If a stud is not a possibility, use a molly bolt or other heavy duty wall anchor. Remember that clocks can be heavy. An eight-day cuckoo clock with three weights can weigh 15 pounds or more. If a small child pulls on one of the weights, the downward pressure can easily exceed 50 pounds.
Setting Up the Wall Clock
Remove any packing material from around your clock. If your clock has chimes, make sure you remove the packing material from around the chime rods and check that the hammers are free to move.
Hang the clock on a securely mounted hook or screw on the wall. Hang the pendulum on the pendulum leader (a small brass or steel strap or a wire bent to form a hook) that hangs below the clock movement.
Hanging the Weights
Weights are usually hung with the lightest weight on your left and the heaviest weight on your right. Modern weights are often marked with an L (Left), a C (Center), and an R (Right).
However, in many wall clocks, the weights weigh the same and are interchangeable. Cuckoos and two-weight wall clocks are often in this category.
If your clock has cables, be careful that the cable doesn’t slip off the pulley wheel while you are hanging the weights.
Getting the Clock in Beat
Pendulum clocks must be level to run properly. If instead of an even tick … tock … tick … tock, your clock runs with a tock tick …… tock tick …… your clock isn’t level. Try moving the bottom of the clock to the left or right until you hear a nice, even tick … tock.
At this point, your clock should be hanging securely on the wall, ready to give you years of pleasure.
5/16/2018 06:52:00 am
Thank you for the information on adjusting the Petaluma it has worked
12/16/2019 10:40:06 am
Thank you so much for your tip to find a stud to put the nails into so that you don't have to worry about the clock falling. A couple of weeks ago, my mother was telling me about her plans to redecorate her formal dining room. I really think a nice wall clock would work perfectly in that room. I will have to look for clock that I could get my mother for a holiday gift.
8/6/2020 03:52:05 pm
My wall clock is almost identical to the one in the picture. Mine has 3 beveled glass pieces in the same spot and the bottom of the clock is the same design.
10/12/2020 08:04:00 pm
My grandpa gave me his old wall clock, but the thing is, one of its hands is not working, which is why I've decided to start looking for a repair service that may fix this matter. Anyhow, thank you for these tips; I'll make sure to hang it in the securely mounted hook. I'll also keep in mind to double-check if the cable will slip off the pulley wheel.
3/15/2021 06:08:52 am
Hiya, I have a large (3ft) wall mounted pendulum clock and am a bit worried in case it were to fall. Would there be any problems with securing it at the bottom as well?
12/24/2022 04:48:18 pm
Inherited a Hermle Franz (72) 45CM Westminster Chime wall clock. It refused to keep time Pendulum simply stopped. Took movement out and got it running for about an hour. Put movement back in clock and hung on wall. It stopped again!
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