Finding a grandfather clocks sale is easy. Look just about anywhere online, and you will have the words discount, for sale, for less, sale ending soon, free gift, lowest price, most savings, and on and on and on.
So what is the 1-800-4CLOCKS difference? At well over 90% of the places that list grandfather clocks for sale, one will find they cannot find anyone to answer any specific important questions, like the difference between Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, Kieninger grandfather clocks, and Ridgeway and Hermle Grandfather Clocks. What about differences not only between grandfather clock brands, but the different models made by those same makers. And staring at a consumer everywhere will be much less expensive clocks that may look nearly identical to others. Are they both heirloom quality grandfather clocks? Will the chimes quality be the same from brand to brand? Will the clocks last several generations, or simply be lucky to make the trip home and hopefully get it running. What about questions like the difference between grandmother clocks and grandfather clocks? How much does the movement maker matter? Should you consider buying a quartz or battery operated grandfather clock. What is the difference between a single chime Westminster Chime grandfather clock, a triple chime grandfather clock, and what on earth is a tubular chime grandfather clock, and should I ever consider one? What about new vs used vs antique grandfather clocks and floor clocks. And these questions would likely be just the beginning for a thoughtful grandfather clock shopper who is trying to get a sense of the market and pros and cons of grandfather clock choices.
So you have found someone who is willing to talk with you, and knows something about grandfather clocks. But how much? Unless you happen on someone who is both expert and available, one could be spinning his or her wheels for a very long time. This is where the 1-800-4CLOCKS difference comes in to play. We know all the makers, from the current high-end grandfather clock brands built to last to the “junk brands” built to get you out the door with their merchandise (and frequently not even any instruction booklet). We know the differences between brands and within brands. Our salespeople do not work on commission, so they are always looking to give you the best advice to get and hopefully keep you as a long-term customer who is informed about the market. There is a lot out there that an informed person would want to avoid, and in some cases minimally go in with eyes wide open. This is particularly true with vintage grandfather clocks, where the risk of buying a cash eating machine is all too real.
Our stores were founded by people who have a passion for clocks and watches, and we look for that in everyone who comes to work with us. Our roots are actually in antique clocks, so we know grandfather clock history, the movement maker history, not only who the current players are but also who the historical players were, and the implications that has for chiming mechanical floor clocks made today. This is also true for mantel clocks and wall clocks.
We know the Howard Miller and Herman Miller of today, and we also know the Howard Miller Clocks from 90 years ago. We know Hermle Grandfather Clocks from almost 100 years ago. We know Ridgeway grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks, not to mention Kieninger grandfather clocks, from 50 to 100 years ago. We also know about Sligh grandfather clocks, the famous Seth Thomas regulators and grandfather clocks and wall clocks and mantel clocks, and Bulova and Americana grandfather clocks. Plus throw in Tiffany Grandfather Clocks made over many years, all the features added over time, including illuminated dials and automatic nighttime shutoff, the changes in features like tubular chimes, and we have a virtual treasure trove of information to share the relevant tidbits to match the needs of our customers. Additionally, we are always willing to work with a customer as best we can to match their needs and desires with realistic budgets within which they are working.
We aim to surprise and delight our customers every single day with exception service and attention to detail. And with all that, not only will we work hard to give you best value for grandfather clocks money spent, but also still the best grandfather clock sale price available anywhere.
Grandfather Clocks are an integral part of USA history and the American way of life. Therefore, by this proclamation, 1-800-4CLOCKS has declared that the week beginning May 12th every year shall now and forever be known as Grandfather Clocks Week.
While grandfather clocks, originally known as long case and tall case clocks and invented in the mid 1600s in England, they made their way over to the so-called New World, with earliest production taking place in a States like Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York and Boston. Probably the earliest made and most sought after antique grandfather clocks came from Pennsylvania. Other later arrivals, by companies such as early Seth Thomas Clocks Grandfather Clocks and E Howard Regulators, among others, are still highly sought after to this day.
Farmers were among the earliest users of grandfather clocks, with one critical function being the rotating moon dial which showed – and still shows – when there will be a full moon, which is every 29 1/2 days. Early American farmers found this useful both for planning when to plant crops, as well as when to pick and harvest their Earthly bounty.
Many are not aware that the term or phrase grandfather clock first began to take hold in the USA because of an American song that came out in 1876 by the composer Henry Clay Work titled “My Grandfather’s Clock”. We have written about this song extensively on our 1-800-4CLOCKS.com website and in this blog, but suffice it to say here that the song was a huge hit, and these timekeepers formally known as Long Case and tall case clocks started to be called Grandfather Clocks and Grandmother Clocks. Other terms used include Floor Clocks and Hall Clocks.
Interestingly, the term Floor Clocks is used almost exclusively by Howard Miller Clocks for their Grandfather Clocks and Grandmother Clocks. Howard Miller currently has the largest high-end market share, as well as much market cache, for its Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks. Yet you will see on Howard Miller’s own website it refers to Howard Miller Floor Clocks.
Other major makers of hi-end grandfather clocks include Hermle Clocks, Ridgeway Clocks, 1-800-4CLOCKS’ own Museum Clocks, Kieninger Clocks, Americana Clocks and others. Interestingly, Hermle Clocks, a German Company, has started to make some of its finest grandfather clocks right here in the USA, in Virginia. We hope to see more Made in USA grandfather clocks, as are most of both Howard Miller’s and Ridgeway Clocks.
Any special suggestions as to how to celebrate and commemorate Grandfather Clocks Week, beginning this Friday on May 2nd? We of course will be having some special sales! Always feel free to call us about any pricing flexibility we may have. And most of all, we would like to hear the thoughts of all the clock enthusiasts out there, so please feel free to call, email or post a comment on our Grandfather Clocks Blog right here and now.
HOWARD MILLER® GRANDFATHER CLOCKS WARRANTY
Floor Clock Warranty
This warranty is our promise and commitment that our grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks and floor clocks have been manufactured using the finest materials, and have been thoroughly inspected prior to being shipped from our facilities.
Howard Miller and Ridgeway Floor Clocks are warranted to the original consumer or recipient to be free from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, conditions and service from the date of purchase for a period of 2 Years.
Fountain floor clocks are warranted to the original consumer or recipient to be free from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, conditions and service from the date of purchase for a period of 1 Year.
This warranty does not include: damage to product or components resulting from abuse, accident, alteration, or climatic/environmental conditions; damage resulting from normal wear and tear, misuse, or unauthorized repair; natural variations in wood grain or changes in surface finishes due to aging or exposure to light. The company’s obligation under this warranty shall be limited to repairing the product or component, or at its option, replacing it with a new product or component.
A copy of the sales receipt or other comparable proof of original purchase is required to obtain warranty service. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or the limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
By accepting our product for shipment, the carrier acknowledges that the product is in First Class condition. By signing (or someone else signing on your behalf) to accept the shipment, you acknowledge that the product has been received in the same First Class condition as shipped. If the carton is crushed or otherwise damaged, instruct the driver to note the damage on the freight bill and file a claim immediately with the carrier. For your protection, we suggest that you inspect all merchandise at the time of delivery, before signing the Bill-of-Lading. When you or your representative signs without noting any damage, shortages or exceptions, you accept and own the merchandise, as delivered.
Concealed Freight Damage
Should damage be discovered after delivery, you (the consignee) are responsible for filing a written Concealed Damage Claim with the carrier, requesting the carrier to make an inspection and create a damage report. This must be done no later than 14 days after the delivery date. Filing this claim is your responsibility, however, we will help you with the process and act as your advocate in reaching a satisfactory resolution with the carrier.
THE COMPANY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY. IMPLIED WARRANTIES ON THIS PRODUCT SHALL BE IN EFFECT ONLY FOR THE DURATION OF THE EXPRESS WARRANTY SET FORTH ABOVE AND THEREAFTER, THERE SHALL BE NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, (INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE), ON THIS PRODUCT.
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DIRECTIONS FOR HOWARD MILLER WEATHER INSTRUMENTS Including Barometer such as Howard Miller Presque Isle Barometer, the Howard Miller Catalina Barometer, and the Howard Miller Olympia Barometer.
Disregard the words Rain, Change and Fair as these are only traditional zones on a barometer dial. Your barometer indicating hand will never move all the way to Rain to predict inclement weather. The normal operating range of movement for your barometer indicating hand is from 29.5 to 30.5 inches of mercury. Your most extreme readings would occur before a hurricane or tornado when barometers have dropped as low as 28.5 inches of mercury: or, at the other extreme, if very fair, dry weather is to come, your barometer may rise to 30.9 inches of mercury.
The following procedure, if done every 12 hours, or morning and evening, should give you the best results:
1. Tap the instrument lightly to release any latent action.
2. Record the inches of mercury as indicated by the barometer hand. This is your momentary reading. Some barometer models have a set hand which can be positioned directly over the barometer hand. At a later period you will be able to notice in what direction the barometer hand has moved since the last setting. If it moves to the right (clockwise), you have a rising barometer which usually means a change for the better or continued good weather. If the reading is to the left (counterclockwise), you have a falling barometer which usually means a change for the worse. A steady barometer means no change. For accurate weather predictions, it is highly important that your barometer be adjusted to sea level. The correct sea level reading can be obtained from your Weather Bureau or television weather forecasts. Readings obtained from your barometer indicate weather conditions that may prevail within the next 24 to 48 hours, providing wind direction and velocity remain the same as when readings were obtained.
Adjustment of the Barometer:
In the event that your barometer does not read exactly like the reading obtained from your local weather forecast, the instrument should be adjusted. Adjustment can be made from the back of the instrument. Adjust the barometer hand by turning the adjustment screw located in the hole in the back of the instrument.
Clock (if applicable):
To set time on movement remove back cover of movement housing for access to battery compartment. Install (1) AA alkaline battery (not included). The battery must be installed with the positive (+) side located as indicated on the battery compartment. The hands should be set by turning the knob on the back of the movement in the direction of the arrow until the hands indicate actual time.
Caution: When clock stops remove battery immediately and replace with a new LEAKPROOF battery of the appropriate size.
The Hygrometer or Humidity Indicator is designed for indoor use. While indoor and outdoor barometric pressures are identical, this is not true of the relative humidity. Therefore remember that this instrument indicates the humidity of the room atmosphere which has no relation to the outdoor humidity readings announced on the weather reports.
Adjustment of the Hygrometer
Due to transportation, this instrument may be off scale. To adjust put damp cloth on the back of the humidity indicator for 20 minutes. The scale should then read approximately 95. If it reads a lower number or is off scale completely, merely turn screw on back until the pointer is on 95. The humidity indicator will then start to operate again. To maintain accuracy of the instrument, it is advisable to repeat this procedure every six months.
The mercury type thermometer is fitted with a glass tube exhausted of air. During shipment, the liquid (mercury) in the tube may be separated. If so, this can be remedied by tapping the bottom of the thermometer (or the entire instrument) against the ball of your thumb. The liquid will thus form a solid column again. Horizontal and Vertical Hanging of Nautical Weather Instruments and Clocks Inserted fit ups of clocks and weather instruments may be rotated allowing the case to be hung in a horizontal or vertical position. To do this pull outward on rim bezel to remove fit up from the case. On some instruments by unscrewing the bezel, the dial can be rotated from the inside. This will enable you upon choice to hang the case from a horizontal or vertical position.
This product has been carefully manufactured using only the very finest of materials. The movement has been subjected to rigorous tests. Your Howard Miller product is warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. If a difficulty develops with the product as a result of a defect in materials or workmanship, the Howard Miller Clock Company will repair or replace the product at the factory or its Authorized Service Station, at its option. Transportation charges to and from the repair location must be paid by the purchaser. In the event of a defect or malfunction, you should notify the Howard Miller Clock Company, Zeeland, Michigan 49464, Attention: Service Department, of the product defect or malfunction. Include your complete name, address, telephone number, the model number of the product, and the date and place of purchase. Performance of warranty obligations will be arranged by the Howard Miller Clock Company upon receipt of the above notification. The liability of the Howard Miller Clock Company is limited to the repair or replacement described above and this warranty is extended to the purchaser in lieu of all other remedies, including INCIDENTAL and CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. (Some states do not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation on exclusion may not apply to you.)
This warranty is void if the product is serviced by anyone other than the Howard Miller Clock Company or one of its Authorized Service Stations unless prior written authorization is granted by the Howard Miller Clock Company Service Department. This warranty is limited to the original consumer purchaser of this product.
ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THIS PRODUCT (INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY) ARE LIMITED TO ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. THIS WARRANTY IS GIVEN IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES AND THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES WHICH EXTEND BEYOND THE DESCRIPTION ON THE FACE HEREOF.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
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Howard Miller Olympia Barometer
Howard Miller Catalina Barometer
Howard Miller Presque Isle Barometer
These instructions were written specifically for Hermle Grandfather Clocks, but should in general work with other high-end brands of mechanical grandfather clocks including Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, Kieninger Grandfather Clocks and Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks. When in doubt, consulting an expert grandfather clock technician in always a wise option, and we would highly recommend it. Furthermore, we can only warrant these Grandfather Clock Instructions for what you have paid for reading them.
Pull down on upper leader and move to the left approximately 1 ½” and release. You will feel tension but this is normal. It would not be unusual if one needed help in understanding what a leader means as it relates to a grandfather clock movement, and its associated pendulum. On the back of the grandfather clock movement, one will see a horizontal post that has a suspension spring attached to it. If that spring is broken, the grandfather clock will not run. You may want to purchase the grandfather clock parts yourself, which we would only recommend if you are something of a clock expert, or you may want to call in an expert grandfather clock technician local to you.
Your grandfather clock also has a pendulum leader (generally about 5-8 inches long). The pendulum leader hooks on to the suspension spring and the grandfather clock’s pendulum hangs on to its bottom. There is also a lever that comes out from the top of the grandfather clock movement, is angled down, and it either goes through, or around the pendulum leader. This is what pushes the pendulum. If this particular lever either binds with or is not in contact with the pendulum leader, the grandfather clock will not run.
Pull down once again and pull the leader back to the right approximately 1”, and then release it. Gently pull down a shift from left to right, stopping each time to see if you have an even beat. Once you have an even beat you then will be able to place your pendulum back on your clock, and as long as it is in beat – with an even left to right sound – it should work fine.
Once you are able to begin getting your pendulum to “tick-tock” one will need to listen to see if it is an even sound. If not it is not in beat, with a rhythmic and synchronous “tick-tock”, first gently stop the pendulum. One will then need to gently pull down on the pendulum and pull to left a small amount and then start the grandfather clock’s pendulum, gently pushing it from left to right, and listen again for the smooth grandfather clocks beat.
We always welcome comments to improve any instructions. If one is not clear about how to adjust your grandfather clock, it is always best to bring in a grandfather clocks expert to make any adjustments or repairs.
The Walter Durfee Tubular Chimes grandfather clocks were the pioneers in bringing Grandfather Clock with Tubular Chimes Clocks to the USA. Below is an early advertisement which not only talks about these amazing Walter Durfee Tubular Chime Grandfather Clocks, referring to them as Tubular Chime Hall Clocks, but it also shows the Authorized Dealers and Agents for the patented system they have in place. You can see the text for the Walter Durfee ad, which we estimate was from circa 1900, and the actual ad itself, also below. Note the ad referred to these grandfather clocks as Hall Clocks. Also, generally speaking, grandmother clocks cases would be too small to house tubular chime clock mechanisms. Most mechanical clock tubular chimes with 5 tubes play the Westminster Chime only and with 9 tubes play triple chimes, usually including St Michaels Chime and the Whittington Chimes.
Interestingly, today tubular chime grandfather clocks are still offered, but relatively few people in the general public, and even many grandfather clock enthusiasts, know little or nothing about them. Howard Miller Clocks offers as its most expensive grandfather clock the J.H. Miller II Tubular Chime Grandfather Clock model 611-031 or 611031, in a Limited Edition, and shown just below:
Howard Miller J. H. Miller II Grandfather Clock
The above clock is also offered without tubular chimes and still in the same amazing Limited Edition Case, model 611-030 or 611030, and is known as the JH Miller Grandfather Clock. Both of these clocks are more expensive than Howard Miller Presidential Edition Grandfather Clocks, which are considered by many to be the top of the line.
Howard Miller Clocks most expensive wall clock is very modern or contemporary, with an open case and tubular chimes, and named the Howard Miller Focal Point Wall Clock model 622-779 or 622779, and shown below:
Howard Miller Focal Point Wall Clock
Hermle Clocks offers some Grandfather Clocks that are also Tubular Chime Grandfather Clocks, and include these models:
Hermle Triple Tubular Chime Worcester Grandfather Clock
Hermle Triple Chime Essex Grandfather Clock
Hermle Foreman Cherry Tubular Grandfather Clock
Hermle Foreman Walnut Tubular Grandfather Clock
Hermle Anstead Walnut Tubular Grandfather Clock Also available in Cherry and Oak wood models
Kieninger Grandfather Clocks also offers some high-end both contemporary and traditional tubular chime grandfather clocks. An example of one contemporary Kieninger Clocks Tubular Chime Clock is shown, with model 0126-02-01, and pictured just below:
Kieninger Edwards Grandfather Clock also comes is a brass-bronze contemporary clock case.
Some of these tubular chime grandfather clock models are the exact grandfather clocks that were offered by Sligh Grandfather Clocks and Bulova Grandfather Clocks. Also, lead times can vary and new tubular chime grandfather clock models can be added and are sometimes discontinued. It is always a good idea to call us at 1-800-4CLOCKS (1-800-425-6257, ext. 1) if you are thinking about purchasing one of any of these great tubular chime grandfather clocks. At this moment, we do not have either and Walter Durfee antique tubular chime grandfather clocks or any Herschede Tubular Chime grandfather clocks. That can always change.
HALL CLOCKS. This is the Walter Durfee Tubular Chime Grandfather Clocks Ad also showing authorized agents. Picture of actual ad is farther down below with text just below:
Do you want something that will last? The most beautiful Wedding Present that can be given is something that will speak for the donor fifty to one hundred years.
Can you spend the amount and get more satisfaction for your money than by purchasing a beautiful Tubular Chiming Clock? The Tubular Chimes are like the chimes of a Cathedral from a distance. Changes of the weather do not affect them, as the tone is produced by the bell and does not depend on a sounding board.
These Tubular Chiming Clocks are fully protected by Letters Patent, and persons purchasing should see that every bell is stamped with our name.
They are sold only by our authorized Agents, and any infringement of our rights is subject to heavy royalty on either buyer or seller.
Clocks imported with Tubular Bells come under this infringement, as we control all U.S. Rights.
The List of Agents given below speaks for the superior quality of these clocks. Each Agent has Photographs of all our designs, which they will forward by mail on application.
Theodore B. Starr, New-York, Woods & Hosley, Springfield.
Spaulding & Co. Chicago. Tilden, Thurber & Co. Providence.
Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Philadelphia. Henry A. Turner & Go. Boston.
Jas. E. Caldwell & Co. “ Bradstreet, Thurber & Co. Minneapolis.
J. C. Grogan, Pittsburgh Frank Herschede, Cincinnati.
Wright, Kay & Co. Detroit. Jaccard Watch & Jewelry Co. Kansas City.
The Cowell & Hubbard Co. Cleveland. Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Co. St. Louis.
WALTER H. DURFEE & CO. Providence, Rhode Island
Hermle Clocks North America
Welcome to Hermle Clocks’ History. Hermle Clock builds beautiful clocks of all kinds, including grandfather clocks, floor clocks, anniversary clocks, grandmother clocks, wall clocks, mantle clocks, cuckoo clocks and specialty clocks including Telleriums and Astrolabiums. Mechanical chime playing clock movements, as well as quartz operated movements, are one key specialty.
In 1977, Hermle Black Forest Clocks located in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains manufactured and shipped its first
Hermle mechanical movement on US soil. It was the beginning of how the modern era of the clock industry was going to proceed. Hermle supplied many of the existing clock case goods manufacturers with its sought after German quality mechanisms. Many of Hermle Clocks customers received training of our expertise in the assembly of their case goods. Naturally, in the early 1980’s, Hermle Clocks was asked to assemble our movements into our customers cases which then became a staple of our production line.
In 2002, we opened our doors to the clock retail industry with Hermle branded clocks, including Hermle grandfather clocks, being assembled in our factory in Amherst, Virginia, and a selection of German made Hermle clocks. After 6 expansions to our factory, Hermle continued our growth as not only the world’s leader in clock mechanisms, but as an alternative grandfather clock, wall clock and mantel clock source to the retailers of North America.
Our innovations in design, form and function keep Hermle Clock ahead of the curve and its meticulous quality improvements have made
Hermle North America a preferred clock source to the industry. Hermle Black Forest Clocks was rebranded as Hermle North America in January 2011 to signify the next step into the future. Hermle North America will become a one-stop shop for all genuine Hermle products, including carrying the largest Hermle and Urgos movement selection available to the trade in the world. Our clock movements, clock accessories, clock parts and clocks are distributed throughout North America to a vast dealer network. To find Hermle Clocks in North America, please contact 1-800-4CLOCKS.com (1-800-425-6257, ext. 1).
The Hermle Clock History
In 1922 Hermle Clocks founder Mr. Franz Hermle founded the Franz Hermle Clock Company located in Gosheim in Baden Wuerttemberg, a small town in southern Germany’s Black Forest region.
Within ten years Hermle Clocks became known as one of the most efficient manufacturers of clock movements in the clock industry. Even though the first half of the 20th Century brought with it many difficulties to overcome, including the complete dismantling of the factory after the World War II, Franz Hermle and his sons” dedication allowed them to prosper while other companies struggled.
Franz Hermle passed away in 1953 and left a modern and prosperous operation to his sons Gebhard, Alfred, Hans and Heinrich Hermle. With tremendous willpower and energy, they continued to build the company into the worldwide leader in manufacturing mechanical movements and clocks.
In 1977, Hermle decided to establish another manufacturing facility, Hermle Black Forest Clock Company to serve the North American market out of Amherst, Virginia, USA. Hermle’s Headquarters in southern Germany is now in its third generation, still family owned and operated. Hermle employs over 200 people in 3 locations in both Germany and USA. In October 2010, Hermle Gosheim was
rebranded as Hermle Uhrenmanufacktur GmbH and as of January 2011, Hermle Black Forest Clocks rebranded itself as Hermle North America.
To be helpful for grandfather clock and wall clock and mantel clock users and shoppers all across the globe. we are posting here some of the more Frequently Asked Questions for Mantle Clocks and Wall Clocks. These lists were compiled by the technical support team at Howard Miller Clocks, and may apply to many other high-end wall clock and mantel clock brands as well.
For Keywound Mantel Clocks and Keywound Wall Clocks:
Following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to “Keywound” “Wall/Mantel Clocks”
|What if my mechanical clock will not chime or strike?|
|What if I need a part?|
|What if I hear a squeaking sound while winding my movement?|
|The squeak is likely from the wood knob on the winding crank. This is not uncommon and does not indicate anything is wrong with the movement or crank. The movements themselves will not squeak when they are wound.
If you turn the crank by hand without using the knob, and you still hearing squeaking, then it is the pulley that is squeaking. You can place one drop of oil (any type of common oil) on both sides of the pulley wheel where the shaft goes through.
|Why is it necessary to have my clock movement cleaned?|
Movement oil collects dust and other contaminants from the air. These contaminants can be abrasive and the oil can harden. For this reason, it is necessary to have the movement cleaned and oiled. The frequency of cleaning and oiling depends upon several factors, some of which include the humidity and temperature controls and cleanliness of the environment. Based on these factors, oiling should be performed every 2 to 5 years and thorough cleaning every 5 to 10 years.
|What are the symptoms that the clock movement should be oiled and/or cleaned?|
Signs that a movement could require oiling or cleaning can include slowing or erratic operation of the time keeping, chiming melody, and/or hour strike. Continued use may cause excessive wear and require more extensive service to the movement.
|What if I want to clean and oil my own clock movement?|
Howard Miller does not recommend that you service the clock movement yourself. Contact an authorized Howard Miller Service Center. However, if you feel inclined, there are a variety of internet sites that offer detailed instructions and kits necessary to perform your own cleaning and oiling. Search “clock oil kit”, for example, on the internet.
|What clock oil is recommended by Howard Miller?|
|Howard Miller recommends using the same high quality synthetic clock oil 859 used by the original German movement manufacturer, Kieninger. Most clock oil kits available on the web contain less expensive oils (Nano oil and others). Contrary to claims made by Nano oil and other suppliers and manufacturers of oil, our testing has proven the advantages of synthetic clock oil 859. For convenience, Howard Miller offers a synthetic 859 pen oiler for sale on the Howard Miller web site on the tab entitled, “Need a Part. Purchase Parts & Accessories Online.”|
|What if my clock chimes a few minutes before or after the hour?|
|If the clock chimes more than one minute before or after the proper time, the minute hand should be removed and adjusted. For complete details, please refer to page 10 of the Floor Clock Instruction Manual or page 3 in the Wall and Mantel Clock Instruction Manual. Copies of these manuals can be down loaded from our web site for your convenience.
Please click the link below to watch the video:
|How do I reset the time for daylight savings?|
|When setting the clock back one hour, rotate the minute hand counterclockwise one-hour. When setting the clock ahead one hour, rotate the minute hand clockwise one-hour. When moving the hands forward, it is important to allow the clock to chime every quarter hour (1/4, ½, ¾, 1) before advancing the hands to the next quarter hour position. . DO NOT MOVE THE HANDS WHILE THE CLOCK IS CHIMING OR STRIKING.
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|Where is the closest Authorized Service Center in my area?|
|A list of Service Centers in your area is available on this web site.|
|What if my mechanical clock does not strike the correct hour?|
|If the clock is new, allow it to operate for several hours before making any adjustments. If the strike is off, grasp the HOUR HAND ONLY and rotate 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 harm the movement. Then adjust the hands to the correct time by rotating the minute hand counter-clockwise – as explained in the instructions. DO NOT MOVE THE HANDS WHILE THE CLOCK IS CHIMING OR STRIKING. After a few hours, the movement’s self-adjusting feature will synchronize the hands with the correct chime and strike.
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|What if my mechanical clock is in the “night off” position and it is silent during the day instead of the night?|
|Rotate the minute hand counterclockwise twelve hours. DO NOT MOVE THE HANDS WHILE THE CLOCK IS CHIMING OR STRIKING.|
|What if my clock chimes have the incorrect tone?|
|The chime tone may be affected by the hammer resting on the chime rod (coil) or striking the rod (coil) off center. Although the hammers were set at the factory, it is possible for the hammers to get out of adjustment.
Chime hammer arms are made of brass and can be bent safely. This is accomplished by bending the hammer arms slightly in the middle so that the hammers rest approximately 1/8 inch from the chime rod. DO NOT bend the chime rod. Strike volume cannot be adjusted.Please click the link below to watch the video:
|Can I increase or decrease the chime volume in my mechanical clock?|
|No. Volume is not adjustable.|
|What if a chime rod is broken?|
|Contact a local service center or Howard Miller for a replacement rod.|
|What if my mechanical clock operated fine for several years but now is slow or stopping?|
|It is likely that your clock movement needs maintenance. Contact an authorized Service Center. A list of Service Centers is located on this web site. Cleaning and oiling are not covered under warranty.|
|What if the hands are bent?|
|The clock hands are easily bent. Carefully bend them back to the correct position.|
|How do I wind my clock?|
|Floor Clocks with Cables and 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 holes located in the dial face. It does not matter in what order the clock weights wound. All weights need to be wound to the up position.
Floor Clocks with Chains – Pull straight down on the chains. DO NOT lift up on the weights as this could cause the weight to come unhooked from the chain. Pull down on the loose end of the chain until the weight is approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the wood movement mounting board. It does not matter in what order the clock weights wound. All weights need to be wound to the up position.
Wall and Mantel Clocks – Insert the winding key into the holes located in the dial face. Depending upon the model of your clock, there can be 1, 2, or 3 winding keyholes. Turn the key clockwise until the spring becomes tight and will not turn further. For clocks with hanging weights, raise the weights using the crank. DO NOT lift the weights by hand while cranking. Wind your clock once a week. It does not matter in what order the clock weights wound. All springs must be fully wound.
|What is meant by “triple chime”?|
|Triple chime refers to clocks that play a choice of three different melodies. The most common triple chime melodies are Westminster, St. Michaels, and Whittington.|
|Why is it necessary to have my clock movement oiled?|
In mechanical devices with moving components, oil acts as a lubricant to help prevent friction and wear. Over time, the oil must be replenished. The frequency of oiling depends upon several factors, some of which include humidity and temperature controls and cleanliness of the environment. Based on these factors, oiling should be performed every 2 to 5 years.
|Who should I contact to have my clock cleaned and oiled?|
|Contact an authorized Service Center. A service center locator is available at this internet site. Cleaning and oiling are not covered under warranty.|
|What if my clock is out of warranty and needs service?|
|Contact an Authorized Service Center. A list of Service Centers is available under CUSTOMER SUPPORT.|
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