Do you still have a ticking wall clock in your bedroom that’s distracting at night? In this guide, we’ll run through some unconventional ways to stop the ticking, such as soundproofing, installing a cuckoo clock, or stanching the noise with an acoustical curtain.
Or just get rid of it altogether! It’s probably not doing much good there anyway. This way, not only will your sleeping be less affected by the annoying noise but it will also be helpful for your children to learn how much time has elapsed in 24 hours. Alternatively, you can simply purchase one of those clocks that doesn’t tick at all which is always an option. The best option, and the easiest to implement is to stop the ceaseless tick-tocking with some sort of sound proofing or acoustical curtain. The key to stopping the tick-tock is to mute it first and then use your more conventional methods like sound proofing or an acoustical curtain.
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright. These are the lyrics of one of my favorite Christmas carols that you won’t be hearing much of this season – as many people have stopped using their clocks – opting instead for digital ones. While they might be easier to read, they lack the nostalgic charm of a traditional clock with its ticking hands. Perhaps the most vexing problem with a ticking wall clock however, is that it tends to be very noisy.
What kind of clock does not tick?
Before you decide on a way to stop the ticking, you need to consider what kind of clock you have. Are you dealing with an analog clock – the kind that has hands that move around a face? Or, are you dealing with a digital clock? If you have a digital clock, it is much easier to get rid of the noise than it is for an analog one because there are fewer moving parts.
Getting Rid of Ticking on an Analog Clock: The first thing you need to know about stopping the ticking on an analog clock and getting rid of the ticks is that anything attached to its external face will not affect how loud or quiet the ticking is. The only way to stop the ticking is to sound proof or install some sort of acoustical curtain so that it will not disturb you any more.
If this is what you are dealing with, then you should start by deciding exactly where you want the clock. Most people place it on the bedroom wall, but if for some reason you do not want it there, try another location like over a mantlepiece. The next thing to decide on is whether or not you want the clock to be functional as well as decorative. This might be important if your child is learning how to tell time and has trouble reading an analog clock face. If this is something that concerns you, look into clocks specifically designed for children .
Do all wall clocks tick?
All analog wall clocks tick. Digital ones do not tick as they are composed of silent parts.
How to stop the ticking?
The best way to stop the ticking is with soundproofing or an acoustical curtain that will prevent it from disturbing you while you sleep. Soundproofing the clock can be done with a DIY project or by hiring a professional. An acoustical curtain, on the other hand, can be purchased at almost any department store and is easy to install. Before purchasing such a thing however, make sure that your clock does not have an exposed face – meaning one without any glass over it. Therefore, if your unit is not digital but has a face that you can see through, you’re still left with the acoustical curtain options.
There are many other DIY solutions for stopping clock ticks too. From Germanium plates embedded between the gears to attaching cotton balls to the outer gears, there are hundreds of ways clock keepers have come up with as ways to stop their clocks from ticking. But none of them have been proven effective nor recommended by anyone else. So unless you want to take your chances on a DIY project that may or may not work for all clocks, it’s always best to get rid of the noise as soon as possible.
Do quartz wall clocks tick?
Quartz wall clocks do not tick. They have silent parts.
How can you stop the ticking of a quartz clock?
It is simple! Get rid of the clock all together and choose a digital instead. This way there will be no noise to stop because it will be make up entirely of silent parts. If your clock ticks, you should stop it before it drives you mad!
What is a cuckoo clock?
A cuckoo clock is basically a digital version of an analog one, except that it doesn’t have hands but rather numbers in them – indicating the hours and minutes.
How do you stop a cuckoo clock from ticking?
You can stop a cuckoo clock from ticking by installing an acoustical curtain. It will muffle the ticks, so it won’t disturb you while you’re asleep. An alternative to this is to simply turn off the clock completely, but if this is something that you want your children to become accustomed to, make sure that they know how to read a digital or analog version as well – for time purposes only!
How noisy are cuckoo clocks?
Cuckoo clocks are noisier than standard wall clocks. However, many of them can be modified with cotton balls or other soft materials placed around the gears.
Thus, if you don’t want to stop the ticking of a clock from disturbing you while you sleep, the best place for it is over a mantlepiece. If that however, is the spot where your bed is and you must put it somewhere else instead, then make sure that it is not in an exposed location like on an open wall. If you are going to place it on an exposed wall, make sure you sound proof it. If not, then get the clock off the walls and out of your bedroom altogether. There are many great options out there in the digital market that will not disturb you with noise or wake you up in the morning with a bell.