Daneker Clock Services - Clock Hints
General Instructions for Grandfather Wall and Mantle Clocks
1) Wind cock first, then set it.
2) Set up the clock is a position that is reasonably level and will not receive vibrations, and will be free from drafts.
3) If you have a pendulum operated clock - place the pendulum on the bottom hook on the suspension rod and start the momentum in a side to side motion.
4) Wind all arbors until the key gently checks your hand. If the clock is NOT FULLY WOUND, your timing will be incorrect and the clock will not run the proper amount of time.
5) If your clock runs a few minutes and then stops, your clock is OUT OF BEAT.
A)Check your leveling; you may require a penny as a shim.
B)To get the clock in beat, listen for an even tic-toc sound, adjusting your leveling until an even tic-toc is acquired.
6) ALWAYS set your clock in a clockwise direction. Always stop and allow your clock to completely chime the quarter hour, half hour and hour before advancing.
7) If you have a wall clock, it is wise to mark the hour hand to the last hour struck and reset from that position.
8) If your clock jumps out of sequence, simply move the hour hand to the last hour struck and reset from that position.
9) If the clock runs slowly, use the rating nut on the bottom of the pendulum, moving it up to make it run faster. If the clock runs fast, use the rating nut on the bottom of the pendulum, moving it down to make it run slower. If the clock has no rating nut, but it is a pendulum operated clock, then there will be a “fast/slow” arbor on the dial of the clock. The reverse end of your winding key will fit this arbor.
10) If the clock has a balance wheel, follow the instructions in the booklet.
The timing of all clocks varies with the expansion and contraction of the metals. It may also vary if the clock becomes dirty or the oil dries. Adjustments are needed periodically. Keep these directions for future use.