How do Grandfather Clocks work?
1.Stand the case in the position that you wish your clock to be in. If there is a skirting board at floor level, it may be necessary to fix to the back of the case a similar thickness piece of wood so that the case will stand up straight and not lean backwards. If the clock is to stand on a carpet, sometimes the carpet thickness against the wall is greater due to a hem or grip rods. It may be necessary to compensate for this by using a piece of matching carpet or wood and placing it under the front feet so that the case stands flat and solid against the wall. If you wish to screw the case to the wall, this can now be done as long as it is standing straight up and not leaning backwards. If it is leaning a little to the left or right, this can be compensated for later on, but only a small amount.
2. Placing the works into the case
Before doing this, always check, on every occasion, that the gut lines are still on the winding barrels and have not dropped off onto the winding spindles. If they have, undo them and put them back onto the barrels. It may be necessary to undo the guts from the seat board and take the pulley wheels off, to unwind the gut off the spindles. If this is the case, always remember to replace the pulley wheels before fastening the gut back onto the seatboard.
Place the works onto the case and position in a central situation. Most works will sit reasonably squarely in the case, the edge of the seatboard level with the front and sides of the case, although there can be a small overhang at one side or the other. The works should be just forward enough from the back of the case, to allow the crutch, through which the pendulum swings, to be free from the backboard.
3. Hanging the Pendulum on
Most pendulums have a front and back. The flat, polished part of the pendulum bob, should be at the front. If you have had the pendulum sent to you fastened to a piece of wood, the feather or suspension spring, may need a turn to get it correctly positioned on the pendulum rod.
Feed the pendulum through the door in the clock trunk up through the hole in the back of the seatboard, threading the feather or suspension spring through the eye of the pendulum crutch and hanging it between the cheeks of the bar at the back of the clock works. The pendulum should be hanging free from the backboard of the clock case. If it is scratching against the back, the case may still be leaning backwards and a thicker piece of wood will have to be fastened to the...