Proper materials are needed in order to safely transport a grandfather clock. Before moving the clock it is a good idea to measure the clock's weights. Knowing the weight of the clock will allow you to move it safely. Packing paper and bubble wrap are good materials to use when moving a grandfather clock. Grandfather clocks are among one of the heaviest articles of furniture. These clocks are often more valuable and fragile than other grandfather clocks.
Moving grandfather clock is something that must be handled with extreme care. The grandfather clock insides house a lot of fragile and delicate components, thus making a moving clock like this one of the more difficult things to move. Before touching the grandfather clock, you should remember that touching it with your bare hands could cause damage. The oils that are naturally present on the skin will tarnish the brass and glass pieces of the clock. Always wear gloves made of cotton when touching the internals of the clock.
Glass shelves should be removed and packed first. Pack each glass component separately. Even if they seem sturdy, they could be chipped or cracked during transport. Wrap glass items in thick packing materials. Mark the wrapped items as ‘fragile’. Cover fragile items with protective wrapping before placing them in the box. Wrap cardboard and bubble wrap between the hammers and bells. Install the foam blocks or cardboard above the pulleys between the clock cable.
This puts tension on the cables, keeping them out of the way. Remove the pendulum and weight with care. Take extra caution here. Be careful not to damage the spring or movement kit. Avoid leaving the weights inside of the clock, as they can move around and break the glass. Label each weight as left, center, or right, depending
Make sure there is enough padding between the chains and cables.If the cable weight is heavy, removing it may be a good option. This will prevent internal damage when the clock is moved. If they are not removed, they could become tangled during transport.
Cable and chain driven mechanisms are especially important to keep safe. Secure loose panels with painters tape to prevent them from swinging open during transport. Pack the pendulum along with the rest of the parts in the original box. Some clocks have removable hoods that can be taken off to prevent damage. With your moving clock, do not remove protective coverings throughout its movement.
A custom built padded crate is the best option when moving a grandfather clock. Moving blankets are less expensive and do not provide equal protection. Shipping specialists, or the appropriate professional moving company, can place valuable items in crates on site. They also help with insuring valuable items during transport. You can increase the protection of moving grandfather clocks.
To check if your grandfather clock is working well after your move, you may set it up and hear how it chimes. If it sounds as good as before, you know either you or your movers did a great job transporting it. Remember that a grandfather clock may not operate properly unless it is placed on a flat surface. Before winding the clock, ensure that all protective padding is removed from the internals of the clock. Also be sure that every component is properly attached in order to secure the chains, pulleys, or tensioners that ensure the proper operation of the timepiece.