gently releasing it so that it swings back and forth. Once the clock has been running, you may find it is slow or fast. This problem can be adjusted easily by turning the nut on the pendulum bob. If the clock is running slow, turn the nut to the right and if too fast to the left.

If you purchased an eight-day grandfather clock, you would only need to wind it once a week whereas a 30-hour clock needs daily winding. Over the first few weeks, you may need to make a few adjustments to get the time precise but other than that, you should have many, many years of wonderful enjoyment with your beautiful new grandfather clock.