Installing a Cuckoo Clock

1. Open up the back of the clock, and remove the clips from the bellows, and the paper from the gong, and replace the back of the clock.

2. Remove the paper and the wire that is securing the chains.

3. Unlatch the cuckoo door.

4. Hang the clock on the wall. A good size nail in a stud at a steep angle works best. Make sure the clock is flush against the wall at all times.

5. Hang pendulum on wire loop. Make sure the pendulum does not run on any part of the case where it comes out of the bottom slot. It should automatically be in the middle.

6. Hang one weight on each hook. (Weights should have the same weight and size.)

7. Set pendulum in motion and listen for an even “tick tock”. If the “tick tock” is not even, tilt the clock to the right or left until it is even. Important: Do not use your eyes to level the clock. Use your ears to find the even beat. An uneven beat will cause your clock to stop.

8. To regulate for time keeping: If the clock is running fast, gently slide the pendulum leaf/disc downwards. (Lower is slower). If the clock is running slow, gently slide the pendulum leaf/disc upwards.

9. If the clock is equipped with a shut-off lever, put lever in the OFF position to set the clock. You may turn hands in either direction. If the clock does not have a shut-off lever, turn hands backwards to the correct time.

To set the clock:

Turn the larger (minute hand) backwards until the clock shows the correct time. Do not move the smaller (hour hand). After the first hour the cuckoo should call the correct time. If you move the minute hand clockwise you must wait each time for it to finish its call and music before you continue. After setting the clock’s hands make sure the cuckoo shut-off switch is to the ON position.

To wind the clock:

Pull the chain without the weight hanging on it (the end with the brass ring) directly towards the floor. Do not help the weight up by touching or lifting it.

To regulate the time:

If the clock is running fast, gently slide the pendulum leaf or disc downwards.

Pendulum Leaf (or disk) height: LOWER is SLOWER.

If the clock is running slow, gently slide the pendulum leaf or disc upwards.

Most Common Errors When Installing a Cuckoo Clock

Always hang the clock on a sturdy nail or screw put into a stud (preferably) at an angle. This should avoid the “falling off the wall” problem. Do not use a picture hook.

Hang the clock so the back of the clock is flush against the wall.

Don’t level with your eyes. Don’t use a level. You must listen for an even “tick tock” sound. This will prevent the clock from stopping.

If the clock does not cuckoo, check to make sure the wire is completely free from the door, clips are off bellows and rubber bands, and Styrofoam is removed from the interior of the clock (not all clocks have rubber bands or Styrofoam). Also be sure the “silent” lever is in the correct position.

If the clock is not keeping proper time you can adjust the pendulum carving. Move it up (close to the clock itself) to make the time go faster, and down (away from the clock closer to the floor) to make the time slow down. LOWER IS SLOWER.

NEVER pull the weights or help them by lifting them when pulling the chains up. In other words – DO NOT TOUCH the weights while pulling the chains. Pressure must always be on the weighted chain to keep it on the sprocket.

Sometimes the bird sticks out with the door open. If the bird does not go back in DON’T FORCE IT. Take the weights and the pendulum off, open the back of the clock, and make sure the wire that goes across the top is UNDERNEATH the tail of the cuckoo bird. This wire lifts the bird’s tail and if it somehow got on top of the bird’s tail it may keep the bird from coming back inside the clock.

Whatever the problem, if something doesn’t seem to be working properly, DON’T USE FORCE!

Reread the instructions or call the store where you purchased the clock.