HOW TO PROPERLY MOVE YOUR GRANDFATHER CLOCK
2008-02-26 03:25 PM
2008-02-26 03:25 PM
from 03:25 pm to 03:25 pm
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It is important to ensure that the accessory components of the clock are handled correctly during the move. On clocks that have weights & pendulums with finished brass, use soft gloves or cloth when handling these components. Please read this entire move instruction before attempting your move.
1. Stop and remove the pendulum from the clock.
2. If the clock has cable holding the weights, make a loose roll of newspaper about 2 inches in diameter and hold above the pulley as the weights are wound until they stop with the paper jammed above the pulleys. This procedure prevents the cable from tangling when the weights are removed.
3. For clocks with chains, raise the weights so the clock is about half wound (middle of the clock). Use a piece of thin wire to string the chains together just where the chains protrude below the movement and tie the wire together; this action will secure the chains so they do not come off their sprockets.
4. Remove the weights and mark them so they can be replaced to the same position on the clock for installation later. For clocks with chains, secure the chains so that they do not damage the finish.
5. For tubular movements, remove the tubes, and note their position for installation later.
6. Before moving the clock, ensure that the movement is mounted securely in the case. On some early English and American clocks, the movement just sets on two side-boards of the case. For these conditions, the movement should be removed from the case before moving the clock.
7. The clock can now be moved to a new location.
8. If the move is to another location a distance away, the case and movement should be professionally packed in a rigid container.
9. To install the clock in a new location, ensure that case will be positioned on a stable floor surface; carpets can be a problem if the case footing is not stable. The clock does not have to be absolutely perpendicular to the floor, but it needs to be stable and not rock. Some cases have leveling feet, or use a small shim to stabilize the case on the floor.
10. If the movement is out of the case, replace it in the same position it was before.
11. Attach the pendulum just as it was before.
12. Attach the weights in the same position as they were before the move. If a wire was used to secure the chains, remove it. If paper was used to hold the cables tight, remove it or just let the clock run for a day or so and it will fall out.
13. Simply start your pendulum swinging, and listen to the tick-tock sound. Move the top of the clock slightly to the right or left with shims under the feet to get the tick-tock sound balanced.
14. Your grandfather clock is now in beat and your move is complete.
15. Set the clock to the correct time and enjoy it.
16. If all this sounds too complicated, call me and I'll make the move for you!