In many cases the complaint with a mechanical clock is that it stopped working after it was moved. This is usually from someone moving the clock without taking the pendulum off and this puts the clock out of beat. Out of beat is a term used in clock repair that basically means the clock is going tock-tick, tock-tick, or ticktock, ticktock instead of tick tock tick tock. It is sometimes corrected by putting a matchbook or Small piece of wood under one side of the clock case to make the tick and the tock evenly spaced. This can temporarily correct the problem and the clock runs fine. This method however is not as good as correcting the beat and having the clock run when it is truly straight and level.
How to set up a mechanical clock that keeps stopping by HOROLOGICA
While Grandfather clocks are misunderstood to be very fragile and delicate. Grandfather Clocks are actually very durable. When the grandfather clock is not working after a move, there are a few problems to look for that can be easily fixed. There are 4 adjustable levelers on the bottom corner of most grandfather clocks. Even space between the tick and the tock. If not, the clock is out of beat and needs to be corrected. If your clock is a chain driven grandfather clock, the chains should be in the order as in the image.
A pendulum is an object hung from a fixed point that swings back and forth under the action of gravity. The swing continues moving back and forth without any extra outside help until friction between the air and the swing and between the chains and the attachment points slows it down and eventually stops it. A pendulum works by converting energy back and forth, a bit like a rollercoaster ride.
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