How to Pack a Grandfather Clock

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A grandfather clock, which is also called a long- or tall-case clock, is a timepiece that stands on the floor. It's a cabinet that measures six to eight feet tall. Inside the cabinet is the clock itself, complete with face, pendulum and weights. Because a grandfather clock contains delicate working parts. special care must be taken before you get ready to move it any distance.

Things You'll Need

  • Clock crank
  • Small plastic bags
  • Rubber bands
  • Pendulum packing box
  • Bubble wrap
  • Blankets
  • Open the cabinet of the grandfather clock and raise the weights with the crank.
    Place the crank into the hole on the face of the clock and turn it counter-clockwise. Move the weights up three-quarters of the way. The higher the chains are, the less they can swing around. Remove the crank and close the cabinet to pack the clock.

  • Put pieces of masking tape on each weight. Mark their locations--left, center and right--on the tape if they aren't already labeled by the manufacturer. After the move, the weights--the hour, time and chime--must be replaced in their exact positions for the grandfather clock to work properly.

  • Lift the weights up and off the chain. Place the chains in plastic bags and close them. Use rubber bands to attach the chains to the chimes. Wrap the weights in a towel to take along when you move the grandfather clock.

  • Remove the pendulum on the clock to pack it. Hold the guide while you raise the pendulum up. Remove the pendulum from its slot.

  • Place the pendulum into the original packing box if you have it. If not, carefully wrap the pendulum in bubble wrap to protect it during the move. Be careful not to bend it when you pack it.

  • Open a blanket and stuff it loosely inside the case of the grandfather clock. The blanket will help absorb vibrations.

  • Wrap the entire cabinet of the grandfather clock in blankets to pack it. Secure the blankets in place with duct tape or rubber straps. Then place the clock in a large packing box designed for the purpose.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't place the weights or pendulum inside the cabinet of the grandfather clock to pack it. They can damage the cabinet. Take these parts along separately.

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