Cuckoo Clock Instructions1. Unpack all of the parts for your cuckoo clock. Do not throw away the carton or inside padding. These could be useful if you ever have to ship your clock again.
2. Put the clock face down and open the back panel by pushing aside the metal clamp "A"; then remove the back panel by lifting it with the help of any dull instrument inserted into opening "B".
3. Pull out the wire clamps "C" (usually labeled "pull out") from each of the two bellows. (There are three bellows in a cuckoo and quail clock).
4. Make sure that the wire loop "D" of the pendulum assembly extends through the slot in the bottom of the clock case.
5. Close the back panel; turn the metal clamp "A" down to hold the back panel closed.
6. Remove any rubber bands or packing materials from the chains and let them hang freely. Thereafter, never turn the clock upside down!
7. Attach the carved roof top "E" by sliding the two screws into the metal hooks, or press top onto roof if clamps are used.
8. Now select a place for your clock. Use a nail to hang it on. Be sure to hammer with the nail head tilted slightly toward the ceiling. Then hang your clock approximately 7 feet above the floor.
9. Turn wire "F" sideways to allow the little door to open (two doors on musical cuckoo clocks and cuckoo and quail clocks). The door might open by itself and the bird might pop out. In this case, do not attempt to close the door. It will close automatically after the first cuckoo call.
10. Hang the pendulum onto wire loop "D" and the pine cone weights onto hooks "G". The clock might now start to cuckoo; do not try to stop this; after the first full hour call, the striking mechanism will adjust itself and always be correct.
11. Be sure the clock is hanging straight and flush against the wall.
12. If your clock is not hanging evenly on the wall, it may interfere with the swing of the pendulum causing the clock to stop. To determine whether your clock is hanging straight, observe the even ticking of the "tick-tock" sound. Keep rearranging the clock until this sound is uniform and even.
YOUR CLOCK IS NOW READY TO OPERATE
To set the time: Slowly turn the minute hand (larger hand) clockwise to the desired time. Do not move the shorter hour hand. Wait every hour and half hour for the cuckoo call to end. IMPORTANT - This is a self-adjusting clock. Always turn the hand slowly before you reach the full hour, in order to give the mechanism time to adjust itself properly before striking.
To start the clock: Swing the pendulum gently.
To rewind the clock: After a few hours of operation, you will notice that the two pine cone weights have descended (the two weights will not go down together at the same rate of speed, but will even up every 12 hours). To rewind the clock, simply pull the chain gently on the opposite side of the weights (loose end with metal ring attached). Swing the pendulum if necessary.
To regulate the timekeeping: Detach the pendulum from the clock. Raise the leaf (or acorn) on the pendulum if the clock is running slow - lower the leaf if the clock is running fast. 1/4 inch up or down makes a difference of approximately 15 minutes per day. Do not regulate your clock move than once a day - repeat the next day if necessary.
HELPFUL HINTS TO GOOD CLOCK PERFORMANCE
1. If your clock is hanging on a nail that is too long, it may interfere with the inner workings of the movement. Be sure your nail is no longer than 1/2 inch from the wall and is at an upward angle.
2. In winding the clock, pull the chain gently on the opposite side of the weights. Do not pull on the weights. Rewind the clock before the weights reach the floor.
3. If the hour hand (the smaller hand) is loose, it can be tightened by pressing towards the center opening on the clock dial.