How to install your Cuckoo Clock
One day mechanical clocks
One day mechanical clocks will run with either two or three weights. One weight will make the clock tic the other weight will make the Cuckoo call. If there are three weights, the third weight will run the music and any actions. Ideally the case will need to be positioned about 6 feet off the ground to allow the weights to fall over a 24 hour period. Clocks with a one day mechanism will need to be wound once a day. You can wind more frequently, this will be a personal choice, but failure to wind once a day will result in the clock stopping.
Eight day mechanical clocks
Eight day clocks will also run with two or three weights. Each weight does the same as described above for the one day clock. The case also needs to be positioned about 6 feet from the floor. The gearing of the eight day mechanism means that the clock can run for a full week without the need to re wind. The weights are considerably heavier and as above you can wind more frequently if this is preferable.
Quartz clocks are driven by batteries. These clocks can be positioned lower if desired as any weights fitted to a quartz clock will be decorative only and will not run down.
All clocks when delivered will come with clear instructions (in English) on how to safely install the clock. It is important to read the instructions and follow them. There is a tendency to unpack, undo and hang and then pick up the instructions. Here are some simple tips to follow:
Mechanical clocks will arrive with the chains secured, usually with a wire as they come through the case. This wire is holding the chains tight over the cogs and allows for the clock to lay on its back without the chains slipping off the cogs. This wire should not be removed until the clock is secure on the wall.
Mechanical clocks will also have bellow clips, these usually look like a large staple with a red tag. They are found inside the case and are there to protect the bellows whilst the clock is in transit. When you remove the back of the clock you will see the tags and just pull them off. Failure to remove the bellow clips will result in a silent cuckoo!
Finally, mechanical clocks usually have a retaining clip over the cuckoo door. It’s a simple little clip that just needs to be moved to one side to allow the cuckoo to come out.
All the above, and more is well explained in the instructions that come with your clock.