What if my mechanical floor clock will not operate?

What if my mechanical floor clock will not operate?

  1. Ensure that all of the packing material has been removed.
  2. If the clock is a pendulum type, ensure that the spring clip or rubber band has been removed from the back of the movement.
  3. Try re-starting your clock. For pendulum clocks, it is important to give the pendulum a full swing.
  4. Is the pendulum hitting the weights? If so, check the stability and level of the clock.
  5. Do the hands operate without interference? Do not let the hour hand hit the second hand. If the second hand is rubbing the dial, pull it out slightly. If the hour hand is rubbing against the back of the minute hand, the hour hand should be pushed closer to the dial.
  6. Did you check the suspension spring? If it is not hanging straight down, loosen the thumbscrew and straighten the suspension spring. Retighten the thumbscrew.
  7. Ensure that the verge pin is properly located in the slots of the pendulum guide.
  8. For weight driven clocks, make certain that the weights are in their proper location. The proper position of the weights as you are facing your clock is labeled on the bottom of each weight.
  9. Ensure that the clock is wound or the weights are up.
  10. If your clock has a moving moon, ensure that the moon is not caught on the click spring. Reference the instructions for further details and illustrations.
  11. Your clock could have one or more overlapped cables.  See Frequently Asked Question, "What if my clock has an overlapped cable?"
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