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Moving a Grandfather Clock

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To ensure safety of the grandfather clock you must secure all accessory components, pack and crate clock and all of its parts, and finally correctly handle it during the move. Movers must use soft gloves or cloth when managing components of the clocks with weights and pendulums with finished bass. We have provided very detailed instructions on how to properly move a grandfather clock.

1. Begin by stopping and removing the pendulum from clock.

2. For the clocks with cable holding the weights – make a loose roll of packing paper approximately 2” in diameter. Hold it above the pulley while the weights are being wound until they stop with the roll of paper jamming system over the pulleys. By completing this procedure you have prevented the cable from tangling while the weights were being removed.

3. For the clocks with chains - raise the weights to the position at which the clock is wound half way, or middle of the clock. A thin wire or string can be used to string the chains together just where they protrude below the movement. Tie the wire together; this will secure the chains in one place and will not allow them to come off their sprockets.

4. Remove and mark the weights so they can be reattached to the exact same position on the clock for re-installation later. For clocks with chains, chains must be secured safely to avoid any damage to the finish.

5. For tubular movements, the tubes must be removed, mark their position for re-installation.

6. Prior to moving the clock - movement must be mounted securely in the case. For some early American and English clocks in which the movement just sets on two side-boards of the case, the movement must be removed from the case.

7. The case and movement must be professionally packed or crated in a solid wooden container.

8. Installation of the clock at the new location – position the case on the flat, solid and stable floor surface; carpets may present a problem if the footing of the case is not completely stable. It is not necessary for the case to be accurately perpendicular to the floor, it must be stable and not rock. Leveling feet are common to some of the bases, and some use small shim to prevent rocking and ensure complete stability of the clock’s base on the floor.

9. If the movement is out of the case, replace it in the same marked position it was in before.

10. Re-attach the pendulum just as was before.

11. Place the weights in the exact position they were before the move. Remove the wire that was used to secure the chains. Remove paper that was used to hold the cables tight or you can just let the clock run until it will fall out.

12. Finish installation by simply swinging your pendulum. Listen to the sound of the cock’s tick tock. Adjust the top of the clock by moving it slightly to the right or left with shims under the feet to get the tick-tock sound balanced out.