weights - where do they go?

by LaDonna Southern
(Winchester, KY)

We recently moved and my husband packed the grandfather clock. He did not label the weights and I do not remember which one went where.

Can you help me?

Hi there LaDonna

Maybe you could help us by telling us some more about the clock.
May be some close up pictures, so we can identify the clock make and age.


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Mar 02, 2012
Weights and Chimes
by: Anonymous

Yes, the heaviest weight should be to the right as you are facing the clock. While I have not had to hang my chime rods each time I move, I have noticed that occasionally after moving I need to adjust the hammers so that they strike the chimes with just enough force to produce a ringing chime. I simply manually adjusted the hammers by slightly bending the arms either closer or further away from the chimes in order to produce the sound and duration that I was accustomed to. For the hour chimes, this was fairly easy. But for the Westminster chimes which strike the quarter hours, you have to adjust each of the four hammers individually. It takes a bit of time, but it's worth it when you get that sound! And when you put the clock on hardwood floors, the sound is so much fuller.

Jul 11, 2011
Been there, done that
by: Anonymous

Hi, I had the same problem! I figured out after numerous web searches that the heaviest weight goes on the far right (your right, not clocks) chain, the other two weights (which in my case weighed the same go on the other two chains) I am now trying to figure out how to hang chime rods. I did and they do not sound right. Good luck with your clock

Jul 04, 2011
Hanging weights
by: Harold

La Donna,
My Emperor manual installation of weights states of the three weights two weigh the same and the other weight (the heaviest) is for the chimes and facing the front of the clock hang on the right side.

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