Grandfather Clock Repair 2
In the first repair article, we talked about the process of adjusting the pendulum bob to speed up or slow down the time of the grandfather clock. This way, you have accurate time, making this type of clock fully functional. In this second part of grandfather clock repair, we wanted to discuss a few other things that people deal with when owning this spectacular piece of furniture.
While this might sound like something logical, many people have called in professionals because the clock does not run only to find out the weights were not pulled up. If your grandfather clock were to stop working, start by making sure the weights are wound properly. If not, then you can locate a reputable repair shop in your area. Another common problem has to do with the clock not working because the hands are touching. All you need to do in this case is look at both hand and minute hands, making sure they are not touching. If they are, push the hour hand toward the dial slightly, which would make room for the minute hand to pass.
You might also find your grandfather clock not working if the hands are touching the dial glass. The repair process for this is to again, gently bend the minute hand back toward the dial, which would stop it from touching the glass. Another common problem associated with the grandfather clock has to do with moving it. Even if you had a professional moving company do the job, the inside elements can be jostled. Remember, a grandfather clock is a sensitive piece, often very temperamental.
If you have moved the clock and now you find the pendulum not swinging, chances are the clock is not level. Although the clock does not have to be perfect, small adjustments may be required. In this case, you can move the pendulum so you hear to ticking sound. Ever so slightly, move the clock to the right and again, listen for the ticking sound. If this worked, the sound would be more balanced and not so heavy on the left or right side. If this did not work, then slightly move the clock the left, again listening for a balanced ticking sound.
You will also find that sometimes, the quarter chime will be off from the time on the dial. It is possible that the chime mechanism is not working. Keep in mind that the newer clocks are made differently from those from 50 years or older were. For instance, today's styles of grandfather clocks have an automatic adjusting feature whereas the older family heirlooms do not. To fist this, start by trying to turn the minute hand back fifteen minutes and then forward past the quarter hour. The goal is to continue this process until the number of chimes is accurate to the chime.
Now, if you try this and the adjustment does not work, then it might be that the minute hand was installed in the incorrect direction. This too is an easy fix by removing the nut that holds the minute hand in place, which can usually be done with simple pliers. After removing the hand, rotate it to the quarter hour, which again would be determined by the number of chimes being heard. When it is correct, replace the nut.