Grandfather Clock Weights Stuck

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Grandfather Clock Weights Stuck

The Grandfather clock weights can get stuck in the high position if over wound. Some larger clocks have over wind protection to prevent this. The grandmother and grandfather chain drive units often do not have this feature. When winding the weights up make sure the top of the weight can be seen when done. Never go to the point where the top of the shiny weight cover cant be seen.

Chime weight stuck

The chime weight is on the right as you face the clock and has the heaviest weight. Using cloth gloves, or at least a cloth of some kind, pull down on the weight some. This is the same as making the weight weigh more. At the same time, turn the minute hand past the quarter hour to see if it will engage the chime. When you advance the time and make it chime, the weight will slowly come down. This will hopefully be enough to activate and run the chime on its own.

Time weight stuck

The time weight is the center weight which can be light or heavy depending on bob size. This is the hardest weight to deal with out of the three. Try pulling down some while swinging the pendulum. See if it starts running on its own when letting go. If this does not work, take off the pendulum. All it will have is the pendulum leader hanging on the back of the movement.

This will make it tick tock faster than if the pendulum was on. The leader will tick tock faster as you pull down some on the weight. The weight will then come down enough to run the clock. If all else fails, and it’s a chain driven clock, you would need to cut the chain in half, or break a link, to take the movement out of the clock. With the movement out of the clock it can be fixed.

Strike weight stuck

The strike weight is on the left as you face the clock and has the lightest weight. Only after the chime weight is operating correctly can you work on the strike weight. If the clock does not run through the chime sequence it will not get to where it strikes out the hours. With some cloth gloves on, or at least a cloth of some kind, pull down on the weight some.

Again, this is the same as making the weight weigh more. Doing this will make the clock strike. Advance the minute hand and let it chime each quarter until it plays the top of the hour song. Then pull a little on the weight when it’s supposed to strike out the hours. Keep advancing the time with the minute hand, as to make it chime and strike. Then slowly the weight will come down enough to be able to activate and run the strike on its own.

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Charlie
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Charlie

How do I get my weights to come down after pulled up to far

nancy
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nancy

on the strike, do I pull down on the weight the same time as advancing the minute hand ?

Deedee
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Deedee

Alll 3 weights are stuck at top

Al Jones
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Al Jones

I have a 30 year old Ridgeway Grandfathers clock (corner style all cherry). Three years ago, my local clock shop replaced six bushings and the escapement and oiled it. Last month, it stopped. None of the weights move. The 2nd hand is very hard to move, either direction. I can get it to chime, but it doesn’t keep time. I pulled the pendulum, and it’s running fast, the second hand moves, but the weight height doesn’t change. The middle weight is all the way at the top, perhaps I overwound it? If I move the 2nd hand, which is difficult,… Read more »

Dottie
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Dottie

What if the I’ve doesnt free the weights what’s the next thing

Dottie
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Dottie
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Pulling down on weight doesn’t move them… what else can i do ?so sad not listening to my beautiful clock… please help

Steve
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Steve

The center weight on my Ridgeway Grandfather clock works in one direction only. The clock maintains good time, however I can’t pull the center chain down to bring the weight back to the top of the clock (can’t rewind the cable). What is wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

Ann Smith
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Ann Smith

The weight on the right, which I understand is the chime weight, is stuck too night in the case. The chimes seem to be correct, however. Should I gently pull down on the weight?? Will that get it unstuck? How will I know? I thank you! Ann

Kay Pike
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Kay Pike

I pulled the weight on the left too high..my clock doesn’t chime the correct hour. Will the weight eventually correct itself, and come down.?

Harry Reitz
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Harry Reitz

Have a Ridgeway Grandmother clock. Time works fine. It appears as if is overwound. Chime & Strike weights are all the way to the top. Tried moving the minute hand & pulling on the chime weight. Can hear a slight click as it passes each quarter hour. Any suggestions.

Sandra
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Sandra

The middle weight of my long case clock is on the floor. What do I do.?

Stephen Mays
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Stephen Mays

What happens when all weights of the clock fall to the bottom of the chassis

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