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Clock Care
Grandfather Clock Care
1.  Wind all of the weights to the same height.  The weights
will drop at relatively the same level.

2.  Wind the clock at least once a week.  Do not let the weights
hit the bottom of the case.
3.  If you are away for more than 7 days, stop the pendulum to "freeze" the movement.  
Nothing runs when the pendulum is stopped.  Give the pendulum a gentle swing to
restart the clock.

4.  The clock must have an even "tick-tock" for it to run properly.  A good jolt to the clock
can take the clock out of beat.

5.  When moving the minute hand clockwise, to set the time, stop at each interval where the
clock strikes or chimes and allow the clock to strike or chime.  When moving the minute
hand backwards, you do not need to stop at each interval where the clock strikes or
chimes.  If you meet with any resistance, do not force the hands.  Call It's About Time
Shop, (703) 751-0400 for assistance.

6.  To regulate the time:
a.  Monitor the clock in a 24 hour period.  Example, set the clock for the actual time at
10:00 a.m. on Day 1, and compare the actual time to the clock's time at 10:00 a.m.
on Day 2.  
b.  If an adjustment needs to be made, gently stop the pendulum from swinging.  Grasp
the pendulum stick with one hand and adjust the rating nut accordingly (see step 6c)
with the other hand.  Wind the weights up if they are in the way of the pendulum for
this adjustment.
c.  If the clock is running slow, raise the pendulum bob by turning the rating nut up (to
the right).  If the clock is running fast, lower the pendulum bob by turning the rating
nut down (to the left).  One full turn of the rating nut increases or decreases the time
by 1-2 minutes/day.  Time regulation is tedious and may take up to two weeks to set
properly.
d.  Give the pendulum a gentle swing to restart the clock.  Reset the hands to the proper
time.

7.   To "polish" the face, weights, and/or pendulum, buff with a soft, dry cloth only.  Do not
put any moisture on these items for they are lacquered.

8.  Have the clock movement oiled every 3-5 years by a professional clockmaker.  There   
are only certain points in a clock that need oil.
Do not spray the clock movement with
WD40
.


It's About Time Shop
105 Moncure Drive
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 751-0400
(703) 609-3817
rjclockmaker@yahoo.com
It's About Time Shop
105 Moncure Drive            Email:rjclockmaker@yahoo.com
Alexandria, VA 22314        Phone: (703) 751-0400
Map & Directions                       Hours: Monday-Thursday Call First, Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-4