Mechanical Grandfather Clock Positioning

May 7, 2019 8:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Mechanical Grandfather Clock Positioning

Mechanical Grandfather Clock Positioning in the house should be in a place with not much vibrations. If you have a people or pets coming and going in that area you would have to take this in account. The clock needs a firm base on the floor in a room that does not bounce much if you jump up and down in the room. Its not mandatory, but it will help if there is not so much vibration disruption to the operation of the movement.

The clock cannot be firmly anchored to the wall and the top of the case cannot be up against the wall. If anchored to the wall, it will need to be done in a way the clock case can move slightly still, side to side. This is why you see most wall clocks with the rubber feet on the back of the case also. This is because in a sense the entire clock case is swinging with the pendulum, and if this is not allowed for the clock case it may cease to function when the weights meet the bob area. The rhythmic vibrations is attempting to move the weights and cant, at the same time its trying to keep momentum but ends up stopping the clock. You fix this by moving the top of the clock case away from the wall. Its like the whole case is swinging with the movement and pendulum in a way. And when its up against the wall on the top side then it will stop when the weights and bob are the same height.

The clock should be firmly set on the bottom side of the clock case on the floor, the top should be free to rock a little. The clock will be top heavy when the weights are all up, so the firm base is a good idea.

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