(Time cable driven, chime and hour strike spring driven, side hammer arrangement, automatic night shut-off)
Take clock, the pendulum and key carefully out of large carton. Unpack the weights from the smaller carton.
Open door of case. (Do not remove the Styrofoam block located below the dial yet, wait until the clock has run for 24 hours, then the block is easily removed).Carefully remove the other protective packaging such as foam rubber, corrugated paper, rubber bands, etc. You will find the material where the hammers are, right side of the movement as well as at the end of the pendulum leader and around the chime rods on the right side of movement. (Do not remove the Styrofoam block located below the dial yet, wait until the clock has run for 24 hours, then the block is easily removed). Save all the packing in case the clock needs to be returned.
Hang up the clock so that it is vertical. The best hanger is a wood screw angled upward and screwed into a stud in the wall.
Hang the pendulum onto the pendulum leader (see illustration 1).
Hang the weights to the bar carefully and be sure that the clock does not shift (see figure 2). Run the clock for 24 hours and then remove the styrofoam block located below the movement (illustration 3). Keep the block in case the clock ever has to be moved.
Move the pendulum slightly to the left or right and release it gently. You should hear an even "tic - toc" sound. If the tic-toc is uneven or the clock stops, follow the "putting in beat" procedure in step 7.
Putting the clock in beat is the responsibility of the clock owner. While the clock was in beat when it left the factory, it may get out of beat during handling. It is a simple process, once you have tried it a few times.
Putting the clock in beat is an adjustment to make the tic and toc evenly spaced. There is a slip clutch mechanism in the clock's escapement (the part that makes the ticking sound and operates the pendulum). The slip clutch is operated by pushing the pendulum leader (see illustration 2) slightly past the point where you feel a resistance.
To put the clock in beat: Make sure the clock is hanging straight. Listen to the tic toc. Gently push the pendulum leader slightly past the point of resistance. Listen to the tic toc again. If it is more uneven, push the leader in the opposite direction and listen to the tic tock again. After several tries, you will be able to get the tic and toc sound to be evenly spaced, and the clock is then "in beat".
(If the clock does not tick at all, remove the pendulum, and first do the above procedure with the pendulum off. This will get the beat set approximately correct. Then put the pendulum on.)
Your clock chimes the Westminster melody every 15 minutes (see illustration 4). Following the hour chime it will strike the number of the hour.
The chime shut-off lever is located beside the number 3 on the dial.
Lever up = silent
Lever down = chime
The night shut-off feature will automatically stop chime and strike during the night. The night shut-off lever can be activated with the bar near 4:30 on the dial.
Up position = night shut-off activated (no chime between 10:00 p.m. and 6:45 a.m.)
Down position = clock will chime all the hours and quarters
If night shut-off is activated, the clock will stop chiming every evening. If chime shut-off should start at 10:00 a.m. instead, advance minute hand by 12 hours and do not touch the hour hand during the rotation of the minute hand.
The minute hand (long hand) may be moved clockwise or counterclockwise to set the clock to the correct time. Never turn the hour (short) hand, it moves automatically. After two hours the chimes will be automatically synchronized.
If the clock is striking the wrong hour, move the hour hand (short hand) to point to the hour that the clock just struck.
To make the clock run slower - turn the regulating nut below the pendulum to the left (see illustration 5).
To make the clock run faster - turn the regulating nut to the right.
One turn of the regulating nut changes the clock's rate by approximately 1 minute per day. An accuracy of 1 - 2 minutes per week is typical.
Please wind your clock fully every 7 days for optimum performance (the clock will actually run about 8 days on one winding). To wind the clock use the enclosed keys. Use the wing key for the left and wight winders, and the crank key for the center winder. Turn key clockwise until it stops (about 3 1/2 turns on the left winder and about 4 1/2 turns on the right winder. Wind the center winder until the weights are at the top. Wind gently so the weights do not suddenly reach the stopping point at the top. (The center winder is for the timekeeping, the right winder is for the quarter-hour chime, and the left winder is for the hour strike.)
Illustration 1 - Attaching the pendulum to the pendulum leader
Illustration 2 - Showing how the weights attach to the clock
Illustration 3 - Showing the styrofoam block below the movement
Illustration 4 - The Westminster chime melody
|Illustration 5 - Regulating the timekeeping by using the regulating nut at the bottom of the pendulum|