How To Move A Grandfather Clock: A Step-By-Step Guide To Safe Relocation


Tick-tock, tick-tock! Your precious grandfather clock is a symbol of timeless elegance, a family heirloom that has stood the test of time. But now, you face the daunting task of moving it to a new location. Fear not, clock aficionados! In this fun and engaging blog, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of safely relocating your treasured timepiece, ensuring it remains in perfect working order.

  1. Preparation
    First things first: gather the necessary tools and materials. You'll need:
  • Soft cloth or gloves to protect the clock's delicate finish
  • Bubble wrap, packing paper, or moving blankets
  • Packing tape
  • Sturdy cardboard boxes
  • A dolly or hand truck
  • A screwdriver, wrench, or pliers
  • Ziplock bags or containers for small parts
  • A friend or two for assistance
  1. Secure the Pendulum and Weights
    Before you start, remove the pendulum and weights to prevent any damage during the move. Follow these steps:
  • Gently stop the pendulum from swinging.
  • Use a soft cloth or gloves to carefully remove the pendulum and weights.
  • Wrap each item separately in bubble wrap, packing paper, or moving blankets.
  • Label each weight with its corresponding position (left, center, right) to ensure proper reassembly later.
  • Place the wrapped items in a labeled box, and secure them with packing tape.
  1. Secure the Clock Mechanism
    To prevent any internal damage, follow these steps:
  • If your clock has a cable-driven mechanism, secure the cables to prevent them from tangling. You can use twist ties or cable ties to do this.
  • If your clock has a chain-driven mechanism, carefully lift the chains off the sprockets and place them inside a small container or Ziplock bag.
  1. Wrap and Protect the Clock Case
    Now, it's time to protect the exterior of your clock:
  • Close and lock the clock's door.
  • Wrap the entire case in bubble wrap, packing paper, or moving blankets. Secure the wrapping with packing tape.
  1. Moving the Clock
    With everything secured, it's time to move your precious timepiece:
  • Get a friend or two to help you with this step, as grandfather clocks can be heavy and unwieldy.
  • Carefully lift the clock and place it onto a dolly or hand truck, making sure it's well-balanced and secure.
  • Move the clock to its new location, taking care to avoid any bumps, sharp turns, or sudden movements.
  1. Reassemble and Set Up
    Once you've reached your destination, it's time to reassemble and set up your clock:
  • Unwrap the clock case and place it in its new location.
  • Reattach the pendulum, and weights, following the labels you made earlier.
  • Adjust the clock's leveling feet to ensure it's standing straight and stable.
  1. Restart and Adjust the Clock
    Now that your grandfather clock is reassembled and in its new location, it's time to get it ticking again:
  • Gently start the pendulum swinging.
  • Set the time on the clock face by slowly moving the minute hand clockwise.
  • Allow the clock to run for a few hours, listening for any irregularities in the ticking or chiming.
  1. Fine-Tune the Timekeeping
    To ensure your grandfather clock keeps accurate time in its new location, you may need to make some minor adjustments:
  • Monitor the clock's timekeeping over a day or two. Note any discrepancies between the grandfather clock and an accurate time source (e.g., your phone or a radio-controlled clock).
  • If your clock is running too fast or too slow, adjust the pendulum's rate by gently turning the nut at the bottom of the pendulum rod. Turning it clockwise will make the clock run faster, while turning it counterclockwise will slow it down.
  • Repeat this process until your clock is keeping accurate time.
  1. Enjoy Your Relocated Grandfather Clock
    Congratulations! Your treasured grandfather clock is now safely settled in its new home, ticking away the hours and filling your space with its soothing chimes. With proper care and maintenance, your timeless timepiece will continue to enchant and delight for generations to come.

In Summary

Moving a grandfather clock can be a challenging task, but with careful preparation, attention to detail, and a bit of patience, you can successfully relocate your cherished heirloom. Follow our step-by-step guide to ensure your clock's safe journey, and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. Happy ticking!

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1 comment

Amy Yates

Amy Yates

When transporting a tall stand grandfather clock—stand or lay down? I bought one in NC and will moving it to Naples Fl

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