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Why You Should be Careful When Moving a Grandfather Clock

Around the House | February 28, 2018

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Grandfather clocks are often passed from generation to generation. The intricate details in these clocks make them a valuable and welcome addition to any home. Whether your grandfather clock is valuable sentimentally or monetarily, protecting it during a move is of the highest priority.

Before you move your grandfather clock, it is essential to know the steps required to move a clock, as well as understand the dangers of moving it incorrectly. In this post, we will highlight some grandfather clock basics and why it is important to properly move your grandfather clock.

History of the Grandfather Clock

While many people assume the grandfather clock got its name because it’s often found in many grandparent’s homes, the grandfather clock actually got its name from a song. As the story goes, a songwriter named Henry Work checked into a hotel that had large clock inside. When Work realized the clock no longer worked, he inquired about the story behind the clock. He learned that was said to have stopped at the exact minute on the day it’s previous owner had died. Henry Work liked the story so much that he wrote a song called “My Grandfather’s Clock” after the clock.

The Dangers of Moving a Grandfather Clock on Your Own

Even if you are only moving your grandfather clock a few feet across the floor, never move your grandfather clock with the weights and pendulum attached. This can damage the movement kit on the clock or cause the pendulum to break. If the pendulum breaks, the weights may swing and damage or break the glass case. Damage to the movement kit is very common when moving a grandfather clock.

Consider Hiring a Grandfather Clock Mover

Because of the way grandfather clocks are built, they are extremely fragile. If your grandfather clock is an older clock, it’s probably even more fragile. If you are looking to move your grandfather clock, before you touch it, it is important to know how to move it. If you do not have experience with moving grandfather clocks, consider hiring someone who does. If your grandfather clock gets damaged during the move, you’ll be paying far more money to get it fixed than it would cost to hire a grandfather clock mover.

ezStorage is Here to Help with Your Move

We strive to offer you helpful resources for a successful move. Now that you understand the dangers involved in improperly moving your grandfather clock, you’re probably wondering what the best steps are for moving one. Keep an eye out for our post next month where we will cover the best tips for moving your grandfather clock. Are you interested in learning more about hard to move items? Contact us today!

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