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The pendulum on our Colonial of Zeeland grandfather clock stops after swinging for about 20 minutes.  We just got it from my father-in-law.  It is 33 years old.  He said he had it serviced about 10 years ago.  We transported it flat from his house to ours after removing the weights and pendulum.  I reinstalled the pendulum and weights.  The weights are numbered on the bottom 1, 2 & 3.  I installed them in that order from left to right.  The clock stands on carpeted floor and the pendulum swings freely.  See attached photos.  I would be grateful for any advice you can offer.

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Check to make sure the pendulum is "in beat"-
http://mb.nawcc.org/showwiki.php?title=Beat_Setting_101
If the pendulum is properly in beat then the clock may be stopping due to the suspension and/or crutch having been bent or damaged in the moving process or due to the condition of the movement. It should be professionally cleaned & overhauled every 15 years or so, not just oiled.

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Steve Guthrie C.C.

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A.W.C.I. Certified Clockmaker with 35 years of experience. I can answer clock repair or maintenance related questions. Please don't expect answers advising the use of bubble gum, bailing wire or WD-40. I only give advice that is meant to preserve your clock in the best possible condition, not make it worse. No questions regarding clock value or identification. I am not a collector and cannot do valuations. Visit my website at: http://www.arlingtonclockrepair.com/

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Clock repairman in the north Texas area for 35 years. Certification as a Clockmaker through the AWCI since 1986.

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I was featured in an article by the Watch&Clock Review regarding my restoration of a tower clock for the Wise County courthouse in Decatur, Tx.

Education/Credentials
Certification as a clockmaker with the American Watchmakers/Clockmakers Institute since 1986.

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General public,Six Flags Over Texas,Collin County,Tx.,Wise County,Tx.,Rapides Bank,Rapides Parrish,La.

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