How to keep your pendulum clock running
It is not difficult to keep a pendulum clock running properly if a few basic procedures are observed. The following are some hints which will help keep your old clock in good operating order.
SET - UP
Place clock in its permanent location. This should be a solid surface that is as level as possible
Next, hang pendulum on hook or hangar which is inside the clock case. The hangar is usually, but not always located to the rear of the movement. Gently attach the pendulum to the hangar. Never drop the pendulum onto the suspension hook.
Use clock key and wind up your clock. Springs should be fully wound. Remember, an unwound clock will not run.
Swing pendulum so that the clock starts to tick
On simple hour striking clocks (time & strike movements), move the minute hand (long hand) forward past 12 o’clock and count the number of times clock strikes. Then move the hour hand (short hand) to that hour. Some chiming clocks have a self adjusting feature eliminating this step.
If the clock runs fast
Never move or transport a clock without first removing or disengaging the pendulum.
Never, never move the minute hand (long hand) backwards especially within 10 minutes of striking the hour.
Do not oil the movement indiscriminately - Very little oil on pivots and moving parts is required. Excess oil will allow dust to collect and really cause damage. There is a right kind of oil to use and wrong kinds of oil that can be used. It is best to have clock serviced periodically by a competent clock repair person.
When I am looking at a clock to be repaired, I usually inquire as to when the clock was last serviced. Many times I have heard that "a good friend worked on the clock". The best advice that I can give is that " a good friend may not necessarily be a good clock repair person". In order to reduce the possibility of having a friend cause additional damage to your clock, repairs should be performed only by a qualified & reputable repair person.
Old Antique Clocks are fascinating, many are beautiful works of art, and many are real collectors timepieces or family heirlooms and therefore, should be given a certain amount of care to insure many years of continued service.