How to Move a Grandfather Clock

Moving a grandfather clock can be daunting, but with the right preparation and techniques, it doesn't have to be. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCKⓇ, we recognize the sentimental and delicate nature of these timeless treasures. With our years of experience and expertise, we've mastered the art of moving even the most intricate items, including grandfather clocks.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll take you through each step of the process, ensuring that your beloved clock arrives at its new destination safe and sound. From carefully disassembling to expertly packing and transporting, we're here to help you move safely. Let's ensure that your grandfather clock continues to chime the hours in its new home just as beautifully as it did in the old one.

Equipment Needed

Gloves: Having a secure grip is essential when moving a delicate and heavy item like a grandfather clock. Gloves provide traction and protect your hands from rough surfaces, ensuring a firm hold on the clock without the risk of slipping.

● Moving Blankets or Bubble Wrap: Moving blankets or bubble wrap provide cushioning, protecting the clock from scratches, dents, and other damage during transport. They act as a barrier against any potential impacts or jostling inside the moving truck.

Dolly: Grandfather clocks are not only heavy but also have an awkward shape, making them challenging to move without the right equipment. A dolly provides leverage and support, allowing you to transport the clock more easily and safely. It helps distribute the weight evenly, reducing the risk of strain or damage to the clock and preventing accidents during the move.

● Straps: Securing the grandfather clock to the dolly and the moving truck is crucial for its safe transport. Straps keep the clock stable during transit, preventing it from shifting or falling over.

● Moving Box: Smaller parts of the grandfather clock, such as the pendulum and weights, require extra protection during the move. A sturdy moving box provides a safe and secure container for these parts, preventing them from getting lost or damaged. Wrapping them in bubble wrap or moving blankets before packing them further ensures they remain intact throughout the journey.

● Screwdriver, Wrench, or Pliers: Grandfather clocks often have detachable parts, such as the pendulum and weights, that need to be removed before the clock can be safely transported. A screwdriver, wrench, or pliers are essential tools for detaching these components securely.

Steps to Moving a Grandfather Clock

Below, we outline each step for safely moving your cherished grandfather clock. We recommend following these steps carefully to ensure a safe and successful move.

1. Preparation

Before moving the grandfather clock, ensure that all removable parts, such as the pendulum, weights, and chimes, are carefully removed and securely packed. To remove the pendulum, locate the suspension spring that holds the pendulum in place (at the top of the movement) and release the spring; and to remove the weights, lift each weight (usually labeled left, center, right) slightly to remove it from the hooks or chains holding it in place. Use bubble wrap or padding to protect these delicate components during transit.

2. Measure Doorways, Halls, and the Grandfather Clock

Measure doorways, hallways, and the dimensions of the grandfather clock to ensure it will fit through narrower passages during the move.

3. Secure the Case

Secure the case of the grandfather clock by locking or fastening any doors or access panels. This will prevent the case from opening during transport and protect the internal mechanisms of the clock.

4. Wrap the Clock

Carefully wrap the entire clock with moving blankets or bubble wrap. Ensure that all sides and corners are covered to provide maximum protection against scratches and other damages.

5. Use the Dolly

Move the wrapped grandfather clock using a sturdy dolly equipped with straps. Position the dolly securely underneath the clock and fasten the straps tightly to prevent shifting or falling during transit.

6. Load into the Moving Truck

With the assistance of a friend, carefully load the grandfather clock onto the moving truck. Place it upright against a secure wall or designated area to minimize movement during transportation.

7. Secure the Clock

Inside the truck, use additional padding or moving blankets to secure the clock further. Surround it with soft materials to cushion any impact and prevent tipping over or sliding during transit.

8. Drive with Caution

During transportation, drive cautiously, avoiding sudden stops or sharp turns that could jolt the clock and cause damage.

9. Unload and Reassemble

Upon arrival at your destination, carefully unload the clock using the dolly and straps. Unwrap it and reassemble any removed parts following the manufacturer's instructions.

10. Position in Place

Finally, position the grandfather clock in your preferred location in the new space. Use a level to ensure stability and proper alignment

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While moving yourself may seem less expensive... the costs add up.

Do-It-Yourself Moving Costs:

  • Truck Rental
  • Mileage
  • Fuel Charge
  • Additional Insurance
  • Equipment Rental
    (straps, rope, furniture pads, bungee cords, stretch wrap, dollies, etc.)
  • Time
  • Boxes & Packing Supplies
  • Possible Damages
    (belongings, relationships, & injuries)
  • Recruiting Friends to Help
  • Food & Beverages
  • Chiropractor Visits
  • Packing a Truck
  • Learning How to Maneuver a Moving Truck
  • Broken Promises


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