Most of the new cuckoo clocks out there come with a ” silent ” lever, it is located either on the side or on the bottom of the clock. This lever comes with an on and off option, turning the lever to the off option basically means that both cuckoo and the music that’s made by the clock every hour or so is silenced. After turning it off, you can turn it on at any time later you want. But one thing to take note is that, don’t try to turn the lever to off whilst its sounding and making the Coo-coo sound as this might disrupt the cuckoo clocks’ functions
But one thing to note here is that not all of the cuckoo clocks come with an “On & Off Lever” especially the older clocks that have already been in use for years. Down below is a video attached to help you in those cases
There are quite a lot of cuckoo clocks now available in the market that come with a light sensor which means that they can detect when there is no light and hence stop making a sound every hour when like usual, this means the next time, the clock’s sensor sense light it will start doing its job of cuckooing and making a sound every hour again. This can be quite convenient in the night time as the clock wouldn’t be making any kind of sound and you can sleep peacefully.
The on and off lever is something that comes separate for these clocks and turning the button to “off” for these clocks would mean that they won’t make noise even there is light outside, and will only go back to their functioning, once you manually press ” on ” on the clock
Can You Wind A Cuckoo Clock Too Frequently?
Even if you wind a clock two to 3 times a day, there shouldn’t be a problem as long as you aren’t doing it a bit too roughly
What To Do If The Cuckoo Clock Isn’t Making Sounds The Correct Number Of Times?
You can try removing the weights and turning the hand to align with the hour that it struck, then you can replace the weight. Usually, it works this way, but if it doesn’t for you then your best option is to a repairing shop
Clock Not Making The Cuckoo Sound But Making The Hourly Sound
You start off by removing the right weight and setting the minute hand clockwise until it points at the hour that just passed. After doing this, replace your right weight and set the time of the clock back to the actual time. And lastly, you pull the weights up and start the clock.
Turning Back The Cuckoo Clock By An Hour?
For changing the time of the clock, there are some small cloggs at the back of the clock that you can use to correct the time accordingly
Cuckoo Clock’s Door Not Closing Or struck
You can try bending the wire that goes from the bird to the cuckoo clock door, this usually works. To elaborate, this would mean putting a bend on the wire, which would work the same as shortening the wire. The shortened wire won’t let the bird go too far away and would make the door shut more when the bird comes back into the clock and sleeps
Do Cuckoo Clocks Need To Be Oiled
Yes, but doing it when not needed can prove harmful, you can oil the cuckoo clock if the gears are sticking, this usually happens after 2 to 3 years. And it is recommended that you do this with a graphite lubricant or something of this sort. Whereas you can clean the outer wood-ish part with any clock. On the other hand, if you are looking for an answer for a mantel or a wall clock, they should be optimally oiled and cleaned every 4 to 5 years
What Kind Of Oil Do You Use In Your Cuckoo Clocks?
Liberty Oil, it is a synthetic oil that can be used by for oiling nearly all the parts of your cuckoo clock. This oil will greatly help in reducing the overall friction within gears and surfaces
Do Cuckoo Clocks Need Batteries?
Yes, usually Cuckoo clocks do conventionally require batteries to work, the number of batteries and the type of batteries may differ from model to model but they do usually require an insertion of battery to actually work
How to Hang Weights on a Cuckoo Clock?
After hanging the clock on the wall, find the weight hooks hanging on the downside of the cuckoo clock. To elaborate, the weight hooks are small metal circles. These circles are big enough to place the hook on top of the weight. You just then go on to hook the chain with the weight to the circle and the chain hook is mostly 3 inches away from the bottom of the cuckoo clock, you repeat this process with the other chains. Be sure to gently lower down the weights rather than just dropping them as that might harm the cuckoo clock
Cuckoo Clocks With 3 Weights
Usually, musical cuckoo clocks come with 3 weights, and the non-musical ones only come with 2 weights. But in both of these cases, one weight’s function is timekeeping and the other weight’s function is to control the overall sound and the movement of the bird. What do the 3 weights do you ask? well, they drive the music box and sound music. Moreover, if you are wondering which of the weights go where, then the heaviest one should be hooked on the rightmost side when facing the cuckoo clock and the other two have the same weight, so you can exchange them for their position without any problem and place them on either
Hopefully, this article was helpful in answering some of your cuckoo clock related questions. If you have any clock-related questions, feel free to use the comment section below. And if you want to know 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!“. Here is also a link about the history of clocks if you want to give that a look “History of timekeeping devices“