31 Day Wall Clock Instructions1. Carefully remove all packing materials, tapes, rubber bands, papers, etc., from inside of the clock. Do not throw away the carton or inside padding. These could be useful if you ever have to ship your clock again.
2. Hang the clock by using a toggle bolt or a strong nail planted in a firm, solid wall. Find a truly vertical position for the clock on your wall.
3. Locate the pendulum hanger as shown in the diagram (right) and hang the pendulum on it. CAUTION: This part is very delicate. When hanging the pendulum, use care not to bend or kink the pendulum spring or the pendulum hanger itself. If the spring or the hanger is damaged, the clock may stop running after a short while. (Remember, when you have to move your clock from one place to another, always remove your pendulum from the pendulum hanger, and then secure the pendulum hanger with tape or rubber band so it won't be freely shaken).
4. Start the pendulum swinging. Listen to the tick-tock sound (clock beat). It should be even and rhythmic. The proper beat of your clock should sound like "tick-tock-tick-tock". If the sound is more closely described as a "tick-tock----tick-tock-----tick-tock", then the beat is out of adjustment and the clock may again stop running. Move the clock case slightly to the left or right on the wall until the ticking sound is evenly spaced.
5. To set the clock to the correct time, always turn the (longer) minute hand clockwise. When you do this, stop at each hour and allow the clock to strike.
6. If you have a calendar movement, make sure (by turning the longer minute hand clockwise) the red calendar hand advances one day only, at 12:00 midnight rather than at noon. Set the calendar hand to point at the correct date simply by turning it clockwise.
7. If the clock strikes the wrong hour, simply turn the (shorter) hour hand clockwise to point at the hour you wish to set the time.
8. Wind the clock: Simply insert the key to the winding arbor in the hole, hold the clock firmly and turn the key CLOCKWISE for the LEFT HOLE and COUNTER-CLOCKWISE for the RIGHT HOLE until the mainspring is wound up. After winding, make certain the clock is in it's original vertical position.
9. Allow the clock to run for one week, then check it for timekeeping accuracy. If adjustment is needed, proceed as follows: Hold the pendulum rod firmly to keep it from twisting. Turn the adjusting nut at the bottom of the pendulum ball to the proper direction (see diagram left). To make the clock run faster, raise the pendulum ball by turning the nut to the right. To slow it down, lower the pendulum ball by turning the nut to the left. One full turn of the adjusting nut equals approximately one minute change per day. NOTE: Be sure that the pendulum ball moves with the adjusting nut. This adjustment is the owner's responsibility and must be made when the clock is in its permanent position. The seasonal changes may require further minor adjustments.
10. The striking hammer, when at rest, should be about 1/8" apart from the rod or spiral gong. You may bend the hammer stem as necessary to obtain a soft, resonate striking (see diagram right).
HELPFUL HINTS TO GOOD CLOCK PERFORMANCE
1. The manufactures of most clock movements recommend movement oiling every 2 years and thorough cleaning every 5 to 10 years depending on climatic conditions, by a professional repair center.
2. Avoid conditions of extreme heat or dryness; particularly in winter, to prevent cracking of the clock cabinet.
3. Wax and polish your clock cabinet as frequently as you do your other furniture. Use a non-silicone liquid or paste wax.
4. When cleaning glass, use a non-ammonia glass cleaner. Never spray the cleaner directly on the clock.