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How to Fix a Tempus Fugit Grandfather Clock

Updated April 17, 2017

A Tempus Fugit Grandfather clock is made like any other Grandfather clock, only they were made in Asia, and not in America or Germany. The mechanisms within the clock are the same, for they have a pendulum, chimes, face, hands and inner mechanisms that work in synchronised order within the clock allowing it to function properly. When one part malfunctions, the rest of the clock mechanisms may be thrown out of alignment and will need to be adjusted.

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  1. Gently open the back of the Tempus Fugit Grandfather clock with a small pair of pliers. Examine the spring of the clock to see if it is in working order. Oil the spring in the pivot sections or replace the spring with a new one if it is faulty or too old. Use a small pair of pliers to remove it, if necessary. Place a small amount of clock oil onto the gears within the clock, and oil the clock mechanisms once every three years for maintenance.

  2. Examine the weights on your Tempus Fugit Grandfather clock. Carefully remove the pendulum -- which is the piece that swings back and forth -- and set it on aside. Check to see that the weights are pulled up and in proper order. Look at the bottom of the weights where they are marked left, right and centre; if tangled, adjust the weights so they are in their proper place.

  3. Hook the pendulum back up after the weights are aligned. Make sure the pendulum is hung correctly. The shiny side of the pendulum should always be facing front. Adjust the pendulum bob to regulate the speed of the clock. Push the bob up in order to run the clock faster or push it down to slow the clock.

  4. Check the hands on the clock to make sure they are not touching. If they are stuck, gently move the hour hand away from the minute hand by turning it counterclockwise.

  5. Bend the minute hand towards you if the hands continue to touch or get stuck in place. Be careful not to break off any part of the hand when pulling, and always make sure that the hands are not rubbing against the clock face.

  6. Set the time by putting the minute hand on the hour that you want the clock to chime. Wind the big hand around counterclockwise one time to the 12. Set the moon dial on the clock next by pressing against it while rotating the dial to the right.

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Things You'll Need

  • Clock oil
  • Small pliers

About the Author

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger began writing professionally in 1994, as an entertainment reporter for "Good Times Magazine." She has written online copy for The Volusia Community website and is the author of "Antiquing in Florida." Stamberger studied creative writing at Southampton College, where she won a partial writing scholarship.

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