On Sat, 11 Jul 2009, Mr. Bill wrote:
> I recently inherited a 7' grandfather clock and moved it from safe
> country down to earthquake prone So. Cal. The three weights are ~ 12
> #'s each so it is extremely top-heavy when "wound" and they are at the
> top. I know it needs to be attached to the wall but am not sure how.
> Should I use a L bracket and mount it solidly or maybe use a cable so it
> has a little movement? Spring?
I can't think of any reason why a solid mount wouldn't be fine... It may
possibly transmit sound more to the wall when the chimes ring, but
shouldn't matter otherwise.
> Second question: When the front door is opened, it has an extremely
> acrid musty odor. Baking soda seems to do nothing. I hesitate to use
> anything with its own smell for fear of impregnating (Now, now, no puns
> please!) the beautiful Pennsylvania Cedar. Any ideas?
No clue on this one, unfortunately.
I'll echo the previous poster about paying a pro to come clean/lube the
clock... In our case it was so dirty and worn (20 year old clock, probably
never cleaned / serviced in that entire time) that the whole movement/
guts needed to be replaced. None of what he did in terms of cleaning or
replacing stuff was particularly hard, but it did look like a little
experience went a long way.
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