How to Calibrate a Grandfather Clock

Grandfather clocks are tall freestanding clocks that have their timekeeping regulated by a pendulum.
Grandfather clocks are often found in the main rooms of homes.Grandfather clocks are often found in the main rooms of homes.
The speed at which the pendulum swings is regulated by a small weight in the pendulum. You can calibrate how fast the pendulum needs to swing to keep the correct time by adjusting the nut on the pendulum to relocate the weight in it. The entire process can take up to six days.

Step 1

Pick a time that you'll check the time on your grandfather clock. You'll have to do this every day for six days. Record the time on a piece of paper and check it against your own watch. Set the time on the grandfather clock to exactly the same time as is on your watch.

Step 2

Check the time shown on the grandfather clock every day at the same time according to your watch. Write down the time on the clock and on your watch.

Step 3

Turn the adjustment nut on the bottom of the pendulum one full counterclockwise turn for each half minute that the grandfather clock is fast.

Step 4

Turn the adjustment nut on the bottom of the pendulum one full clockwise turn for each half minute that the grandfather clock is slow.

Step 5

Check the time on your watch. Reset the time on the grandfather clock to match the watch. Continue to check the grandfather clock for six days to ensure that it's keeping the correct time. If not, repeat the steps.

Things You Will Need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Watch

About the Author

Mark Slingo has been a professional writer since 2008. His work has appeared in Forward, ScubaGlobe, Scuba Jedi, "Pattaya Mail" and other publications. Slingo has a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Newcastle and a diploma in journalism from the British College of Journalism.