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Moving a Grandfather Clock

January 18th, 2016 10:40 pm by

Grandfather clocks cannot be moved safely unless they are dismantled and packed carefully and correctly. Due to the delicate nature of this procedure (and the number of parts involved), it is recommended that you have the clock professionally serviced before it is moved.

However, if you are up for the challenge, here is how it’s done:

1. Carefully remove all the weights one by one and pack them separately in bubble wrap or packing paper. Make sure you label the wrap/paper LEFT, RIGHT, and CENTRE after you pack them. Although the weights might look similar, they do not all weigh the same, so it is imperative for you to know where each weight should be placed when you put the clock back together.

2. Never leave any shelves or shelf parts inside of the grandfather clock. Remove them all very carefully. If your grandfather clock came with glass shelves remove them one by one. Pack them separately with bubble wrap or packing paper. Make sure you write FRAGILE/GLASS on the wrap/paper.

3. Always remove the pendulum and, if possible, pack it in the original box it came in. As you remove it, watch out for the suspension spring at the top of the pendulum. All the parts should be protected with bubble wrap or wrapping paper and placed in a small box that is labeled with its contents. If your clock door has a lock and key, it is a good idea to put the key in this box as well.

4. Remove the decorative spires on top of the clock if possible. Most of them are simple dowels and pop out. If you cannot remove them, make sure you are extra careful when wrapping the clock so you do not put too much pressure on them and break them off.

5. Once your clock is prepped, you can wrap it in a furniture blanket and tape it so that it does not get scratched or damaged. As an extra precaution, we recommend putting cardboard over the glass front and taping the cardboard to the furniture blanket and marking it GLASS.

6. When transporting the clock, make sure it is standing upright and secured by straps. If you transport it laying down, the glass becomes much more vulnerable and easier to break.

If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact us.