Cuckoo Clock Instructions

Directions for setting up your mechanical cuckoo clock (Video below):

(Battery operated clock instructions can be found below these instructions)

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  1. Open up the back door of the clock and remove the bellows clips (a) and business card (b).
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   2. Move the latch on the front door aside so that the cuckoo can come out (c).

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3. Hang the clock on the wall on a screw that is at a 45 degree angle (d), so the clock sits flush on the wall. (Do not use a hook or a nail as the clock can fall off the wall).

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4. Remove the wire from the chains (e), so that they hang down to approximately 20cm above the floor. Please ensure that you do not lay the clock down when removing the wire as the chains can come off the ratchet wheel.

5. Hang the weights on the hooks at the top of the chains (f) and hang the pendulum on the pendulum hanger (g) underneath the clock.

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6. Use the on/off lever to silence the cuckoo and music if you desire. This may be found on the side or the bottom of your clock (h).

7. To set the time, move the minute hand in a clockwise direction until you reach the correct time (The hour hand will move by itself as you turn the minute hand). You may wish to hear the cuckoo (and music) play or alternatively, you may wish to switch the silence lever (h) to ‘off’ and set the time without having to let the cuckoo and music play.

Trouble shooting Mechanical Cuckoo Clocks:

  • My clock is running too fast or slow. (Pendulum with leaf or pendulum with adjustment nut)
  • Move the leaf or adjustment nut on the pendulum up or down to increase or decrease the speed of the clock. In one 24 hour period, 1mm adjustment = 1 min on the leaf pendulum or 1 turn = 1min on the adjustment nut pendulum. (These are approximate calculations)
    1. If Fast:  Move the leaf down the pendulum or move the nut anti-clockwise to slow it down the required amount of minutes and also adjust the minute hand back the amount of minutes it is fast by.
    2. If Slow:  Move the leaf up the pendulum or move the nut clockwise to speed it up to the required amount of minutes and then adjust the minute hand forward the amount of minutes it is slow by. 
      For example:
      • If the clock is 5 mins fast, move leaf 5 mm down or move the nut 5 anti-clockwise turns and adjust the minute hand back by 5 mins.
      • If the clock is 5 mins slow, move the leaf up 5mm or move the nut 5 clockwise turns and adjust the minute hand forward by 5 mins.
    3. Check the time again in 24 hours, and repeat the process until correct timing is achieved.
  • I didn’t wind my clock up and now it has stopped:
    1. Pull the chains to bring the weights back up the top.
    2. Move the minute hand clockwise to set to the desired time.
    3. Refer to step 7 to set the time.
  • My Cuckoo and time are out of sync: Make the cuckoo call by moving the minute hand to 12.  Take note of how many times the cuckoo calls.  Then move the hour hand to the corresponding hour.  5 cuckoos, move the hour hand to the 5.  Then refer to step 7 to set time accordingly.
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Directions for setting up your Quartz (battery operated) cuckoo clock:

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1. Open up the back panel of the clock and insert the size C batteries into the movement. Replace the back panel.

2. Hang the clock on the wall on a screw that is at a 45 degree angle, so the clock sits flush on the wall (a). (Do not use a hook or a nail)

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3. Remove the gold wire holding the bag of ornamental chains (b) and hang your weights onto the hooks (c). Hang your pendulum onto the pendulum hanger underneath the clock (d).

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4. To set the time, move the minute hand in a clockwise direction until you reach the correct time, allowing the cuckoo to strike each hour. Alternatively, you can silence the cuckoo whilst setting the time, by switching the cuckoo/music to “Off” using the switch on the side of the clock (e) and moving the minute hand freely without having to wait for the cuckoo each hour. You will hear it click inside as it goes past each hour.

5. There is a light sensor on the clock usually above the number XII, which automatically silences the cuckoo at night when the room is dark.

Trouble shooting Quartz (battery operated) cuckoo clocks:

  • If the time on the clock does not correspond to the number of cuckoo calls, proceed as follows:
    • If cuckoo calls twice } move the hour hand to the numeral 2.
    • If cuckoo calls 9 times } move the hour hand to the numeral 9.

    From here, you can then move the minute hand in a clockwise direction until the correct time is reached.

    • If the bird’s door does not open or the clock is running slow, the batteries must be replaced.  Remove the batteries, set the hands to 12:05, and insert new batteries.  The first cuckoo will then be 1 O’Clock. Follow step 4 to set the time.
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