The Grandfather Clocks

The Grandfather Clocks

The grandfather clocks are perhaps one of the most stately and magnificent clocks ever created. The grandfather clocks are popular clocks not only for decoration, but for its practicality as well. Grandfather clocks are known for keeping extremely accurate time as long as they are set correctly. The clocks work on the laws of gravity. A large pendulum hangs in the center of the clock. A system of weights are attached to the clock, and the pendulum moves them as it swings. Gravity causes the pendulum to continuously swing back and forth, moving the weights at the proper times to keep the hands on the clock accurate. The grandfather clocks cannot work properly unless the weights are adjusted weekly. While the pendulum works off gravity to pull the weights, the weights themselves will begin to get off balance, and the clock will not keep the right time. The owner must adjust them to the proper heights. Each weight has a different height so that the pendulum’s swings affect it differently.

They move the hands around the clock, based on a certain number of swings from the pendulum. If a weight is set too high or too low, it will cause the corresponding component of the clock to move at the wrong speed, throwing the time off. Purchasing grandfather clocks can add a great deal to the feel of your living space. Just make sure you have the room to properly display your clock and have determined whether buying a grandfather clock means a reproduction or an original.

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