Grandmother Clock Repair

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.

Let Grand Strand Clock Repair Help You!

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.

Click here to contact us, and we’ll take good care of you and your beloved timepiece.

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