Here at Robinson’s with over 40+ years of experience from 4 generations within the Robinson family, we can provide you with any option for your favorite time piece. Looking to buy a clock stop in and see the hundreds of different options to pick from with different chimes, movements, and styles. Looking for a repair we can fix just about anything. We repair grandfather(floor) clocks, wall clocks, cuckoo clocks, mantel clocks, battery clocks, and many other things. Even your unusual clocks such as Atmos, antique escapements, and wooden gears. Stop in for a FREE estimate on your clock today!
Maintenance & Repair
Clocks require periodic maintenance such as cleaning, oiling, and occasional overhaul. An experienced clock maker should do this maintenance. We provide free estimates for clocks that are brought to our shop. We repair most mantel, wall, floor, and cuckoo clocks. If you have a question about your clock, give us a call.
Every clock will eventually stop and will then require repair. Repairs may include:
- Movement Rebuild
- Main Spring Replacement
- Suspension Spring Replacement
- Repair or Replacement of Gears
- Movement Replacement
In the event of fire, flood, moving, or other damage a clock may require restoration work. We provide full restoration service, including casework, dial restoration, replacement glass, hands, and pendulums.
We make service calls for floor clocks, providing maintenance in the home. For more extensive repairs we bring the movement into the shop.
Please call with any questions you may have. The following are tips that may be helpful in caring for your clock.
Brass should not be touched with bare hands. Use a soft cloth or gloves if you need to handle brass.
Dusting can be done with any spray, as long as it does not contain any waxes. After you spray, wipe it off with a soft cloth.
It is almost impossible to over wind a spring wound clock. To run properly, it must be wound completely tight. Depending on the movement, key wound clocks will stay running one day, seven days, or thirty-one days.
Weight driven clocks will usually run for seven days, and should be wound before the weights reach the bottom. While winding, watch the weights to make sure that they don’t hit the top or the pendulum. Slow down while winding before they reach the top. Otherwise, you may overpower the winding stop. If your weights are hung with chains, then pull the chains until the weights get close to the top. Note: the weights may be at different levels when it is time to wind. This is normal. If your clock has weights hung with cable, then you should simply wind until the crank stops.
With all clocks, when out of town for longer than they run, wind and then stop them before you leave.
Batteries should be changed once a year, to keep them from dying and leaking inside. We recommend Duracell batteries as the ends are designed to provide better contact.
To keep your clock running, you should get your clock oiled by a professional every three years. Do not spray silicone or any other spray-on oil into the clock mechanism, as it can cause premature wearing and damage.
Time Keeping Adjustment
With a pendulum clock, you may have to adjust the speed if it has a tendency to run fast or slow. At the bottom of the pendulum, there is a short threaded pole with a nut on it. This nut is used to raise and lower the pendulum weight, to speed up or slow down the clock. To speed up the clock one minute, turn the nut one full rotation to the right, whereas one minute slower is one full rotation to the left. To adjust the speed, follow these simple directions:
- Stop your clock, by stopping the pendulum.
- Adjust the nut left or right one turn.
- Start the clock and set the time.
- Twenty four hours later, observe how many minutes adjustment is required. Reset the clock and rotate the nut the appropriate direction, one full rotation per minute of adjustment.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call and we will gladly help you.