I am getting ready to move my mother's grandfather clock. It isn't
working now. Any advise on moving it? I assume I should remove all
weights and the pendulum and lay it on its back in the truck. All help
would be appreciated.
Remove the pendulum, remove the weights, then remove the clock works and
pack all of this stuff separately. When the movers relocated my mother's
grandfather clock they failed to do this. There is a little suspension
spring in her clock the size of a fingernail that the pendulum attaches to.
It broke from moving and the pendulum wouldn't swing. Fortunately we were
able to get it fixed.
you should remove the weights and pendulum, and lock the pendulum mount
(find some way to imobilize the arm the pendulum mounts to, so the clock
works don't run while its being moved.). If you want to be truly carefull,
remove the works fromt he case, and pack them separately. It shouldn't be
too hard to remove it - the works should be mounted on either a board or a
pair of boards or rails. A couple of screws should be all thats holding them
Alternately, if its not working now, the clockworks may be shot (or
maybe they just need cleaning). If they're shot, I wouldn't bother doing
anything except removing the pendulum and weights. Deal with fixing the
works after its moved tot henew place.
At present, the clock is not operating. My guess, without seeing it,
is that it needs a very good cleaning. I don't know if I'm comfortable
doing that but I've seen some very good posts here on that subject.
Thanks for the help. I think I'll remove the weights and pendulum and
then secure the pendulum bracket somehow just for added security.
Remove the weights and pendulum. Insure all the glass is secured and
supported. Personally, I would also remove the works and take them to a
repair shop, then reinstall them once you have the clock leveled in the
new location. Clock cleaning and repair requires special skills, tools,
and supplies that most of us don't have, so it can get expensive if you
try to do it yourself.
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remove the pendulum
remove the weights
remove the bonnet [pack separately]
secure the case and bonnet doors so they do not open in transit .
remove and pack carefully the mechanism making sure the anchor escapement is
not bent or damaged .
when it is time to reassemble it might be a good idea to take the mechamism
to a reputable clockmaker so that he can give it a good servicing and
replaces any worn bushes . that will ensure thatb the clock will survive to
the next generation.....mjh
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