Please call with any questions you may have. The following are tips that may be helpful in caring for your clock.
Brass should not be touched with bare hands. Use a soft cloth or gloves if you need to handle brass.
Dusting can be done with any spray, as long as it does not contain any waxes. After you spray, wipe it off with a soft cloth.
It is impossible to over wind a spring wound clock. To run properly, it must be wound completely tight. Depending on the movement, key wound clocks will stay running one day, seven days, or thirty-one days.
Weight driven clocks will usually run for seven days, and should be wound before the weights reach the bottom. While winding, watch the weights to make sure that they don’t hit the top or the pendulum. Slow down while winding before they reach the top. Otherwise, you may overpower the winding stop. If your weights are hung with chains, then pull the chains until the weights get close to the top. Note: the weights may be at different levels when it is time to wind. This is normal. If your clock has weights hung with cable, then you should simply wind until the crank stops.
With all clocks, when out of town for longer than they run, wind and then stop them before you leave.
Batteries should be changed twice a year, when the time changes (every six months) to keep them from dying and leaking inside. We recommend Duracell batteries as the ends are designed to provide better contact.
To keep your clock running, you should get your clock oiled by a professional every three years. Do not spray silicone or any other spray-on oil into the clock mechanism, as it can cause premature wearing and damage.
Time Keeping Adjustment
With a pendulum clock, you may have to adjust the speed if it has a tendency to run fast or slow. At the bottom of the pendulum, there is a short threaded pole with a nut on it. This nut is used to raise and lower the pendulum weight, to speed up or slow down the clock. To speed up the clock one minute, turn the nut one full rotation to the right, whereas one minute slower is one full rotation to the left. To adjust the speed, follow these simple directions:
- Stop your clock, by stopping the pendulum.
- Adjust the nut left or right one turn.
- Start the clock and set the time.
- Twenty four hours later, observe how many minutes adjustment is required. Reset the clock and rotate the nut the appropriate direction, one full rotation per minute of adjustment.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call and we will gladly help you.