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
Charlie
1 year ago

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

Cindy Delp
Cindy Delp
3 months ago

I did what you said and the heaviest weight is on the chimes. It chimes only when I put pressure on the weight itself

Cindy Delp
Cindy Delp
3 months ago

It is a Very old German DUFA The numbers on back is No# 18060 Com # 06812 Uhr 434/6.8.

tccbt
tccbt(@tccbt)
1 month ago

Hello, I am having the same problem. When you say replace, are you talking about replacing the clock or potentially the weight?

nancy
nancy
1 year ago

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

Deedee
Deedee
1 year ago

Alll 3 weights are stuck at top

James steele
3 months ago
Reply to  Deedee

All three weights are stuck down won’t go up wound tight when received

Al Jones
Al Jones
1 year ago

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, at times, the second hand whirs around very rapidly

Al Jones
Al Jones
1 year ago

UW66010 is stamped on the back of the movement. The shop sticker was “escape wheel replaced”, not what I had written previous. Would a new movement have a night time silent feature? (we need that).

Al Jones
Al Jones
1 year ago

It is also stamped:
31229

URGOS
MADE IN GERMANY
NO(0) JEWELS
UNADJUSTED

Al Jones
Al Jones
1 year ago

Those numbers are correct:
UW66010
31229
Ridgeway Serial #85019556
This clock was purchased in the late 1980’s from Northside Clocks, who has been doing the service work.

Al Jones
Al Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  Al Jones

Our repairman said the center shaft was seized. He oiled it and it’s working well now. He said that might last several years, but if it happens again, he would need to replace it. I suspect that then be the time to put in a new movement.

Al Jones
Al Jones
8 months ago

James, I’m ready to buy this movement. Is it possible to speak to you via phone before I make the purchase?

Dottie
Dottie
1 year ago

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

Dottie
Dottie
1 year ago
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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
Steve
1 year ago

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
Ann Smith
1 year ago

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
Kay Pike
1 year ago

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.?

Aquinas
Aquinas
1 year ago

James: I just read your string here regarding a stuck or over-wound left chain which is what I have a problem with. You say above that it will come down on its own if the chime is working; my chime works fine and the clock keeps perfect time (for more than two years) but contrary to your answer above, the left weight is not coming down on its own. I have not yet done your pulling on the weight instruction yet….should I do that while the clock is running or should I stop the pendulum?

Aquinas
Aquinas
1 year ago

This seems to be counter to your instruction above to release the strike weight as follows:
“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.”

Why would the quoted instruction not apply? Why do you suggest a new movement?

Darlene
Darlene
8 months ago
Reply to  Aquinas

Do not pull too hard I just stretched out a large portion of the links on the chain where I pull down. Now what do I do?

Harry Reitz
Harry Reitz
1 year ago

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
Sandra
1 year ago

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

Stephen Mays
Stephen Mays
1 year ago

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

Vickey
Vickey
1 year ago

What happens if I can’t get the weights to move down. the left and the right stuck at the top the middle is OK but I can’t get them to pull down a little to make chimes or for them to move down any further.

Vicki Harley
Vicki Harley
1 year ago

My weight chain on the right can be pulled up or down freely could it be off the cog ?

Bonnie Kyzer
Bonnie Kyzer
1 year ago

How do I thread the chains

Jessica Schreiber
Jessica Schreiber
1 year ago

I tried to do this and middle weight still won’t budge. Any ideas of why?

Jake Brooks
Jake Brooks
1 year ago

I accidentally left the winding key in the center crank hole for the weight overnight, now I can NOT get it to run for more than a few minutes at a time, it’s been passed down from my father who recently passed away and I’m absolutely stressed about it I’ve kept it going ever since he passed as he always had for years and my mistake leaving that key in because I got distracted while waiting for the minute hand to move enough to reach the chime weight.

Carol wiliiams
Carol wiliiams
1 year ago

Where excetly do u hang the pedgelum? Video please if possible

Gerald &jan Donnelly

Right weight slides down after winding won’t stay up

Harry Reitz
Harry Reitz(@harryr1945)
1 year ago

My weights are stuck all of the way up. How do I free them?

Helene
Helene
1 year ago

How to oil a grandfather clock

Marsha Clisby
Marsha Clisby
1 year ago

How to fix the weights when pulled up too high on a grandmother clock?

Alan Fisher
Alan Fisher
1 year ago

Greetings James,
I regretfully allowed both Strike and Chime weights to go down too far and the clock movement was stopped. When I rectified the matter by pulling both weights into the top position I discovered that the minute hand jams up and stops the pendulum at about 25 past. If I turn back the minute hand a few minutes the pendulum works and the minute hand progresses until reaching the 25 past mark and jams again. I did not want to force the minute hand for fear of causing damage but also did not want to take the minute bank back past the 15-minute mark for the same reason.
Your advice on how to un-jam the movement would be appreciated.
Best regards,
Alan
South Africa,

Babs B
Babs B
11 months ago

My grandmother clock is from a Cambridge Hall Clock kit by Craft Oroducts.My mother in law won it for a raffle contribution of 25 cents in the 70’s (?)

It will not run more than a few hours at a time . Chimes appropriately on all quarter hours when running. Sometimes makes a loud pop/ click sound in chiming portion when running.

Would be so happy to have it in good working order.

-Babs

Kathy
Kathy
11 months ago

12/29/2020 Thanks this worked to get the two outside cable weights coming down as they used to with the center weight. I had to work through 3 or 4 hours of lowering the chiming weight, but it appears to be working now.
I did not wind the weights too high, but perhaps the chime weight cable was mis-wound on top of itself not allowing it to descend ?
Your clear instructions worked and I am thankful!
Kathy in Colo.

Curtis
Curtis
10 months ago

I followed the above recommendation to free up the chime side, and pulling on the weight had no effect. What next?

Curtis
Curtis
10 months ago

Tried pulling on the right weight to get it to chime, no joy. What next?

Gary D Bullock
Gary D Bullock
10 months ago

after having my weights stuck after raising weights too far my clock chimes on the quarter hour but when it strikes it sounds if only the left hand side is working

Ed
Ed
10 months ago

I cannot pull my chains up to attach the weights. They are very near the bottom and will continue to pull in that direction but not up (so that I can attach the weights).

Mary
Mary
9 months ago

The middle weight on my grandfather clock comes down only it does not chime anymore

Diane Morabito
Diane Morabito
9 months ago

How do
I correctly set the time? Counter clockwise?or clockwise??

Judy
Judy
9 months ago

I forgot to wind my grandfather clock and the chime is now an hour behind the hands. How can I put it right?

Laura
Laura
8 months ago

I just acquired an ethan allen grandmother clock that appears to have all three weights very stuck at the top. I tried your comments above to free said middle weight but nothing. What is the next step? Model #3800 Movement -E Dial- AE Serial #91076

Mr-Mrs Ron Mattes
Mr-Mrs Ron Mattes
8 months ago

When winding the clock, the right weight will not stay at the top but falls freely to bottom of case

Byron himes
Byron himes
8 months ago

Hi, our strike weight is at the bottom and won’t pull back up, the other weights seem to be fine, any ideas?

Bob
Bob
7 months ago

My clock only strikes once no matter the time. All weights are working except the strike weight only strikes once no matter what time it is. I have tried setting the clock to one o’clock which corresponds to the hour it strikes no matter what. I have advanced the clock twelve hours with hope that when I move the time to two o’clock no such luck. What is my next step?

Alfred j Ortiz
7 months ago

Center weight on grandmother clock

Kevin Hein
Kevin Hein
7 months ago

Should I pull down on them at any time for a few seconds?

Scott Segreaves
Scott Segreaves
7 months ago

I was trying to relieve the stuck chime weight chain and the chain broke at three quarters around the gear. NOW WHAT??

Carol
Carol
6 months ago

Why won’t my grandmother clock keep running. It is run by weights and a pendulum.

Tammy
Tammy
6 months ago

Left side weight does not drop left side retard bar stuck out will not drop down to hit the chimes what do I do

Stan
Stan
6 months ago

I have oiled and cleaned my grandfather clock mechanism and it running much better. I found the chains holding the weights to be sticky and presume this is old grease. Should these chains be cleaned and or oiled ?
Many thanks for your advice

Walt
Walt
6 months ago

The center weight chain has no tension. When I try to pull the weight up, it just goes back down. It doesn’t catch. The clock is an Emperor with a Hermle movement.

shelly
6 months ago

My middle weight is all the way to the bottom of the clock and the outer weights are up top. How do I fix?

Robert Olson
Robert Olson
5 months ago

Is there a way to release the weights to come down some to see if the cable got crossed to lock up the chimes on both sides. Is there any pictures of the works of a Howard Miller clock where I can check to see what needs to be adjusted? It was sold in 1990.

Dale Dupree
Dale Dupree
5 months ago

I have recently purchased a Seth Thomas Grand mother clock and set it up as best as i could. I installed the weights, in the places that there were marked for. It will keep accurate time but will not chime. The switch on the face is set to chime but doesn.t go to the bottom of the path.

Janice T. Guilbeau
Janice T. Guilbeau
5 months ago

The strike weight on my clock drops down to only about 18″ then stops in that position. However,the hour still strikes but only goes up to six rings then starts at 1 to 6 again.

Brenda
4 months ago

Clock runs good but won’t chime
Serial number 85001238

Caroline Lowery
4 months ago

Hello! I have a Vienna Regulator wall clock that was just serviced by a horologist. When we hung it at home, I wound it and it worked for 30 minutes, then stopped. The two weights are stuck at the top (my fault in winding too much, I’m sure). I can get the left weight to come down ever so slowly, per your instructions in the article, but the right weight will not budge.
Any suggestions you can offer would be great. Our horologist is on vacation until September.
Thank you!

Rickie Bonnette
Rickie Bonnette
4 months ago

I have A howard x miller grandfather clock I just bought and the lady i got it from put the left &right weights on the wrong side than she wound the clock it seems to keep the correct time but the rgt and left weights are not coming down they are to high to unhook and switch them what can i do

Kenny
3 months ago

What about CABLED weights? How does one get them to come down when stuck?

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