How to Wind a Wall Chime Clock Correctly

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Owning a wall chime clock that needs to be wound manually requires setting up a regular schedule. Proper maintenance of the clock requires keeping it running smoothly and seamlessly. A symbiotic relationship exists between the clock and its owner--if the clock owner keeps the clock running smoothly, the clock will serve the owner faithfully. Here are the steps to insure that the clock is wound properly.

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    How to Wind a Chiming Key-Wound Clock

  1. 1

    Decide on a day to wind the clock and, from then on, always wind the clock on that day of the week. Wind the clock at the approximate same time every week as well so the clock doesn't stop.

  2. 2

    Insert the clock key, making sure that as you turn it, the motion is smooth. Keep turning until the spring is tight. For a chime clock that is to be wound with a key, don't reach into the clock to help the weights rise. Do it all with the key.

  3. 3

    Let go of the key carefully after every half-turn of the key. Never let the key snap back in the hand. It will take more force turning the key in the chime hole than the one or two other springs in the clock.

Tips and warnings

  • Mechanically wound clocks are known as "8-day clocks," but they have to be wound every seven days.
  • Wall chime clocks can come with one, two or three holes called arbors. On a three-hole clock, as you stand facing the clock the hole on the left is for the hour strike, the middle hole is for the time, and the hole on the right is for the chimes.
  • A chiming clock can have no holes for winding the clock. In that case, the clock is wound by pulling up the chains that the weights hang on.

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