Re: One of my chains on my cuckoo clock sticks; is there...
Is this a new or older antique clock? If it's an older one maybe bought in a antique store, they may have bought it from someone and replaced a chain and it doesn't match the wheel. If it's original chains the wheel may have a snag, ,bent, or a bur in the wheel that will also cause the chain to snag and not pass through easly.
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If your cuckoo runs too fast or slow, the best way to correct this problem is to set your cuckoo to an accurate watch or clock. After 24 hours, record how many minutes your cuckoo is running too fast or slow. Then adjust the bob up or down the pendulum stick to change the pendulms effective length. You'll need to take an educated guess as to the distance. Reset the cuckoo minute hand time to your watch or clock again. Repeat this process every 24 hours, recording the results, and readjusting the bob until you are within 3 minutes of the correct time. Then, switch from recording every day to recording every week. Use the same process described, recording the time difference, adjusting the bob up or down every week, until the cuckoo is accurate within approximately 3 minutes per week. Remember, mechanical cuckoo clocks are not as accurate as quartz or electric clocks! A three minute error per week is not bad. Maybe you can do better. What you are attempting to do is to obtain is the best timekeeping possible from your cuckoo clock. Afterwards, you will still need to sychronize the cuckoo (coo coo) clock minute hand to an accurate clock or watch, each week or as desired.
As Larry said, you can pull the chain to spin the wheel in both directions. If you are having trouble with one chain being longer, you can even them out this way. I wouldn't suggest removing the weights.
There is a Black Forest Clock Association. They certify cuckoo clocks that are made from wood and made with parts produced in the Black Forest region and that meet the standards set by the association.
I had a cuckcoo clock I got when I was in the Navy, and it came from Germany. I had the same problem. Have you ever heard the expression, "Stop yanking my chain"? Well, this is exactly what I had to do to get mine working... Well, since they wind up via the chain...
Do it yourself. There is no need for any repairs - you just have to put the chain back on wheel. Take a look on another chain in the clock and put the slipped chain back on wheel exactly in the same way as another chain. Use tweezers to reach the chain.