# What does the left weight on a grandfather clock do?

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The left weight powers the hour and the number of chimes to coordinate with the hour. The middle weight powers the pendulum, and the right weight powers the melody you hear. At the base of each weight should be an “L,” “C” or “R” to indicate the order of placement.

## Which side does the heaviest weight go 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.

## 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.

## Should all 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 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 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.

## How much is a tempus fugit grandfather clock worth?

These clock usually show a retail price of over \$500.00, but actually should sale for about \$200.00 or less.

## How do you lower the weights on a 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.

## 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 put weights on a grandfather clock?

Hang the “L” weight on the hook at the bottom of the chain or cable on the left side of the clock case–the side to the viewer’s left. Hang the “R” weight on the right hook and the “C” weight on the center hook. Hold the three weights in your hand if there are no letters stamped on the bottom.

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## How do you balance a pendulum clock?

Balancing a pendulum clock

Give the pendulum a slight sideways push to start it swinging. Listen to the tick –tock. The tick and the tock should sound evenly spaced, if so the clock is said to be “in beat” or balanced.