How To Replace Clock Hands?


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Replacing clock hands is a skill that can come in handy for any clock owner out there, so today, I decided to write an elaborate article on the process of how it can be done in the most optimal ways. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it

First Step

You will start off by removing the batteries of the clock so the hands of the clocks stop moving whilst you are going through with the overall procedure. After having removed the batteries you will turn the clock upside down and look for hoses ( small spots on the inner circle of the clock). After you find these holes, you push them with a small thin screw driver, or anything slim enough to do the job, this would help push the face of the clock. A very important point to note here is that not all of the clocks come with hosese that you can just push and take the front glass out. Some also come with screws bolted in them.

If your clock is of that type, the proceess is rather quite straight forward as you might have guessed, all you need to do here is get yourself a screw driver of the right size and get started with it. After you are done taking out the screws, taking out the front glass of the clock would be rather quite simple and easy. If the glass feels a bit stuck, you can try to put some more force mildly as this is just because due to the face being there for quite a while and will not cause any harm to the face or the clock. Down below are picture attached to show how to deal with a clock with hoses and a clock with screws

Taking The Hands Out

After having taken out the front galss of the clock you will see the hands upfront with the clock’s face as the background. The hands in every clock are arranged in the follwing order

  • The uppermost: Second hand
  • Middle: Minute hand
  • Lower most: Hour hand

Now, you wills tart off by taking out the hands of the clocks one by one but before doing that you would need to take ou the nut first which would be holding the hands together on the top. Taking out the nut isn’t that hard a deal and can be done simply by using little force from hands, after taking out the hands you will then proceed with removing the second, minute and the hour hands.

Don’t hesitate to apply a bit more force while taking them out as they might have gotten a bit stuck after being in the same place for such a while now.

Now moving on to the last and the final step of it all which is placing the new hands in place of the old hands

Placing New Hands

This is the part where you add the new hands in place of the old hands, quite self explanatory right, one thing to note at this point is that, you would need to apply a bit more force when putting the hour hand and there would be a click that will make the hour hand stuck into the iron stick. Down below is a showcasing the whole process of putting back the hands of the clock

After the hour hand is stuck, you will proceed with adding the new minute and the second hand respectively as shown clearly in the video attached above. After you have instilled the overall hands together on the clock. You will need to tap the nut back in and screw it tight. Being done with that, all that’s left is to put the glass face back on.

If your clock’s glass face was bolted with screws you can go on to put the glass back on in its prior position and screw it back on, or if the clock was the hoses one then the procedure is even more simple as you would only need to put the glass back on in its prior position and just push it down with a bit of force. This will get the glass face to be back in its place And there you have it! the whole procedure of installing new hands in a clock.

Can One Replace Clock Hands At Home?

Yes, replacing clocks’ hands is rather quite an easy task that you can go through in the comfort of your home as you might have guessed from the elaborate description in the above paragraphs. All you need to have for this is a relevant screw driver along with a pair of new clock hands that you want to install into the clock

How Many Hands Does A Clock Have?

Usually an anlaog clock has 3 hands:

  • The uppermost: Second hand
  • Middle: Minute hand
  • Lower most: The hour hand

but there are clocks that don’t come with the second hand and some even without the minute hand but conventionally the analog clocks come with 3 hands in positions as we just listed above

Hopefully, this article was helpful in answering clearly your query of how to replace clock hands? If you have any further related questions feel free to use the comment section below. And last but not least if you are interested in knowing why clocks don’t appear in dreams, we have a great article on just that so do give it a click if you are interested “Why don’t clocks appear in dreams? Clocks and dreams!Opens in a new tab.“. Here is also a link about the history of clocks if you want to give that a look “History of timekeeping devicesOpens in a new tab.” Hopefully, this article was an interesting read, stay tuned to ohmyclock for more interesting articles regarding clocks

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