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.
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