Created on Monday, 13 October 2014 07:16
Properly moving your grandfather clock – The “How to” Guide
Your grandfather clock is important to you;it has either been
passed down from generations past or has a story behind its meaning
to you and your family. Moving your grandfather clock safely can be a challenge.
Below are some simple steps to follow to ensure a safe move for this priceless item.
Begin by removing the weights and pendulums. If they have a brass finish,
be sure to wear soft gloves to prevent damage. If your grandfather clock has
chains holding the weights, raise the weights to make the clock about half wound.
Then use a thin but strong piece of wire to string the chains together, just below
where the wires protrude below the movement seat-board, and then tie the wire
together. This will secure the chains from moving and causing damage to the
finish during the move.Remove the weights. Mark where they were so they
can be replaced in the same position later.Remove the tubes and note the position
for replacement later. This is for tubular movements. Prior to attempting to move the clock, ensure
that the movement is mounted securely in the case. When moving the clock to another location or home,
it should be professionally packed in a rigid container and each weight and pendulum packed in separate secure
boxes with proper packing blankets inside to ensure no damages occur. After the move, replace all weights,
pendulums, tubular chimes,etc. as they were when you removed them in the first location.Be sure to set clock
on a solid, stable, flat surface.
Finally, wind the clock to the correct time and enjoy.While this may seem complicated and time consuming,
these steps will ensure that your priceless grandfather clock will be moved unharmed and be ready
for use in your new home.