# How do you drop the weights on a grandfather clock?

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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.

## 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.

## Why is only the middle weight dropping on Grandfather Clock?

If the clock is running but not chiming, then only the center weight will drop. Typically, what we find is that the grandfather clock has not been serviced and the oil has dried up in the movement and therefore the chiming side of the clock is hung up, or worst, worn out.

## Which weight goes where 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.

## What do the 3 weights on a grandfather clock do?

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.

## How much do grandfather clock weights weigh?

Grandfather Clocks weigh anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds and require special attention when moving them from one place to another.

## 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.

## 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 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.

## Are grandfather clocks worth anything?

Longcase clocks, even the battered, dusty and stored-in-the-garage-because-it-doesn’t-work variety, can be worth from hundreds to tens of thousands of pounds, according to a specialist.

## How do you hang weights on a Howard Miller grandfather clock?

Hang each weight on the pulley in the proper position as shown. Facing the clock, each weight is marked on the bottom Left, Center, or Right. Move ONLY the minute hand counter-clockwise until the correct time is set. Do NOT move the hour hand to set the time.

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