Grandfather clocks should be very precious and expensive, because sometimes they could the priceless family heirlooms. Therefore a special care should be given when you deal with a grandfather clock so as to make sure that it won’t be damaged in a move. In some cases, the homeowners would prefer to hiring professional movers to manage the work. However, if you would like to do the task by yourself, the following tips would be helpful in one way or another in terms of care and safety .
When in a move, you should be very careful about the pendulum to ensure it would be undamaged, because it is the swinging arm to keep the clock in time. Some people would make the pendulum and weights left as before in the cabinet and pad them with blankets, but it is the wrong way to do with it, for the pendulum spring at the top of the pendulum rod could be broken. It is strongly suggested that you should remove the pendulum from the clock’s cabinet by lifting it straight up, you could do it without any hardware, because it usually hangs on a hook-type mechanism. If you still keep the original box for pendulum, you had better put the pendulum in it, otherwise it is necessary to have a cardboard box to fit the pendulum. First, you should line the box with styrofoam or bubble paper to create a protective pad for the pendulum and then wrap it in newspaper. Finally put the pendulum into the box and secure the box with tape to make sure no contents would spill.
Moving the weights could be disastrous if you could not remember exactly their original place in the clock. There are three weights which are very similar in size, so you would be easily confused about them. To tackle such problem, you should label each weight with a piece of masking tape. It is kindly recommended that the letters L, M, and R should be used to show the left, middle and right positions on the clock. Please not label with numbers, because you might not remember which direction they should go. If you grandfather clock is equipped with a cable-driven wind the crank counterclockwise 3/4 of turn and remove the weights. By doing so, it is helpful in keeping the lines around the barrels from unraveling. Before you put each weight into a box padded with bubble wrap, you should wrap them in newspaper and secure the box with tape. The next step is to remove each of the cables that suspend the weights and tape them to a piece of sturdy cardboard to avoid tangling.
3. Wrapping the Clock
You should check for any other parts that could be removed and pack them away in a box with bubble wrap. It is kindly advised that you should take off the hood, decorative pieces and shelves so as to make the clock lighter for your move. When you wrap the entire clock, you should give it a special care. Use protective wrap to cover the glass components. In order to pad the interior, you should stuff a moving blanket or two inside the clock cabinet. Then wrap the glass components with bubble wrap and secure with tape. It is quite important the tape should just touch the bubbles, for should avoid the adhesive to damage the clock’s finish. As a last step, you could now wrap the body of the clock in a large moving blanket and secure with moving straps or duct tape. If all are tightly and securely wrapped, you would not be worried about scratches, even if the clock is bumped during the move.
When you move the clock from your house to the moving truck, you had better use e a furniture dolly, as same with taking it from the moving truck to your new home. If you want to carry it by hand, you would face risk of dropping and breaking the clock. So you should place the clock to a furniture dolly securely with crank-adjustable moving straps so as to keep it from sliding off during the transport. To purchase these straps, you could go and find them at any hardware or home improvement section. If it is a raining day when you move, you should throw a tarp or sheet of plastic over the clock to avoid water damage. It is vital that you should always ensure the clock to stand upright as it would when on display. After putting it onto the moving truck, you should secure it to the wall with moving straps or wedge it between other pieces of furniture. Usually the moving trucks should get a metal band with holes to make you capable of strapping things down.