- Oct 19, 2005
I've read about it, but never seen it until recently. I repaired a early 1800's grandfather clock, and it was running fine for 10 days on my test stand. I delivered it, installed it in the case and set it up as it had been before. All was well for a month, but the customer called last week and said it had stopped. I made a house call and found it to be badly out of time, so made the necessary adjustments. We chatted for a few minutes, and I heard the clock stop again. I started it, and chatted a few more minutes while keeping my ear tuned to the clock. I heard a "clunk" as it stopped again. Opening the lower case, I noted the time side weight was swinging, and finally hit the pendulum. I stopped it, and started the pendulum again. After a few seconds, I detected the swing of the weight start and increase with each beat of the pendulum until hitting it and stopping the clock. I braced the case to the wall with a small piece of wood, which stopped the problem. Just adding this to the board to help others who are trying to identify similar issues with tall case clocks. If the customer does not want the clock secured to the wall, a brace is the next best thing.