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We are based in Christchurch and have completed well over a 100 major clock restorations in the past 2 years due to the Canterbury earthquakes so if experience is what you are after phone us today.
Below I have compiled a few tips on moving or setting up a clock
When moving or transporting your clock, you should remove the pendulum. By removing the pendulum you are taking the weight off the suspension spring, thus avoiding the potential breakage of this spring. If your clock is fitted with gong rods, these must be carefully packed for transport over any distance.
These instructions are for a mantle clock and can be adapted for a wall clock
To set the clock in motion move the pendulum to one side and release it. If the 'tick' is uneven or there is no 'tick' at all, gently lift the clock case at one end as in Fig. 1 and again gently swing the pendulum. Should the 'tick' become more uneven then the other end of the case should be lifted (after replacing the clock in its original position).
Should the 'tick' not now sound correct and even, an adjustment to the crutch as shown in Fig. 2 should be made. Grasp firmly the end of the crutch as shown at A in Fig. 2 and move towards the end of the case that you lifted when the 'tick' became uneven. When resistance is felt exert a slight but firm pressure to move the crutch a little further. Restart the clock. It should now have an even 'tick', but if not, a slight readjustment of the crutch is required.
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