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.
Where 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.
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.
What does the left weight on a grandfather clock do?
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.
Why do grandfather clocks have counterweight systems?
The idea behind the weight is to act as an energy storage device so that the clock can run for relatively long periods of time unattended. When you “wind” a weight-driven clock, you pull on a cord that lifts 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.
How much should grandfather clock weights weigh?
Most grandfather clocks weigh somewhere between 100 and 220 pounds, depending on the size. 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 put weights down on a grandfather clock?
Using cloth gloves, or at least a cloth of some kind, pull down on the weight some. This is the same as making the weight weigh more. At the same time, turn the minute hand past the quarter hour to see if it will engage the chime. When you advance the time and make it chime, the weight will slowly come down.
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.
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 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.
Are Grandfather Clock weights different?
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.
What is the weight on a clock called?
Pendulum or Weights
Pendulums are the oscillating objects seen in long-case clocks and are most prominent feature associated with antique clocks. A pendulum or weight is suspended from a pivot so that they oscillate. The time taken by a pendulum to swing from left to right is essential in calculating time.
How often should a Grandfather Clock be wound?
Wind weekly, or as necessary.
Almost all grandfather clocks are made to run for seven or eight days without winding, so winding them on the same day each week will ensure that it never stops. If your clock stops before its regular winding time, however, you may need to wind it more frequently.