This edition of Maintenance Monday is going to be a quick one.  Here, I’ll show you how to properly wind a clock.  Contrary to popular belief, it’s impossible to ‘over wind’ a clock. The mainspring of a clock is not infinite; though it is possible to break a mainspring if you continue to wind it beyond the point when it stops.

Step 1:

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Open the face of the clock, and insert the key into any one of the two or three keyholes.

Step 2:

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Slowly turn the key clockwise until it stops.  Do not force it past the point when it becomes difficult to turn.

Step 3:

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Repeat the process on the remaining keyholes.  This clock has 3 keyholes; One for the clock movement, and two for the different chimes.  Your clock may have 1, 2 or 3.  Be sure not to shake the clock too much while winding, as the pendulum (if equipped) can swing around and damage the internal parts, or knock itself out of adjustment.  More on this later.

 

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