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.”