Long treasured for its superior accuracy in timekeeping, the grandfather clock is a large, free-standing pendulum clock in which the pendulum is stored within the clock’s case. These clocks are frequently known for their ornate, decorated hoods. They provide value both as decorative elements and as potential antiques/family heirlooms today. It is believed the grandfather clock was created by William Clement, an English clockmaker in 1670. Prior to that, Robert Hooke’s anchor escapement mechanism creation in 1658 allowed clockmakers to capture slower “beats” of the pendulum. This change allowed for less winding of the clocks and more accuracy in their timekeeping. Modern clocks in this style now use a “deadbeat escapement.” The grandfather clock is known by several other names, including the tall-case clock, longcase clock, and floor clock. No matter the name, these clocks are typically wound either daily or once a week.
The previously noted accuracy of timekeeping and the potential for both their decorative value and their value as are among the chief reasons for owning a grandfather clock. The superior design of the pendulum clock mechanism has been proven to be one of the most accurate possible. Rather than rely on the antiseptic look of a digital clock or watch-face, you can rely on a grandfather clock to add style to your living space while still keeping your life on schedule and on time. The ornate design of the grandfather clock is a hallmark of many homes even today. These clocks add a level of sophistication and prestige to the living quarters where they are found. With an antique grandfather clock, you also have a unique investment piece that rarely costs less than $30,000 if maintained and kept in good working condition. To maintain a clock in such condition and to ensure you have an accurate, working timepiece that will last for generations, there is no better resource than Grand Strand Clock Repair.
The Grand Strand Clock Repair Grandfather Clock Service Promise
Located in Myrtle Beach and serving surrounding areas in both South and North Carolinas, Grand Strand is your go-to resource for grandfather clock repair. With our years of experience in the maintenance and repair of grandfather clocks, we can provide you with professional level service and care for your clock. Our deep understanding of the history of the grandfather clock and our appreciation for the value inherent in each of these clocks ensures that we will take the utmost care to return your clocks in as good as or better than condition than how they came in. We know your choice of a grandfather clock means you care, and we want to convey that same level of care and concern with the grandfather clock repair service provided by our team.Whether its a newer model or an antique family heirloom, your grandfather clock will be in good hands with the grandfather clock repair team at Grand Strand Clock Repair. Click here to reach out now, and let us show you and your clock the best service possible.
A grandmother clock is a tall and tubular clock driven by a weighted pendulum usually visible below the waist, running through from the base of the dial to the foot of the tower. The hood typical takes on a curved shape somewhat like the edge of an egg although designs may vary from one clock to another.
It’s often the case that grandmother and grandfather are used interchangeably, but they refer to two different items. While the pair are two peas in a pod in terms of aesthetics, height differences determine the classification of the long-case clock. Grandfather clocks typically range between six and seven-and-a-half feet tall while their grandmother alternatives are usually shorter, averaging measurements of between five and six feet tall. The latter’s smaller design is what sets it apart although it also tends to lean toward a feminine touch, hence the name, with the presentation often encompassing flowers or scrolls.
The onset of the digital age has meant hundreds of DIY tutorials at the mere click, or tap, of a button. However, these kinds of clocks are very delicate on account of their movement and complex components. That said, here’s why your grandmother clocked is best looked after in the hands of Grand Strand Clock Repair.
The internet goes a long way in offering adequate maintenance tips, but there are different varieties of grandmother clocks to consider. This can make narrowing down the issue, and consequently the solution, a problem. While some remedies or upkeep pointers might work for one model, they could be doing more harm than good on another design.
At Grand Strand Clock Repair, we are well-versed with that and have learned over the years with first-hand experience what works for which clock and what doesn’t. What’s more, we know of how best to approach each situation so as not to interfere with delicate elements like the hands or the pendulum weights whose shift can trigger cascading timekeeping errors.
Complexity of Movements
If there is an underlying problem tracing back to the movement, then that is a complication that’s definitely out of most people’s experience. But you won’t know if that’s where the problem lies in the first place unless you’re an experienced clock expert. With so many parts to keep in mind and alignment considerations to be wary of, a grandmother’s movement can be rocket science to newbies, so it’s best to have us take a look at your grandmother clock.
Working Conditions and Equipment
Dirt is high on the list of any clock’s adversaries, and self-repair without the proper equipment and working environment can make the situation even worse. A home is rife with contaminants, and it’s usually devoid of the proper tools required for maintenance or repair work which might lead you to make do with not-so-effective alternatives that might damage the clock’s parts. So instead of saving a few bucks, you’ll end up spending more on repairs than what you would have by first letting one of our experts work on it.
With that in mind, grandmother clocks usually fall into the antique category of the chronology industry and with regular servicing (at least once every two years) they can remain a family heirloom for generations to come.
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We work on almost any kind of clock: mantel, wall, Floor (grandfather/grandmother), anniversary, and cuckoo. We work on all mechanical movements, as well as provide replacements for modern battery movements.
Not near us? No problem! You can ship your clock to us, we’ll take care of the work, and then ship it back to you.
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