Hamilton Grandfather Clock

by Deb McHale
(McKinney TX)

I have a Hamilton Grandfather Clock that stopped running. It has 3 chains with weights. When I give the pendulum a push it will go for awhile but then stops. The chains (with the weights) have stopped moving. The weights seem to be stuck at the top. Is there anything I can do to try to correct the problem.

Also, when pulling the chains to reset the weights, is there a special order to follow. I have no instruction manual at all. Unfortunaley, when I called someone to come out to look over the clock they wanted a minimum of $500 (which I just don't have). This clock has a lot of sentimental meaning and I really don't want to give up on getting it running. It is at least 25 to 30 years old.

Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks

Deb McHale

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by: Anonymous

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by: Bill

Hi Deb,

The two main causes for a clock to stop running when the clock has not been moved are 1) it needs oiling which should be don at least every three to five years or the movement will wear out and need replacing or overhaul. and 2) it's out of beat, which means the tic toc sound is uneven. In other words, when you listed to the ticking sound, it will not have an even tic...toc...tic...toc...tic...etc. It will be more like tic.......toc.tic.....toc.tic....toc.etc. If you can hear this ticking sound and it is uneven, give the pendulum a few hard swings that will almost cause it to hit the sides of the case and if the automatic beat setting mechanism is working properly it will reset itself.

If there is no ticking sound when you swing the pendulum, it needs oiling or repair. It should cost much less than $500 to get this done. I charge $100 locally for this service.

If your clock has cables and you have a crank to wind it up, the cables could be tangled up on the drum that they wind around. This can be untangled by you, but is rather tedious. If your clock uses chains that you pull up by hand, make sure they did not fall of their sprocket. This is fairly easy to do yourself.

Also, the order that you wind them does not matter. The three weights just do different jobs. The center one is for the time, the left one is for the hourly chime (where your clock counts the hour) and the right one is for the quarter hour chimes.

I hope this helps you. Bill

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by: Mary

I also have a Hamilton Grandfather Clock. We just moved and I got mine set back up and the pendulm would go back and forth and then stop. I was able to get mine running. I don't know if I can help you, but we can try if you want to contact me. My clock has kept time, but I have not been able to get it to chime.

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