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How to Move a Grandfather Clock (Part II)

Truck rental

If you’re thinking about transporting your grandfather clock to another home, you should have a vehicle big enough to hold it. Luckily, you won’t need a big moving truck. Truthfully, you could probably get away with renting a small box truck with a loading ramp.

Get help

Grandfather clocks weigh up to 200 pounds and necessitate special attention when moving them from point A to point B. While it’s possible to move a grandfather clock on your own, we suggest having at least one partner close by to aid with the heavy lifting. Be sure to ask any friends or loved ones as far in advance as possible. If you’re unable to get help, we suggest hiring hourly movers. These labor-only movers will come to your home and help with any heavy lifting.

Familiarize yourself with the grandfather clock

While there are various kinds of grandfather clocks out there, they all work in a similar way. The pendulum, a part that swings back and forth inside of the clock, is supported by the pendulum guide. Also, inside the body of the clock, you’ll find a set of hanging weights. These weights are supported by either cables or chains, which serve as pulleys. The top of the grandfather clock has glass side panels and a glass front panel.

Remove glass panels

Make sure the glass panels from your grandfather clock are handled with care.

Before transporting a grandfather clock, you must always disassemble the parts inside first. Don’t ever attempt to move a grandfather clock without taking it apart first. Put on your gloves and removing the clock’s front glass panels and side. These fragile panels should be carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and/or extra padding to stop them from breaking while transporting. Be sure they are packed inside of a moving box marked “fragile.”

How to Move a Grandfather Clock (Part I)

These antique clocks must be handled with care and here’s how to do it.

Not confident on how to transport a Grandfather Clock? Sometimes these decorative pendulum clocks are precious family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. Their sentimental value and vintage charm make grandfather clocks a real value in the eyes of their owners.

While we usually suggest using a specialty moving company to move this fragile and valuable antique, we know that not everyone has the money to do so. Luckily, transporting a grandfather clock on your own is possible with the help of a friend and the right tools.

In order to ship these heirlooms, a grandfather clock should be properly disassembled and packed with care. Moving these antiques is not a task that has to be rushed, so make sure to allow yourself at least 45 – 60 minutes.

While grandfather clocks differ depending on when and where they were constructed, every free-standing clock must have a pendulum, clock face, and several weights, not to mention a set of chains or cables to hang the weights inside of the tall clock. Below, we’ve included our guide for correctly disassembling and transporting a standard grandfather clock.

How to Move a Grandfather Clock 

Round up your tools and supplies

Start by collecting all needed moving tools and supplies. To be sure that your grandfather clock is moved with extreme care and attention, we suggest having a pair of gloves or a clean cloth for taking apart the parts. Also, you’ll need padding, moving blankets and bubble wrap to safeguard every part inside and outside of the grandfather clock.

Other must-have moving supplies include a dolly (which you can rent from your local hardware store), moving boxes to hold and transport the parts, and a huge crate or moving box to hold the outside of the grandfather clock.