you own a larger clock, especially the tall-case variety,
otherwise known as a Grandfather Clock, you may have to move it
sometime in the future. If so, you need to follow these guidelines
so that your valuable heirloom doesn't get damaged in transit.
Before you move the clock, you have to prepare it for the move. Be
sure to do the following:
1. Using a
piece of masking tape, mark the weights as you remove them–left,
center, right–and wrap them separately to prevent scratching
and wrap the pendulum–you
neither want this part scratched nor bent.
3. Ideally, chain-driven
clocks should be halfway run down with equal lengths of chain on
each side. This way you improve the chance that the chain won’t
come off its sprocket. Tie off each set, then place the chains
in a old sock to keep them in position and to prevent scratching
or interference to the inside of the movement.
4. Cable-driven clocks are
better run completely down, this allows the cable to be
completely off the drum and will prevent them from tangling.
Wrap the cables loosely around a piece of cardboard with some
masking tape to hold them in place. Be careful not to kink the
5. Use a rubber band to
hold the hammers together, and a foam block to prevent the chime
rods from rattling. Remove and wrap tubular chimes to prevent
6. Remove any decorative
finials, door-lock key, and/or winding key and place them
carefully aside. You don’t want to get to your destination and
have to call a locksmith to open the door.
7. Once secured and
prepared, you can move your clock like any piece of fine
The above are only meant
as a guide, and your clock may need other items secured. You may
want to check with the manufacturer or a qualified repairman for
specific details unique to your model.