If you want to learn how to move a grandfather clock, follow these grandfather clock moving tips.  There are basically 2 areas to keep in mind when moving a grandfather clock:  the mechanical preparation and the cabinet move.

Mechanical preparation:

First, we’ll start with the mechanical preparation of the grandfather clock move because it is the first step in the progression.

Remove the pendulum at its top, lifting straight up to free it from the suspension system.  Wrap it up in some newsprint and sandwich it between 2 pieces of cardboard (like a tall thin mirror carton).  Make sure the cardboard is rigid enough to protect the pendulum from damage.  Next mark the weights with masking tape 1,2,3 or L,M,R to keep them in their proper order and wind the clock ¾ of the way up (if it’s a cable driven grandfather clock).  Then remove the weights and wrap them with newsprint and place them in a small box marking the box with its contents.  After each weight is removed take its cable and tape it to a piece of cardboard, cut to span across the back of the clock. This way the cables don’t get tangled etc.  Take the crank winding key and/or door lock key and tape them to a piece of cardboard that covers the top of the weights box. This way they can’t get lost or rattle loose as they will be the first thing you’ll see when you open the weights box.  Some people may tell you, you can leave the weights and pendulum inside the clock during a grandfather clock move-if you stuff the cabinet with a blanket or other form of packing material, but that is a really bad idea.

Now that the mechanical preparation of your grandfather clock is complete, we’ll cover the cabinet wrapping, and actual moving of a grandfather clock.

Cabinet Wrapping and Moving of a Grandfather clock:

If your grandfather clock has a hood that is removable take it off and pack it.  Also take off any decorative items that can be removed like finials, decorative pieces like antlers or figures, etc, and pack them in the same box marking the outside of the box with a list of its contents.  If there are any glass shelves or side panels that easily clip out remove them and wrap them with cardboard and stand them up for shipping (like a piece of artwork).  The idea is to make the grandfather clock move consist of boxes of “guts” and simple square cabinet to blanket wrap.  If there are any glass panels, doors, etc, that can’t be removed, take some cardboard to cover and overlap them.  Then tape the cardboard to the cabinet but invert or flip your tape over so it holds the cardboard on the clock but sticks to its self and no to the cabinets finish.  At this point blanket wrap and tape securely and the piece is ready to put on your truck.

Lastly, don’t move your grandfather clock on its side or face, move it on its feet just like it stands when it is working.  You just have to secure it to the wall of your truck or brace it in your load so it can’t move.  Too much jostling or movement is trouble during a grandfather clock move.  Once you get to your destination unpack your “guts” and cabinet pieces and reverse the order of disassembly to reassemble.  Complete the cabinet first and then reassemble the mechanical workings of the clock.  Many manufacturers feel that this point its good to have a technician come out and service your clock (kind of like tuning a piano) but that is up to you.  Following these moving tips will ensure your grandfather clock move is a success.

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  1. Removalists says

    Recently i moved my grandfathers clock and strangely i have done exactly these steps that you’ve just mentioned.

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