What are the 3 weights for on a grandfather clock?

Which weight is heaviest on a grandfather clock?

If there is no markings to identify the weights, hang the heaviest weight on the right side as it needs more power to run all of the chime hammers. The other two equal or lighter weights should be placed in any order on the left side and center position. This will usually work on most grandfather clocks.

Should the weights on a grandfather clock drop evenly?

Yes, the order is critical for proper function. On 99% of floor clocks (grandfather/grandmother) with three weights, the heavier weight goes on the right-hand chain hook or pulley as you are FACING the clock.

Can you use WD40 on a clock?

USE THE CORRECT OIL

Just like it’s not a good idea to cook with motor oil you don’t want to oil your clock using the wrong oil. Using substitutes like WD40 can actually damage your clock’s movement. … Brass and steel are used in clocks because when properly lubricated with the right oil it forms a perfect bearing.

How heavy should a clock weight be?

Hermle recommends 4.5 pounds for their grandmother movements (451), and I have seen many equipped with 6 pounds. A clock is certainly more likely to run better if it has some excess power, but it will wear more and will probably continue to run long after the lubricant has failed, simply grinding away.

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Why does my pendulum stop swinging?

Often a pendulum clock will stop when it has been moved, bumped or even a too aggressive push to restart a pendulum. It is not broken, only out of beat. This only takes a few minutes to readjust and all pendulum clock owners should learn how as this will happen eventually.

How do I reset the weights on my grandfather clock?

A clock can be overwound, resulting in the weights being stuck in the highest position. When this happens, gently move the minute hand past the quarter hour and listen for the chime. This should release the weight. When winding, be sure you can see the top of the weight and then stop to avoid overwinding.

Do all the weights on a grandfather clock weight the same?

Most Grandfather Clocks use three weights. The bottom of each weight is labeled Left, Center or Right facing the Grandfather Clock. The total weight of each weight is slightly different and each WEIGHT MUST BE INSTALLED IN ITS CORRECT LOCATION FOR THE Grandfather Clock TO OPERATE PROPERLY.

Why do clocks have 2 weights?

The middle weight regulates the time, the left weight (as your looking at the clock) regulates the strike and the right weight (as your looking at the clock) regulates the chimes. The middle and left weights are generally the same weight.