Grandfather Clock Instruction Manual

Grandfather Clock Instruction Manual
Grandfather Clock
Instruction Manual
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BASIC OPERATION OF A FLOOR CLOCK
At the heart of every floor clock is the movement. The movement controls the hour strike, time keeping, and
chime. The pendulum and weights are critical components to operation of the clock movement.
The pendulum provides the ability to regulate and adjust the time keeping. As described within these
instructions, adjustments to the pendulum to achieve accurate time keeping is easily accomplished.
The three weights provide power to the hour strike (left weight), time (center weight), and chime melody (right
weight). Without these weights, the clock would not operate. Each weight is different and must be properly hung
from the movement (left, center, right) to ensure proper operation. Weights are hung from the movement by a
cable or chain. The weights must be raised at least every 7 days or the clock will stop. Raising cable driven
weights is accomplished through use of a crank. Raising chain driven weights is accomplished by pulling down
on the loose end of the chain.
The strike and chime sounds are made by a series of hammers hitting various length rods. Each rod makes a
different sound when hit by a hammer. Specific chime melodies are achieved by controlling the sequence that
each hammer hits a corresponding rod.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
• Please take a moment to record the clock model number and serial number in the space provided in the Service
Information section on page 12.
• The product information label lists the clock model number and serial number. The clock model number and
serial number are essential for obtaining parts or service. The product information label may be located in several
locations: outside the shipping carton, back of door, back of the clock, top of the clock, inside the top back corner
of the clock, or inside the clock above the back of the dial. Refer to this label when contacting us or your dealer.
• Attach your sales receipt to this manual for future reference, and record the information from the Product
Information Label, as indicated on page 7.
• Please keep any original packing that came with your floor clock.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FLOOR CLOCK: CABLE
Setting Up Your Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hanging Pendulum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hanging Weights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting Moon Dial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3
3
4
4
4
4
FLOOR CLOCK: CHAIN
Setting Up Your Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hanging Pendulum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hanging Weights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting Moon Dial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5
5
6
6
6
6
GENERAL INFORMATION
Product Information Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Moving Your Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing / Removing Top Side Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Glass Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Raising Weights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Regulating Timekeeping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Automatic Night-Time Silencing Option . . . . . . . . . . .
Chime Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Care And Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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7
7
7
8
8
8
9
9
TROUBLE SHOOTING
Difficulty Rotating The Moon Dial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Clock Does Not Chime At Proper Time . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Clock Does Not Strike The Correct Hour . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Clock Will Not Chime or Strike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Chimes Have The Incorrect Tone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Clock Will Not Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
SERVICE INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
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FOLLOW THESE SIX STEPS TO SET UP CLOCKS THAT REQUIRE WEIGHTS
SUSPENDED FROM A PULLEY AND CABLE
STEP 1
SETTING UP YOUR CLOCK
Located in the bottom of the shipping carton will be a box. This box contains:
a) a key to fit your clock door, b) a crank which will be used to wind your
clock and, c) weights which operate the clock movement. Also, within the
shipping carton will be the clock pendulum packaged in a separate box.
FOAM PADS
CHIME
HAMMERS
WARNING: KEEP PLASTIC BAGS AND SMALL PARTS AWAY FROM
CHILDREN.
Move the clock close to its final location.
WARNING: ENSURE CLOCK IS POSITIONED SQUARE AND FIRM ON THE
FLOOR SO THAT IT WILL NOT FALL OVER. ADJUST LEVELERS FOR
MAXIMUM STABILITY AND PROPER ALIGNMENT.
Access to the clock movement, chimes and cables is made in three possible
ways; through the front door(s), through the top side panels (or side doors
on some clocks), or through the back access panel. The top side panels are
held from the inside by tape or a plastic clip. The plastic clip may be turned
or tape may be removed permanently. Refer to the General Information
section on page 7 for proper instructions to remove and install top side
panels.
Remove the cardboard sleeve, from around the chime rods and pendulum
guide, by holding the cardboard sleeve at points ‘A’ and ‘B’ and pulling
straight down. Pull straight down and off the ends of the chime rods and
pendulum guide. (See figure 1).
Remove the foam pads from between the chime hammers and chime rods.
Care should be taken to avoid bending the chime hammers. The chime
hammers will be free to move after the cardboard sleeve has been removed,
thereby allowing easy removal of the foam pads.
DO NOT REMOVE THE STYROFOAM BLOCKS from above the cable
pulleys. This is one of the most critical points in the entire set-up operation.
Removing the styrofoam blocks at this time could cause the cables to
overlap and bind the movement. You can remove the styrofoam blocks
AFTER they become loose through normal operation, which typically occurs
after eight (8) hours of run time.
PENDULUM
GUIDE
CARDBOARD
SLEEVE
STYROFOAM
BLOCKS
CHIME
RODS
CABLE
PULLEYS
FIGURE 1
LEVELER
FIGURE 2
Position the clock into its final location. Once in place, your clock cabinet
must be leveled, as the clock may not operate if it is not level. There are four
(4) levelers under the cabinet on each corner that can be screwed in (up) or
out (down) to make adjustments. Place a level alongside the clock cabinet
from front to back and side to side, adjusting the levelers until level. It may
be necessary to periodically check your cabinet after initial set-up,
(especially if the clock is on carpet), as it might settle after original leveling.
(see figure 2). Ensure clock is positioned square and firm on the floor so that
it will not fall over.
Illuminated cases: Some clocks have lights illuminating the inside of the
clock case. Check that all packaging materials have been removed from the
light bulb before operating the light.
NOTE: To perform the following steps we suggest wearing cotton gloves or
using a soft cloth when handling parts.
PENDULUM
GUIDE
STEP 2
HANGING PENDULUM
Some pendulums have a colored protective plastic film covering the
pendulum disk. Carefully remove this film before hanging the pendulum.
To hang the pendulum, locate the pendulum guide through the front door, or
any of the side or back access panel locations. While holding the pendulum
guide with one hand, slip the pendulum in through the front door with your
other hand. Place the pendulum hook through the slot on the pendulum
guide, and lower the pendulum until it is hanging securely on the pendulum
guide. (See figure 3).
PENDULUM
HOOK
STYROFOAM
BLOCKS
CABLE
PULLEYS
PENDULUM
FIGURE 3
3
STEP 3
HANGING WEIGHTS
CABLE
STYROFOAM
BLOCK
CABLE
PULLEY
DO NOT REMOVE THE STYROFOAM BLOCKS until after your clock has been
operating. You can remove the styrofoam blocks AFTER they become loose
through normal operation, which typically occurs after eight (8) hours of run time.
Most clocks use three weights. The bottom of each weight is labeled as to its
proper hanging position as you view your clock from the front. The total weight of
each weight is slightly different and each WEIGHT MUST BE INSTALLED IN ITS
CORRECT LOCATION FOR THE CLOCK TO OPERATE PROPERLY. Check the
weights to ensure that they are tightly assembled.
WEIGHT
Check to make sure that the cable is in the cable pulley. Hang the weights on the
pulleys. (See figure 4).
FIGURE 4
STEP 4
SETTING MOON DIAL (available on some models)
#15 LUNAR
DAY MARK
With your fingertips, apply slight pressure to the front of the moon dial and rotate
the moon dial clockwise until the moon is directly below the #15 lunar day mark
(each mark represents a lunar day) on the lunar arch (See figure 5).
If the moon dial will not rotate, see the Trouble Shooting Section.
Refer to an almanac or calendar and determine the date of the last full moon.
Count the number of days past the last full moon.
Rotate the moon dial clockwise 1 lunar day for every day past the full moon.
Example: If the last full moon was 3 days ago, rotate the moon dial clockwise 3
lunar days so that the moon is centered at lunar day 18 on the lunar arch.
The moon dial is now set and will indicate the proper moon phases as long as the
clock operates continuously. If the clock stops the moon dial will also stop and can
be reset when the clock is started again.
FIGURE 5
STEP 5
SETTING TIME (moving the hands)
CAUTION ON MOVEMENTS WITH AUTOMATIC CHIME SEQUENCING:
The chime selection lever should not be in the “Auto” position when moving the
hands. Moving the hands in either the clockwise or counterclockwise direction
while the automatic chime sequencing is in operation could damage the chime
mechanism.
CAUTION ON MOVEMENTS WITH DAY/NIGHT SHUT-OFF FEATURES:
The Day/Night lever must be in the strike position (all the way up) when moving
the hands.
To set the time, move ONLY THE MINUTE HAND counterclockwise
(backwards) until hour and minute hand are at the correct time. (See figure 6).
DO NOT MOVE THE HOUR HAND WHEN SETTING THE TIME. The hour hand will
move automatically when the minute hand is moved. By moving the minute hand
counterclockwise it is not necessary to wait for the clock to chime as the minute
hand passes each quarter hour. (See figure 6). The movement has a self correcting
feature which synchronizes the chimes with the time. If after setting the clock on
time, it does not chime properly, permit it to operate 2 hours to correct itself.
DAY /
NIGHT
LEVER
HOUR
HAND
MINUTE
HAND
COUNTERCLOCKWISE
FIGURE 6
STEP 6
STARTING CLOCK
Reach through the front door of the clock and place your hand on the side of the
pendulum disk.
Move the pendulum to the far left of center and release. Let the clock operate a
few minutes until the pendulum settles into an even swinging motion.
(See figure 7).
If your clock gains or looses time after twenty-four (24) hours, see General
Information Section to regulate the timekeeping of your clock.
AFTER the styrofoam blocks become loose through normal operation, which
typically occurs after eight (8) hours of run time, you can remove the styrofoam
blocks. Remove the styrofoam blocks by lifting the blocks straight up until they
clear the cable pulley. Then gently push them back, through the cables. Do not
use tools to remove the blocks. Do not permit the cable to overlap on the drum.
FIGURE 7
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CHIME
SELECTION
LEVER
FOLLOW THESE SIX STEPS TO SET UP CLOCKS THAT REQUIRE WEIGHTS
SUSPENDED FROM A CHAIN
STEP 1
SETTING UP YOUR CLOCK
REAR VIEW
Located in the bottom of the shipping carton will be a box. This box contains:
a) a key to fit your clock door and, b) weights which operate the clock movement.
Also, within the shipping carton will be the clock pendulum packaged in a separate
cardboard box.
CHIME HAMMERS
FOAM PAD
WARNING: KEEP PLASTIC BAGS AND SMALL PARTS AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
Move the clock close to its final location.
WARNING: ENSURE CLOCK IS POSITIONED SQUARE AND FIRM ON THE
FLOOR SO THAT IT WILL NOT FALL OVER. ADJUST LEVELERS FOR MAXIMUM
STABILITY AND PROPER ALIGNMENT.
Access to the clock movement, chimes and chains is made in three possible
ways; through the front door(s) through the side or back access panel. The rear
access panel is held in place with plastic clips. Turn the top clips to remove the
rear access panel. The side access panels are held from the inside by tape or a
plastic clip. The clip may be turned or tape may be removed permanently. Refer
to the General Information section on how to properly remove and install side
access panels.
CHIME
RODS
PLASTIC
RETAINER
CHAIN
BAG
(CHIME RODS)
PLASTIC
RETAINER
(CHAINS)
Remove the plastic retainer from the chime rods by carefully tilting and sliding the
retainer down off the ends of the chime rods. Remove the foam pads from
between the hammers and chime rods. Care should be taken to avoid bending the
chime hammers and chime rods.
SPRING
CLIP
PENDULUM
GUIDE
FIGURE 8
The chains have been packed for shipment in a bag and are located near the clock
movement. Pull the bag free and cut the string with scissors. Allow the chains to hang.
CAUTION: Take great care not to pull the chains through the movement or off
the sprockets while removing the plastic retainer from the chains. Carefully
remove the plastic retainer by sliding the retainer down off the chains.
Remove the spring clip from the back side of the movement by first pulling one
end free. (See figure 8).
LEVELER
FIGURE 9
Position the clock into its final location. Once in place, your clock cabinet must be
leveled, as the clock may not operate if it is not level. There are four (4) levelers
under the cabinet on each corner that can be screwed in (up) or out (down) to
make adjustments. Place a level alongside the clock cabinet from front to back and
side to side, adjusting the levelers until level. It may be necessary to periodically
check your cabinet after initial set-up, (especially if the clock is on carpet), as it
might settle after original leveling. (See figure 9). Ensure clock is positioned square
and firm on the floor so that it will not fall over.
Illuminated cases: Some clocks have lights illuminating the inside of the clock case.
Carefully remove the paper sleeve from the light bulb before operating the light.
PENDULUM
GUIDE
NOTE: To perform the following steps we suggest wearing cotton gloves or using
a soft cloth when handling parts.
STEP 2
HANGING PENDULUM
PENDULUM
HOOK
Some pendulums have a colored protective plastic film covering the pendulum
disc. Carefully remove this film before hanging the pendulum.
PENDULUM
To hang the pendulum, locate the pendulum guide through the front door, or any
of the side or back access panel locations. While holding the pendulum guide with
one hand, slip the pendulum in through the front door with your other hand. Place
the pendulum hook through the slot on the pendulum guide, and lower the
pendulum until it is hanging securely on the pendulum guide. (See figure 10).
FIGURE 10
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STEP 3
HANGING WEIGHTS
CHAIN LINKS
Most clocks use three weights. The bottom of each weight is labeled as to its
proper hanging position as you view your clock from the front. The total weight of
each weight is slightly different and each WEIGHT MUST BE INSTALLED IN ITS
CORRECT LOCATION FOR THE CLOCK TO OPERATE PROPERLY. Check the
weights to ensure that they are tightly assembled.
CAUTION: Ensure that each link of each chain is properly positioned on the teeth
of the sprocket. Hang each weight on the solid hook at the end of the chain, never
on the chain links. (See figure 11).
STEP 4
SETTING MOON DIAL (available on some models)
SOLID HOOK
WEIGHT
FIGURE 11
With your fingertips, apply slight pressure to the front of the moon dial and rotate
the moon dial clockwise until the moon is directly below the #15 lunar day mark
(each mark represents a lunar day) on the lunar arch (See figure 12).
#15 LUNAR
DAY MARK
If the moon dial will not rotate, see the Trouble Shooting Section.
Refer to an almanac or calendar and determine the date of the last full moon.
Count the number of days past the last full moon.
Rotate the moon dial clockwise 1 lunar day for every day past the full moon.
Example: If the last full moon was 3 days ago, rotate the moon dial
clockwise 3 lunar days so that the moon is centered at lunar day 18 on the lunar
arch.
The moon dial is now set and will indicate the proper moon phases as long as the
clock operates continuously. If the clock stops the moon dial will also stop and can
be reset when the clock is started again.
FIGURE 12
STEP 5
SETTING TIME (moving the hands)
To set the time, move ONLY THE MINUTE HAND counterclockwise (backwards)
until hour and minute hand are at the correct time. (See figure 13).
DO NOT MOVE THE HOUR HAND WHEN SETTING THE TIME. This hand will
move automatically when the minute hand is moved. By moving the minute hand
counterclockwise it is not necessary to wait for the clock to chime as the minute
hand passes each quarter hour. The movement has a self correcting feature which
synchronizes the chimes with the time. If after setting the clock on time, it does
not chime properly, permit it to operate 2 hours to correct itself.
HOUR
HAND
MINUTE
HAND
COUNTERCLOCKWISE
FIGURE 13
STEP 6
STARTING CLOCK
Reach through the front door of the clock and place your hand on the side of the
pendulum disk.
Move the pendulum to the far left of center and release. Let the clock run a few
minutes until the pendulum settles into an even swinging motion. (See figure 14).
If your clock gains or looses time after 24 hours, see General Information Section
to regulate the timekeeping of your clock.
FIGURE 14
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GENERAL INFORMATION
PRODUCT INFORMATION LABEL
The product information label identifies the clock model number and serial number.
The clock model number and serial number are essential for obtaining parts or service.
The product information label is located in several locations: outside the shipping
carton, back of door, back of the clock, top of the clock, inside the top back corner of
the clock, or inside the clock above the back of the dial. Refer to this label when
contacting us or your dealer. For easy reference in the future, take a moment to record
these numbers in the space provided in the Service Information Section (page 12.)
Attach your sales receipt to this manual for future reference.
PRODUCT INFORMATION LABEL
MOVING YOUR CLOCK
Care should be taken whenever you move your clock to insure that all accessory parts
such as the pendulum and weights, are removed and packed properly to prevent
damage. NEVER wind a cable drive movement without weights installed.
HOW TO REMOVE/INSTALL THE TOP SIDE PANELS FROM THE CLOCK
Your clock may have wood or glass top side panels. When removed, you have access
to the clock movement and chime area. The panels may be held in place during
shipment by tape or a plastic clip. In order to remove the panel, reach in through the
front door and turn the plastic clip or remove the tape. Then follow these steps:
1. Grasp the wood slats or knob with the tips of your fingers. Be careful not to push
on the grill cloth or glass as you might separate it from the wood top side panel.
2. Lift the top side panel up. It rests in a groove on the bottom edge.
3. Push the bottom edge of the top side panel toward the center of the case while at
the same time, pull the top edge down and out of the groove in the top of the
opening.
4. Tilt the top edge of the top side panel toward the case center.
5. Remove the top side panel from frame opening, bottom end first.
When installing wooden or glass top side panels reverse steps 1 thru 5.
STEP 1
STEP 2
STEP 3
GLASS FEATURES
Note that minor character marks are created by the glass making processes such as
heat bending, cutting, or polishing. These character marks are visible to the eye. They
are natural and are not considered as flaws.
When cleaning glass, use a non-ammonia glass cleaner. Never spray the cleaner directly
on the clock.
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STEP 4
STEP 5
RAISING WEIGHTS
The weights must be raised every seven (7) days or the clock will stop.
FLOOR CLOCK: Cables with pulleys
Weights that are suspended by cables with pulleys should be raised by using the
crank provided. DO NOT lift the weights by hand while cranking. Insert the crank
into the crank holes located in the dial face (See figure 15), and turn the crank
counterclockwise. This will raise the weights.
CRANK
HOLE
FLOOR CLOCK: Chains
IMPORTANT: PULL STRAIGHT DOWN ON THE CHAIN.
DO NOT lift up on the weights as this could cause the weights to come unhooked
from the chains. Pull down on the loose end of the chain until the weight is
approximately 2” from the bottom of the wood movement mounting board. (See
figure 16).
CRANK
HOLE
CRANK
FIGURE 15
REGULATING TIMEKEEPING
Changing the speed of time keeping is accomplished by moving the pendulum
disk up or down. The pendulum disk is moved up or down by turning the
adjustment nut. To slow the clock down, move the pendulum disk down by turning
the adjustment nut to the left.
To speed the clock up, move the pendulum disk up by turning the adjustment nut
to the right. (See figure 17).
Day One
1. Select a time of day that will allow you to check your clock at
the same time for at least six days.
2. Record time selected __________________________________.
3. Check correct time.
4. Re-set the minute hand to the exact, correct time.
FIGURE 16
Day Two, Three, Four, Five, Six (If Necessary)
1. Check correct time.
2. Compare time shown on your clock with correct time. Is your
clock fast or slow?
3. Turn the adjustment nut on the pendulum . One complete
revolution equals approximately one half (1/2) minute fast or slow per
day. (24 hours). Accurate time adjustment varies for every pendulum.
4. Check correct time.
5. Re-set the minute hand to exact, correct time.
HOOK
AUTOMATIC NIGHTTIME SHUT OFF (available on some models)
ADJUSTMENT
NUT
Some clock models feature an option which will automatically silence the chime
and hour strike between the hours of 10:15 p.m. and 7:15 a.m. (Last chime at
10:00 p.m. and first chime at 7:15 a.m.). Use the lever on the left-hand side of the
dial to select this option.
If your clock remains silent between 10:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., you need to re-set
the clock hands back 12 hours. First, take the movement out of nighttime shutoff,
then move the hands backwards 12 hours, rotate the minute hand (only)
counterclockwise to the correct time.
LYRE
PENDULUM
DISK
ILLUMINATED CASES (available on some models)
Some clocks have lights illuminating the inside of the clock case. Carefully remove
the paper sleeve from the light bulb before operating the light.
SPEED UP
SLOW
DOWN
FIGURE 17
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CHIME SELECTION
Selecting the chime melody is accomplished by a selection lever on the clock dial.
Some models play only the Westminster chime, while others give you a selection of
three melodies. Some models also have an automatic chime sequencing feature. This
feature allows the movement to automatically change the chime selection every hour.
Selection of the chime sequencing feature or one of the three chime melodies is done
with the selector lever.
MOVE CHIME SELECTION LEVER
ONLY WHEN MINUTE HAND IS IN
SAFE TIME AREA
If the dial states “Chime-Silent,” your clock has only the Westminster chime. If your
clock has a triple chime movement, the chime lever identifies the melody choices.
All floor clock movements have the Big Ben hour gong which will count the hour, on the
hour. DO NOT attempt to move the chime selection lever while the clock is chiming.
Doing so could damage the chime mechanism. See figure 18 for when it is safe to move
the chime selection lever without damaging the movement.
SAFE
TIME
SAFE
TIME
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your clock requires little care and maintenance.
Listed below are steps you can take to maintain the exceptional quality of your clock.
FIGURE 18
• Wind your clock every seven (7) days.
• Keep the door locked.
• Wax and polish your clock cabinet as frequently as you do your other furniture.
Use a non-silicone liquid or paste wax.
• Avoid exposing the clock to direct sunlight and protect from extreme temperatures
and humidity changes. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may fade the finish while
extreme temperature and humidity changes may cause the wood to split or crack.
• Check periodically to ensure that your clock rests firmly on all four levelers. This is
especially important the first few months if the clock is on carpet. As the clock’s feet
settle into the carpet, it could become unbalanced. Adjustment to any of the four
levelers may be needed.
• Check the weights occasionally to ensure that they are still tightly assembled.
• It is recommended that your clock movement be oiled every two (2) years from the
date of purchase and thoroughly cleaned every five (5) to ten (10) years depending on
climatic conditions. Extremely dry, humid or salty air, heat or cold may necessitate more
frequent servicing. We do not recommend that you service the clock movement
yourself. Contact an Authorized Service Center. (See Service Information Section)
TROUBLE SHOOTING
Ensure that all instructions provided with your product have been carefully followed.
These instructions will provide detailed information to answer most questions. Contact
our web site for a list of frequently asked questions that may conveniently resolve your
problem or answer your questions.
DIFFICULTY ROTATING THE MOON DIAL
If the moon dial will not rotate (as described in the set up operations STEP 4), this
may indicate that the gears which automatically advance the moon dial are engaged.
To correct this situation, rotate the minute hand backward 3-1/2 hours as described
in STEP 5 of the set up operation, set the moon dial, and then set the time as
described in STEP 6.
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SAFE
TIME
CLOCK DOES NOT CHIME AT PROPER TIME
If the clock chimes more than one minute before or after the proper time, the
minute hand should be removed and adjusted.
CAUTION: When performing this operation be careful not to scratch the hand nut,
hand or dial.
1.
When the clock starts to chime, stop the pendulum and record the time.
BACK SIDE OF
MINUTE HAND
2. Using pliers, carefully remove the small nut that holds the minute hand in
place by turning the nut counterclockwise while at the same time hold the minute
hand with your fingers near the small nut.
BUSHING
3. Remove the hand from the hand shaft by grasping it with your fingers at the
point where it attaches to the shaft. Pull the hand straight off. This hand is not
screwed on and should come off easily. The minute hand has a small raised area
on the back side directly around the shaft hole, this is the hand bushing. Using
pliers, grip the bushing firmly by its sides so that it cannot slip in the pliers. With
your other hand, turn the clock hand forward or backward the distance necessary
to chime at the correct time. (See figure 19).
4. Re-attach the hand to the shaft and turn the hand nut finger tight. Make sure
the hand points to the correct location that you recorded in Step 1 plus any
corrections you made in step 3. If the hand does not point to the correct mark,
repeat steps 2 and 3.
5.
Snug up the hand nut with the pliers. Do not over tighten.
6.
Start pendulum.
7. Re-set the time by moving ONLY THE MINUTE HAND counterclockwise
(backwards) as described in Step 5 of the set-up operation.
EXAMPLE: Clock chimes at 1:10 but should chime at 1:15.
Step 1: When clock chimes at 1:10 stop the pendulum and record the time of 1:10.
Step 2: Carefully remove the small nut. Step 3: Remove the minute hand. Grip the
bushing by its sides and turn the hand forward 5 minutes. Step 4: Reattach the
hand so it points to 1:15. Attach the hand nut finger tight. Step:5 Snug up the
hand nut. Step 6: Start pendulum. Step 7: Reset clock to current time.
CLOCK DOES NOT STRIKE THE CORRECT HOUR
If after several hours of operation your clock does not strike the correct hour, grasp
the HOUR HAND ONLY and move it forward or backward to line up with the
correct hour on the dial indicated by the number of times the hour strikes. Rotating
this hand independently will not damage the clock.
If the minute hand needs to be reset (to correct time), move the minute hand
counterclockwise (backwards) as described in Step 5: Setting Time.
CLOCK WILL NOT CHIME OR STRIKE
1. Make sure that the selection lever is not in the “silent” position or halfway
between two chime melody positions?
2. Make sure that all the packing material is removed from the movement area.
3. Make sure that the weights are hanging in the correct location Check the label
on the bottom of each weight to ensure proper location.
4. For models with nighttime silencing, make sure that the clock is not in the
nighttime silence mode. (Reference: See AUTOMATIC NIGHTTIME SHUT OFF
OPTION in General Information Section).
5. Check hammer adjustment and correct chime tone as necessary.
6. Move the chime selection lever to a different melody or to “silent”.
7. It is possible that the styrofoam blocks located above the cable pulleys are
binding the cable. Carefully remove the styrofoam blocks by lifting the blocks
straight up until they clear the cable pulley. Then gently push them back through
the cables. Do not use tools to remove the blocks. Do not permit the cable to
overlap on the drum.
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FIGURE 19
CHIMES HAVE THE INCORRECT TONE
DO NOT ADJUST CHIME HAMMERS, unless the chime tone is incorrect. Chime
tone may be affected by the hammers resting on the chime rods or striking the rods
off center. Although the hammers were set at the factory, it is possible for them to
get out of adjustment. For most clocks, it will not be necessary to adjust chime
hammers. There are different types of chimes, (rods and tubes), please find yours
below.
CHIME ROD hammer arms are made of brass and can be safely bent. If necessary,
adjust hammers so that they do not interfere with each other while moving or
striking the chime rods. This is accomplished by bending the hammer arms slightly
in the middle so that each hammer rests approximately 1/8” from each rod. (See
figure 20). DO NOT bend the chime rods. Chime volume cannot be adjusted on a
chime rod movement.
HAMMER
ARM
CHIME
ROD
FIGURE 20
CHIME TUBE hammer arms are made of spring steel; DO NOT bend the hammer arms.
The clarity of sound is determined by the distance between the hammer and the
chime tube. This is typically 1/16”. (See figure 21). However, this distance can be
adjusted by loosening or tightening the thumb screw attached to the hammer
string. (See figure 22). Important: If the tension is too strong or the string is too
tight, it can cause the chime to stop during the chime process.
CHIME
HAMMER
NOTE: The hammer tension screw is set at the factory, and is NOT adjustable.
CHIME
TUBE
WEIGHTS DO NOT DROP AT THE SAME LEVEL
When the automatic nighttime shutoff feature is selected, and on some models the
“silent” feature, the center weight will drop at a faster rate than the other weights.
FIGURE 21
CLOCK WILL NOT RUN
Although it is not recommended that you repair your own clock, you should
check these items before contacting us, your dealer, or an Authorized Service
Center. (See Service Information Section.) Do not attempt any adjustment you
do not feel confident in making.
1. Has all the packing material been removed from the movement area?
2. Has the pendulum guide spring clip been removed from the back of the
movement?
3. Did you try re-starting your clock? Being “in beat” is necessary for your clock to
keep running.
4. Are the weights hanging in the correct location? Check each weight bottom for
proper location.
THUMB
SCREW
HAMMER
STRING
HAMMER
TENSION
SCREW
CHIME
TUBE
5. Is the pendulum hitting the weights or chime rods? If so, check the level and
stability of the clock.
6. Is the clock level?
7. Has a pulley come off the cable or chain off the sprocket?
8. 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 (put your thumb nails on the center portion of the
hour hand and push).
9. Did you check the click spring on the back side of the moon dial?
FIGURE 22
PENDULUM
POST
SUSPENSION
SPRING
10. Did you remove the styrofoam blocks before they became loose through normal
operation? (typically occurs after eight (8) hours of run time)
11. Did you check the suspension spring? If it is damaged, it must be replaced.
(See figure 23).
THUMB
SCREW
VERGE
PIN
VERGE
12. Is the verge pin properly located in the slots of the pendulum guide? If not,
reposition the verge pin. (See figure 23).
13. It is possible that the styrofoam blocks located above the cable pulleys are
binding the cable. Carefully remove the styrofoam blocks by lifting the blocks
straight up until they clear the cable pulley. Then gently push them back
through the cables. Do not use tools to remove the blocks. Do not permit the
cable to overlap on the drum.
PENDULUM
GUIDE
FIGURE 23
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SERVICE INFORMATION
Howard Miller offers a limited 2-year warranty on floor clocks from the original date of purchase or date of
receipt if the product was a service award. In the unlikely event that your product appears to be malfunctioning
or requires repair within the warranty period, please contact your retailer or the company who provided the
item if it was an award. They will be your first resource for information regarding your warranty and service
options.
If your product is more than one year old from the date of purchase or receipt as an award, your product is no
longer under the manufacturer’s warranty. Support for products that are no longer under warranty is available
through the “Help Center” at www.howardmiller.com.
We recommend that you carefully read and follow all instructions provided with your Howard Miller product
before pursuing service. These instructions will provide detailed information to answer most questions.
To find additional information regarding your product, to order parts or to find a service center, please go to the
“Help Center” located at www.howardmiller.com. The “Help Center” also has links to product manuals, instructions, videos and frequently asked questions.
Before contacting your retailer, award provider or a service center, please have the following information
available. The model number and serial number can be found on the Product Information Label which is
normally on the back or bottom of the product.
Model Number: ______________________ Serial Number:________________________
Date Purchased:________________________ Where Purchased:___________________
If your floor clock was shipped directly to you, it is your responsibility to report freight loss or damage to the
carrier and your retailer or award provider. If the carton indicates signs of “visible damage”, instruct the driver to
note the damage on the freight bill. If damage is found after the item has been delivered, notify your retailer or
award provider and the carrier immediately. Many carriers require notification within 2 days. Failure to notify
the carrier within their required time frame may waive your rights to a damage claim and you may be liable for
the damage.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
for Electrical Furnishings
Read all instructions before using this product.
WARNING - To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, basic precautions should always be followed when using electrical
furnishings, including the following:
a)
b)
c)
d)
Unplug from outlet before cleaning or pulling on parts or taking off parts.
Close supervision is required when this furnishings is used by or near children, handicapped or disabled persons.
Use this furnishing only for its intended use as described in its instructions. Do not use attachments not recommended by the manufacturer.
Never operate this furnishing if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped or damaged, or dropped into
water. Return the furnishing to a service center for examination and repair.
e) Keep cord away from heated surfaces.
f) Never operate the furnishing with the air openings blocked. Keep the air openings free of lint, hair, and the like.
g) Never drop or insert any object into any opening.
h) Do not use outdoors.
i) Do not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being administered.
j) To disconnect, turn all controls to the off position, then remove plug from outlet.
k) For grounded products - connect this furnishing to a properly grounded outlet only.
l) For loading - always put heavier items at the bottom and not near the top in order to help prevent the possibility of the furnishing tipping over.
WARNING - Risk of injury to Persons - do not use this furnishing to support video equipment such as televisions or computer monitors.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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®
Ridgeway Clock Company
www.ridgewayclocks.com
Thank you for selecting a Ridgeway clock.
For over 80 years, our family has taken pride in knowing that the
heirlooms we make will be treasured in your family for generations.
This legacy and dedication to quality is found in every Ridgeway
clock – from the soothing melody of the chimes to the quality
to come.
With our sincere thanks,
Buzz Miller
President – Ridgeway Clock Company
497063-R5
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