How to move a clock ?

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How to move a clock ?

Post by Dallas Landers » Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:35 am

I know there are some clock experts here. My wife has inherited her grandmothers grandfather clock. Not extremly old but I need to bring it home. Do I need to remove weights, keep upright ect...
I do not want to damage anything. Thank you.


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Re: How to move a clock ?

Post by fliverfan » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:05 am

I'm not an "expert" but this is how I've successfully moved a few.
The weights and the pendulum (and chimes tubes if applicable) should be removed (wear cheap white gloves) and wrapped in towels.
If chain driven, the chains can be tie-wrapped tight under the seat board to keep them from falling off the sprockets. If cable driven, install an eye screw in the bottom the case (might be one already there) and tie them off snug with some string to keep them in place.
Finals and bonnets should also be removed and stowed.
With chime/strike rods, place rags or some Styrofoam between them and the hammers and between each other.
Professional movers usually ship upright but they're equipped to do it safely. I've never had any problem with them lying flat on their back but never had to go more than 30 miles. Good luck!

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Re: How to move a clock ?

Post by BobD » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:49 am

All of the above excellent suggestions. Be especially careful with pendulum removal and reinstallation so as not to damage the pendulum suspension spring. They can be easily damaged. Make sure the suspension spring is protected during the move.


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Re: How to move a clock ?

Post by Dallas Landers » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:07 pm

Thank you gents!


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Re: How to move a clock ?

Post by Burger in Spokane » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:57 pm

If at all possible, ship upright. Remove pendulum and weights, if this does not cause
tangling issues. Taping, zip ties, and stuffing can be useful to safely controlling the
swinging parts from damaging themselves or nearby parts. The kicker is, you want to
freeze everything as it would normally hang there, during the move. How you achieve
that end can take many paths. Bottom line, swinging parts beat each other up. Getting
them tangled is bad. Keep that from happening, you are good to go !
More people are doing it today than ever before !

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Re: How to move a clock ?

Post by perry kete » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:16 am

Tell the darn clock to move itself! It has it's own hands! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: How to move a clock ?

Post by Charlie B in N.J. » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:02 am

But no feet. what do you expect it to do ? Crawl ?
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Re: How to move a clock ?

Post by Dallas Landers » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:10 pm

I wish it would walk. Running is dangerous! :D

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Re: How to move a clock ?

Post by perry kete » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:27 am

A clock isn't any good if it isn't running!

Yes it can walk on it's hands and not crawl.

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