# How do you calibrate a grandfather clock?

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## How do you synchronize time and chimes on a grandfather clock?

1) When your grandfather clock strikes the next hour, count the number of strikes. 2) Move only the shorter hour hand to the number on the dial that you just counted when the clock chimed. The clock chime is now in sync with the hour count…but the time on the dial is now wrong.

## How do you calibrate a pendulum clock?

The adjustment nut is a large nut at the bottom of the pendulum just below the large disk or weight called the bob. To slow down the clock, loosen the adjustment nut (turn it toward your left). The bob will settle lower, making the effective length of the pendulum longer. The clock will run slower.

## How can a grandfather clock be calibrated to keep better time?

Adjusting the speed of the clock is accomplished by moving the pendulum disk (bob) up or down. The longer you make the pendulum, the slower the grandfather clock. The shorter you make the pendulum, the faster the grandfather clock.

## How do you set the time on a grandfather clock?

To set the time, move ONLY THE MINUTE HAND counter Clockwise (backwards) until hour and minute hand are at the correct time. DO NOT MOVE THE HOUR HAND WHEN SETTING THE TIME. The hour hand will move automatically when the minute hand is moved.

## How do I get my clock to chime correctly?

1. When your mantel clock chimes, count the number of times it chimes. …
2. Move the hour hand to the hour indicated by the hourly chime (count the number of gongs at the hour).
3. Reset the time using the minute hand to the correct hour and the chime should adjust along with the clock hands as well.

## How do I adjust the pendulum on my grandfather clock?

The pendulum disk is moved up or down by turning the adjustment nut. To slow the Grandfather Clock down, move the pendulum disk down by turning the adjustment nut to the left. To speed the Grandfather Clock up, move the pendulum disk up by turning the adjustment nut to the right.

## How do you reset a Howard Miller grandfather clock?

Turn the adjustment nut on the pendulum disk to change the speed of timekeeping. Turn the adjustment nut to the left to slow the clock down. Turn the adjustment nut to the right to speed the clock up. Turn it one complete turn for each half minute you wish to increase or decrease the time keeping.

## 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.

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## Why won’t My grandfather clock stay running?

Your clock needs to have an even “tick”. If the tick sounds comparable to a guy walking with a limp, it won’t run. The pendulum needs to travel an EVEN distance after each tick. If it doesn’t, it will stop.

## Why won’t my pendulum keep swinging on my grandfather clock?

Make sure the clock hands are not touching the glass. … The reason a clock pendulum often stops swinging, after being moved, is because the clock case now leans at a slightly different angle then it did at its former location. Don’t worry about making your clock absolutely level with the floor and don’t use a level.

## Can you turn clock hands backwards?

If you refer to turning the adjustment knob backwards, that is fine as long as there are no other mechanisms such as perpetual date that have to be accurate like you would have on an analog watch. In the case of date mechanisms, the date is usually set by moving the clock back and forth past 12 am.