How to Set Up a Grandfather Clock After it Has Been in Storage

Updated February 21, 2017

A grandfather clock is a full-sized pendulum clock that chimes on the hour, in most cases. The clock works through a series of weights. Proper installation of the grandfather clock in a new location is important if you want it to work properly. Make sure your grandfather clock has all of its pieces if it has been in storage. Remove the weights and the pendulum before you move the grandfather clock.

Stand the grandfather clock in its new position and make sure it is level by adjusting the levellers on the bottom of the clock. Screw the levellers on the clock up or down to adjust the level of the clock. Stand back and look at the clock from a distance of five to six feet to ensure it is level after you adjust the levellers. A clock that isn't level won't work right.

Open the front door on the clock and locate the pendulum guide inside the grandfather clock. The pendulum guide is a metal rod with a hook or pin at the end of it that hangs in front of the clock's pulleys. The pendulum guide should be immediately visible inside the clock's door. Turn the pendulum so the front is facing you and hang the pendulum on the pendulum guide's hook or pin.

Hang the grandfather clock's weights on the correct pulleys. The weights will be labelled "left," "right" and "center." Hang the weights on the pulleys that correspond to those locations.

Set the time on the grandfather clock by turning the minute hand clockwise until the hour and minute time are at the correct time. Don't turn the hour hand on its own.

Pull the pendulum to the left and let it go to start the clock.

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