How to Quiet a Pendulum Clock

A pendulum clock is a mechanical clock that consists of a swinging weight, cord, and gears to regulate the time it displays. You must maintain your pendulum clock every once in a while so that it can keep accurate time. This blog post will provide some tips on how to quiet a pendulum clock. As people began to want more accurate timepieces, these traditional clocks fell out of favor for newer technologies such as quartz movement watches and atomic clocks.

How to Quiet a Pendulum Clock

However, with today’s renewed interest in historic homes and styles, more modern versions are being created that incorporate both old-fashioned charm with new technological improvements like battery power. With this guide you’ll learn some tips about caring for your device while it sits idle during the day or while you’re sleeping. Read on to know more!

10 Reasons Why You Should Quiet Pendulum Clock:

  1. It makes the clock look older and in proper working order.
  2. It reduces (not eliminates, but reduces) the unwelcome sound of a ticking clock when it is within earshot.
  3. Some people might have a sensory disorder that causes them to be very sensitive to certain sounds. If you have a family member or loved one that has this disorder, then not only will they thank you for quieting the clock, but it will also help them to stay calm and relaxed.
  4. No one wants to hear the steady ticking of a clock all day long at work or school. If your boss or teacher thinks you’re crazy because you keep asking him if he can still hear the clock ticking, then you should explain to him that not everyone can stand hearing the sound of a ticking clock.
  5. It will help reduce stress levels. Of course, everybody has their ways (i.e., singing, listening to music, etc.) of relieving stress and calming down after a long day at work or school; quieting the clock is just one of the many strategies you can use.
  6. You can claim with certainty that your pendulum clock works! Many people think that a ticking clock doesn’t work, but it will tick as long as it is wound up.
  7. You can claim with certainty that the pendulum clock is in good working order. For example, if your friend comes over and hears the ticking of a pendulum clock, they might ask you if it is in good working order. If you can say with certainty that the clock is quiet and they cannot hear anything when they stand next to the clock, then you will be able to prove to them that your pendulum clockworks.
  8. You won’t have to listen to a ticking noise all day long.
  9. You can be sure that you get your money’s worth out of the pendulum clock. If you pay a lot of money for the pendulum clock, then it should work.
  10. It will help preserve the life of your pendulum clock by reducing unnecessary wear and tear on moving parts inside the clock.
Stand Next to the Clock

8 Ways on How to Quiet a Pendulum Clock:

1. Polishing the Pivot Point:

Polishing the pivot point where the pendulum’s weight is attached to its rod or cable will reduce friction and noise. However, this is not a permanent solution as metals heat up with use and, after some time, may expand enough to cause more damage than good.

2. Using Oil:

Adding Oil (watch Oil) regularly to the pivot point will also reduce friction. However, this is also not a permanent solution because the Oil may attract foreign particles and contaminants, which can increase friction rather than reduce it.

3. Using Wax:

Using Wax at the pivot point has been known to reduce noise and increase the accuracy of timekeeping. While this method is not as standard as Oil or polishing, it is just as easy to accomplish and potentially more beneficial.

4. Using a Lighter Spring:

Adding a lighter spring to the pendulum will decrease its momentum and thus reduce noise and slowing of timekeeping. However, this method is only effective with clocks that do not depend on the movement of a pendulum to remain accurate, such as most quartz clocks.

5. Using Suspension Springs:

Decreasing the tension of the suspension springs will slow down the pendulum’s motion and, therefore, decrease noise and decrease the accuracy of timekeeping.

6. Using a Pendulum With a Large Bob:

Adding an inertial or heavyweight to the end of the pendulum (the bob) will reduce its momentum and thus reduce noise and potentially increase timekeeping accuracy; if not, too much weight is added. However, if too much weight is added, the pendulum may swing too slowly to be accurate.

7. Removing the Pendulum:

Removing the pendulum entirely will result in a clock that no longer keeps time accurately, so this method should only be used if all other methods have failed or are not desired. This method also allows for easier access to the clock’s works for maintenance and repair.

Clock's Works for Maintenance and Repair

8. Replacing the Brass Weights:

Replacing brass clock weights with wooden ones will both reduce noise and slow down timekeeping. However, the clock’s accuracy may suffer when doing this, so it should only be used when trying to stop loud clocks.


The pendulum clock is one of the most common clocks in existence. They are often given as gifts to loved ones for holidays or anniversaries, but they can sometimes be challenging to use due to their level of complexity. To quiet a pendulum clock, remove it and place it in an area where you can see both sides of the gear.

If this doesn’t work, try removing one or more bearings from either side to reduce weight on that particular lever arm. Lastly, check for any obstructions inside the housing if your gears are still noisy despite these changes, such as rust or dust. This blog post has shown you how to quiet a pendulum clock and given you some tips on what parts may need replacing if it becomes faulty over time. We hope that this article was helpful! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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