Pianos, grandfather clocks, and playground equipment are awkward items to move. They are large and include many parts. Taking the time to properly pack these items will prevent damage especially when moving cross country and make the moving process a little easier.
How to Safely Move a Large Piano
Pianos are large and often valuable. When moving to a new home, you want to ensure that your precious piano arrives safely. While professional movers may be able to transport your piano, there are several tips for transporting it yourself.
You will need several items to safely transport a large piano. First, you will need blankets, sheets, or thick towels to cover the exterior of the piano. Use sturdy tape to secure the fabric to the sides and top of the piano. Along with attaching blankets or sheets to the piano, you can attach blankets to doorways and corners that you are worried may get damaged by the piano.
You may also want to place the piano on a piano skid. The piano skid, also called a piano moving board, provides a surface to set the piano on. The piano is secured to the board with straps. The board can then be rolled onto a dolly for easier transport.
Moving Playground Equipment
Children’s swimming pools, swing sets, and other playground equipment may need to make the move to your new home. If you want to transport these items, special steps are required.
Swing sets and other structures may need to be disassembled. Before you start taking everything apart, take photos from multiple angles. The photos are useful when you assemble the playground equipment in your new backyard, especially if you no longer have the assembly manual.
As you remove screws, nuts, and bolts, place them in plastic bags. You may also want to label parts, such as bars and poles, to remember how they connect. Use a piece of masking tape as a label and write the name of the part in black marker. When the entire structure is disassembled, bundle long parts together and pack them into your vehicle.
Packing Chandeliers and Delicate Lighting
Chandeliers and light fixtures with delicate features may easily break without proper packing. The first step is to turn off the electricity in the room where you hung the chandelier. Carefully remove the chandelier and pass it down to someone else.
Place the various screws, wires, and cables together in a bag. Remove the bulbs one at a time. If you still have the box that the bulbs came in, place them in the box. If you do not have the box, wrap the bulbs in packing paper and place in a small cardboard box.
Remove any parts of the chandelier that are easily disassembled with a screwdriver. These items should be wrapped individually and placed in a box separate from the bulbs.
Reinforce a large box with duct tape on the top and sides. Place a sheet of foam or bubble wrap on the bottom of the box and wrap another sheet around the outer edge of the chandelier. Carefully set the chandelier in the box and fill the remaining space with packing peanuts or additional bubble wrap.
Moving a Pool Table
Pool tables have more parts than a standard piece of furniture. Depending on the design of the table, you should be able to remove the pockets, the legs, and the rails, which are typically connected with bolts. If you want to prevent the rails from getting scratched, wrap each rail individually in bubble wrap and secure with tape.
If you decide to remove the felt, carefully remove the staples one at a time using a staple puller. If the felt is glued, you may carefully peel the glued edges away from the table. Roll the felt to prevent wrinkles. You can now remove the slate from the table.
The slate is heavy and screwed to the frame of the table. Place a blanket below the slate before setting the piece in your vehicle. You may also want to wrap the slate in a separate blanket to protect the surface. With these pieces removed, you should now have no problem transporting the frame of the table and assembling everything in your new home.
Transporting Grandfather Clocks
To move a grandfather clock, you need to disassemble a few parts. To remove the pendulum, hold it in the middle and slowly lift it to remove it from the spring. Wrap newspaper around the pendulum guide to keep it from moving and then wrap the pendulum in foam or bubble wrap.
If the clock uses a cable, place foam blocks above the pulleys. Lift the weights until the foam blocks are tight against the pulleys. If the clock uses a chain, lift the chains until the weights are in the middle and then wrap the chains with twist ties. You can now remove the weights and detach them from the pulleys.
If the clock movement and dial are not secure, you should carefully remove them and pack them in a box. The box should be padded and allow the clock movement to stand upright. The final pieces to remove are the glass shelves and any decorative pieces or ornaments.
With the pieces disassembled, place a sheet of cardboard on top of the front glass. Wrap the entire clock with bubble wrap. You may want to use several layers for more padding. You can now safely transport the clock and all its pieces.
Moving Large Statues and Art Installations
Statues and other large art installations may easily break if dropped during transport. These items are also often difficult to wrap and transport. If the statue is heavy, you may need to set it on a wooden pallet. For smaller statues, use a piece of wood slightly larger than the base.
With the statue on a wood board or wood pallet, begin wrapping any extruding parts with bubble wrap. You should then be able to wrap bubble wrap around the exterior of the statue. Use a dolly to carefully move the statue into the moving van.
These suggestions should help you safely transport your special items. When you have heavy objects or items that need to be disassembled, always use caution. Disassemble any pieces that can be removed and wrap parts in bubble wrap for added protection.