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Want to move a Grandfather Clock ? Here's HOW!

If you believe you'll be able to simply load your grandfather clock onto a dolly and roll it to the moving truck, you might be surprised when you unload it.


According to Howard Miller Company, the world's largest grandfather clock manufacturer, while transferring a grandfather clock, all accessory pieces must be removed and packaged carefully to avoid damaging the clock.



Disassemble the Clock


  • Remove the weights, pendulum, and any side panels that can be removed.

  • Place the chains and cables in a plastic bag. To retain the chains within the bag, tightly wrap a rubber band or some tape around the top of the bag.

  • Then, using a strip of painter's tape, secure the bag to the case's back. You'll want to maintain the chain or cable tight on the gear during transport so it doesn't come loose.

  • If your clock contains chime rods, punch a hole in a piece of cardboard. Slide the cardboard up until you reach the next longest chime rod, then put the longest chime rod through the first hole.

  • Punch another hole for that rod and continue until all the rods are separated in their own hole. Take another piece of painter’s tape and secure that cardboard to the back of the case. This secures the chime rods so they don’t vibrate against each other and break. The clock may be placed on its back or moved upright once these steps have been taken.


When handling the pendulums or weights, Howard Miller Company recommends wearing cotton gloves or wiping them with a soft towel.


It's Not a Good Idea to Try It Alone


According to Greg Burton, general manager of Frankenmuth Clock Company, a large tubular clock can weigh 200-300 pounds. Some grandfather clocks can be several hundred pounds in weight.


"Depending on the weight of the clock, we always employ at least two people," Burton explains. "Have one person manually pick up the clock at the top and one person manually pick up the clock at the bottom.


Avoid Making These Errors

  • Making a mistake with the weights. According to Burton, mixing up the weights is a regular moving blunder. There are three weights on a grandfather clock: one for the left, one for the centre, and one for the right, which is usually the heaviest.

  • The weights are sometimes marked on the bottom. The clock will not function properly if the weight arrangement is incorrect, and the chimes may not work at all or sound too slowly.

  • I'm not going to let the clock run out. Remove the weights before winding the clock all the way up. "Let it run for two or three days before removing the weights," Burton advises.

  • Failure to safeguard the chime rods. Burton suggests wrapping the chime rods in a cloth. "They can snap if there is vibration."


These are some of the common to-do's and know-hows when dealing with GrandFather Clocks. Although they all have the same general purpose and the insides often look the same, never assume that all GrandFather Clocks have the same method of disassembly and moving strategy.


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