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    Calculate the Needed Change to the Pendulum Length

    If your clock is ticking away but its a little slow or fast, use this calculator to determine how much to shortern or lengthen the pendulum. You don't have to be too precise on the current length; if you have a fairly close figure, then the needed change will be close too.

    Change the items in the yellow boxes and see the Results below.

    Calculator
    Change in Pendulum Length
    Pendulum Measurements:
     Current Pendulum Length:
    How Fast or Slow is the Clock Currently?
    Mins
    Secs
    Fast, or
     In 24 Hours:
    Slow
     In 1 Hour:
    Results:
    Current
       Desired
    Beats per Hour:
    Beats per Minute:
    Pendulum Length:
    Inches
     
    Needed Pendulum Chg:
    Inches
    Tips
    The center of gravity includes the mass of the pendulum bob and the pendulum shaft. However, with this calculation of determining the needed change in pendulum length it is really only important to measure the estimated center of gravity in exactly the same way each time.
    Formula:
    BPM = (141120 ÷ LP)½
    where,
    • BPM is beats per minute
    • LP is the pendulum length
    Pendulum Length

    This calculator, provided by Horology - The Index, is one in a series of repair calculations. This calculation may be used by anyone who wishes to adjust a pendulum clock to be faster or slower.