Transporting a grandfather clock can be a challenging task, but with the right approach and some preparation, you can do it safely.
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Grandfather clocks are very expensive and quite difficult to move. If you want to transport a grandfather clock properly and do not cause any damage, you should carefully prepare it. Here the steps you need to follow to make the moving process easier.
Moving a grandfather clock requires specific moving supplies, packing materials and moving tools for safe shipping process:
You should start disassembling a grandfather clock by removing the components. Wear cotton gloves to remove the glass panels of the clock. These are fragile items and you should wrap them tightly with bubble wrap. You can add padding to prevent swelling while they travel. We recommend the moving box labeled “Fragile”.
Grandfather clocks can have chains or cables which need to be secured so they do not get tangled during the transportation. Reach inside your clock through access panels and stop the pendulum from swinging.
For the cable-driven clock mechanism:
Find at the top of the cable mechanism the pulleys.
Insert folded pieces of paper above each pulley.
Crate a barrier between the pulleys by placing the paper around the cables.
Wind the clock weights to the topof the cable mechanism.
The paper should be firmly pressed against each pulley, and the cables should remain tough when you try to remove a weight.
For the grandfather clock with chains:
Find at the top of the chain mechanism the sprockets.
Wind the weights to three-quarters of the way up(the higher position can damage the chains and sprockets).
To hold the chain in place, affix a cable tie below each sprocket.
Take the weights from the pulleys to gently unhook them. It is important to remember where each weight is placed for the reassembler as they have different weight and function. We recommend to label each weight with L, M and R. Weights are also delicate components and you should use either bubble wrap or a padded protective cloth for protection against corrosive metal parts. Place them in a padded moving bag.
The pendulum is attached to a pendulum guide located toward the top of the mechanism. Remove your pendulum carefully through the glass front door by unhooking it from the guide. The pendulum should be packed properly in bubble wrap and placed in a moving box. In addition, secure the pendulum guide by simply wrap it in several sheets of packing paper, and secure it with tape.
It is a good idea to secure the chime rods and the chime hammer. When the clock is being moved, there is certain vibration that can bring the damage to the chime and striking mechanism. If the chimes are not securely glued together use foam to hold it together to prevent any movement during transportation.
The hood is a part of a clock case and should be wrapped by using bubble wrap. Cover the clock face with a protective cover.
If your grandfather clock glass shelves and decorative elements, you should remove them. Wrap them separately in soft packing material and in bubble wrap to prevent their breakage. Ensure to remove ornaments (some elements come off quite easily, for other some force might be needed).
Try to stuff the moving box with with foam, bubble wrap orslack wrap peanut crumbs to provide additional support.
After the individual pieces are packed, it is time to pack clock case. The most secure way to transport the body is a grandfather clock moving box filled with bubble wrap. It is the same process if you want to ship grandfather clocks.
To get the large moving box with a grandfather clock onto the dolly, you will need assistance from a few helpers. Two people should tip the clock back, while another slides it onto the dolly in the upright position. Secure the clock to the dolly using moving straps. In this position, you can move the clock to the next room or into a moving truck.
The next step is to load the box with a grandfather clock to the truck. during this process, there is a higher risk for the clock damage.
To load the clock, slowly push it up the truck ramp, with two people pushing at the bottom and one person guiding it at the top.
When you arrange a truck, make sure the clock can be secured to the side of the truck with cables. Keep in mind that the most grandfather clocks are heavy and the box can fall when you take a turn in the truck.
It is the best to keep the clock in the upright position, especially if it is older clocks, a valuable clock or an antique clock. The newer grandfather clocks can lay flat during the transportation. Just remember that there is a higher risk to damage the mechanisms.
Once the clock arrived to the corresponding location, you will need to unload and reassemble the grandfather clock. You will need again the dolly and truck ramp to unload your grandfather clock from the truck. Move it to the right location inside the building and reassemble the individual pieces.
Professional moving firms are an excellent choice for moving a grandfather clock. The professional movers have experience to transport fragile and valuable items. Hiring a clock moving company might save you a lot of time and resources.
If it is possible, we recommend getting someone to do the moving process for you. It can especially be beneficial for grandfather clocks to be professionally removed.
Contact a few moving company in your area before you make any booking. Compare the given quotes and choose the acceptable for you.
Generally, depending on the clock size, age and value, it is worth between $300 and $1300 to ship your grandfather clock with standard shipping services.
The actual costs to hire a professional moving firm vary depending on the distance you need. Also, the price depends on the company you choose.
Across the Country. Moving costs average about $1250.
Long Distance. Moving costs an average of $48,893.
The cost of peer-to-peer delivery usually takes around $300-$900 to ship your grandfather clock.
Depending on your rental car, location and distance, your move costs may vary. The rate will vary according to vehicle size, fuel usage, transportation materials, and insurance. When you travel long distance, you may also have a higher rate of rent to leave a rental car in an entirely different city.
Based on these factors, the cost of renting a truck to move your grandfather clock can range from $50 to $200 or more per day, plus additional fees for mileage and insurance. You may also need to factor in the cost of gas and any other equipment you may need, such as a dolly or furniture pads.
Shipping a grandfather clock can be a daunting task, as it is fragile and susceptible to damage during transit. Below are some special considerations to keep in mind when shipping a grandfather clock.
Grandfather clocks weigh up to 300 pounds. The movement alone can cause injuries and damage the clock. For your protection, you should have a minimum of two people move the clocks according to the weight of each. They should be strong enough to move the dolly with a clock back in the truck. We suggest to get help from a shipping company.
Moving a grandfather clock may take longer than standard shipping due to the specialized handling and packaging required. Make sure to plan ahead and allow enough time for the clock to arrive at its destination.
It typically takes some hours to disassemble a grandfather's clock. Of course it depends on the person but on average it take between 2 and 3 hours. The transportation time depends on the distance. Moving locally will take less time than moving long distances.
Most grandfather clocks have a weight ranging from a 100 to 300 pounds.
It is best to have hands to help you moving a grandfather clock. It takes at least 2 people to move a clock but the optimal number of people will be 3. Avoid attempting to move your grandfather clock by yourself without having experience with heavy or fragile antique objects.
Never attempt to move a grandfather clock before first properly disassembling it.
Even tough with the correct equipment and the correct skills, it is possible to move the clock yourself; it is often worth hiring an expert mover for the proper handling and transportation of your grandfather clock.
Some components of a grandfather clock are small, fragile and can be easily damaged. You should always move the clock in a steady position.
You can transport a grandfather clock laying down only if is it completely and properly disassembled. The horizontal positioning increases the pressure of mechanism, glass and panels.
It is important to be very cautious while moving your grandfather clock. Some parts are small and can be easily lost. Missing screws are often an issues when moving a grandfather clock.
Packing pendulum is an important part of moving. A small pendulum can be secured to the back of the clock with packing tape. Large pendulums, you should carefully unhook and wrapped in soft material.
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