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.
Do grandfather clock weights weigh the same?
Purpose of the Weights: Most modern grandfather clocks will use three weights where each of the three have their own function. The weights are filled with cast iron within a brass casing and are quite heavy. Each weighs differently for the job at task.
How heavy are the weights in a grandfather clock?
Grandfather Clocks weigh anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds and require special attention when moving them from one place to another.
Why do some grandfather clocks have two weights?
The left weight provides power for the hour strike, the middle weight provides power for the clock’s pendulum and general timekeeping functions, while the right weight provides power for the quarter-hour chime sequences.
How do you put weights on a grandfather clock?
Grandfather clocks are weight driven. Pick up the weights one at a time and turn them upside down. Look for the letters “L,” “R,” or “C.” Arrange them left to right on the floor in front of the clock with “L” being the left hand weight, “C” being the center weight and “R” being the right hand weight.
Why do grandfather clocks have 3 weights?
The three weights provide power to the hour strike (left weight), time (center weight), and chime melody (right weight). Without these weights, the Grandfather Clock would not operate. Each weight is different and must be properly hung from the movement (left, center, right) to ensure proper operation.
How heavy should a clock weight be?
So, we suggest that you measure the dimensions of your clock and research the exact model on the Internet to find an approximate weight. Chances are, it’s around 100-150 pounds.
How do you wind a grandfather clock with weights?
Some modern grandfather clocks don’t have winding points on their faces. Instead, each weight has a chain dangling behind it. To wind this kind of clock, simply pull down on the chains until the weights reach the underside of the wooden board at the top of their trajectory.
How level does a grandfather clock have to be?
Once located, the grandfather clock needs to be levelled from front-to-back and side-to-side in order for the clock to operate properly. Some grandfather clock cases have adjustable feet in each corner, while others do not.
How do you fix a grandfather clock that is wound to tight?
Strike weight stuck
With some cloth gloves on, or at least a cloth of some kind, pull down on the weight some. Again, this is the same as making the weight weigh more. Doing this will make the clock strike. Advance the minute hand and let it chime each quarter until it plays the top of the hour song.
How do you wind a clock with weights?
To wind, simply pull down on the chain. As you pull the chain down you should see the weight rise. When fully wound, the weight should hit the underneath of the “seat-board” and prevent you from winding anymore. Repeat this process for each of the weight chains.