Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Secure Chains for Shipping

I've had some questions on the best way to ship cuckoo clocks. Besides making sure you have enough soft packaging (you should have at least 4 inches of bubble wrap in all directions) you'll want to make sure all of the dangly parts are secure.

As I mentioned in a previous post, you'll want to wind your clock first and remove the weights before taking it off of the wall. This will leave only the winding side free. You can wrap these loose chains around the bottom of the clock.

In order to keep them in place, stick a rubber band through the rings and hook them onto the clock.

It's also very very important to remove the weights and pendulum from their hooks and wrap these separately - perhaps even in a separate box. If the weights aren't tightly packed away from the clock they will become like missiles when the box is in motion. When they come loose they can very easily rip large chunks out of you precious clock's beautiful facade.

-Make sure the weights can't move!-

Also, be sure to remove any other easily-removable parts, such as the top piece and antlers, deer head, etc. You can wrap all of these separately. If you are sending the clock anywhere for a repair, the repairman will not need these decorative items. They may not even need the pendulum and weights - it's best to ask first.

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