Getting Your Cuckoo Ready
Please Read the following BEFORE HANDLING THE CLOCK and contact us with any questions!
Also follow these YouTube links to watch videos on the hanging and adjusting of your cuckoo.
CUCKOO CLOCK SET UP:
1. Carefully remove the clock. Your cone weights, pendulum, and top trim (if applicable) are wrapped separately.
2. Hang the clock level on the wall using an anchor rated for 50lbs or more.***(see more below)
3. Carefully unwrap the chains underneath the clock and lower them to the floor so they are hanging free of one another.
4. Unlatch the cuckoo door, of it is latched.
5. Hang the pendulum on the clock, attach the cone weights, then wind the clock by pulling each cone weight up to the base of the clock. (Don’t lull the weights, pull the side of the chain with the round ring)
6. Pull the pendulum to one side or the other and release it to start the clock.
7. To confirm that your cuckoo clock is operating correctly advance the minute hand clockwise to the nearest hour or half hour and listen for the cuckoo and music for musical clocks. Be sure to let the cuckoo (and music) run its full cycle before advancing the minute hand again. ***the time should never be adjusted by the hour hand. Do not touch it.
8. Move the minute hand, pausing at each half hour and hour for the cuckoo call. (Never move the minute hand counter clockwise past the 6 or 12.)
9. After setting the time, pull the weights up if the are down.
10. Set the clock in motion by gently pushing the pendulum to start it swinging.
***Listen to your clock : if the beat does not sound rhythmic and consistent then gently move the clock base to the left or right until the ticking becomes smooth. We even suggest that customers put a slight pencil mark of the wall when they learn exactly when the slight tilt of the clock is positioned for the correct beat.
ANCHORING YOUR CUCKOO CLOCK TO A STUD:
1. Hanging a clock by anchoring it directly into a stud is the best and most secure way to mount your cuckoo clock.
2. Try to use a screw with a minimum of 2 inches in length for going through the drywall and into a stud. (#8 or #10 wood screw)
*** The screw should have a large head and go into the wall at a slight downward angle.
***You should leave at least a 1/2 inch of the screw exposed outside the wall to firmly mount the clock.
*** See our video on YouTube or Facebook for a visual.
HANGING A CUCKOO CLOCK AT THE PROPER HEIGHT:
Try to set your anchor screw between 6 1/2 and a 7 feet up, depending on the height of the clock and whether or not you mind having a few inches of chain on the floor when your clock is fully wound.
***For larger clocks set the anchor at 7 feet and for those with a height under 15 inches you can go a little lower.
***These clocks are to be mounted and viewed at a slight angle above the site line. The bottom of a larger clock (wood not weights) will be about 6 feet off of the ground if the anchor is mounted at the recommended height of 7 feet. upon arrival.
WINDING YOUR CLOCK (Pulling on the weights)
***This needs to be done once a day for one day clock types and once a week for the “8 day” clocks.
1. Place one of your hands on the clock to steady it.
2. With your other hand, pull down on the free end of one chain, which will bring the cone weight on the other end of that chain up to the base of the clock. Due this for the other chain as well.
REGULATING THE CLOCKS TIME
The cuckoo is designed to be accurate within one to two minutes a day. There is a bob on the pendulum that slides up, to speed the time, and slides down, to slow the time. It only needs to be moved slightly.
PLEASE NOTE :
The clocks are packed well and well running. If, after shipping and hanging, minor adjustments are needed, please contact us IMMEDIATELY for assistance.