Moving into a new apartment or a new house, one of the tasks we face is hanging of things like frames, pictures, clocks, etc.
Materials that weigh over 9.1 KG are considered to be too heavy for hanging on the wall without adequate reinforcement.
In my own case, when I moved into my new apartment, I found it difficult to hang one of my picture artworks as it weighed 10 KG because of the heavy frame used.
I didn’t have any experience or clue on what to do, so I decide to hang it the normal way which involves using just nails and hammer.
After about 2 weeks of moving in, I came back home after the days’ work only to find my cherished artwork shattered on the floor.
It was really a bad experience. After my investigations on why the artwork fell down, I discovered that the area of the wall which I hung the artwork was not adequately fortified.
The nail I used was not help firmly to the wall which made it lose, therefore leading to the crash down of my precious work.
In my quest for finding a lasting solution, I came up with the following steps to hang heavy stuff on the wall.
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Know the Type of Wall You Have
This is a very important step. Older walls from the 1940s usually have plaster walls which cannot support heavy weights. Modern building normally has dry walls which supports heavy weights.
Having good knowledge of the type of wall you have will help you know the right hardware to use for both the wall and the frame.
Decide Where to Hang Your Stuff
The second step is to decide where to hang your stuff. Do a quick survey, and find the right spot where you want to hang your stuff for proper view and lighting. Consider hanging your stuff at eye level, and mark off the chosen spot with a pencil or marker.
Mark off Where You will Drill or Nail your Wall Fastener
Using a measuring tape, measure where you are hanging the stuff from. Depending on what you are hanging, the measurements can differ.
If the material to be hung has a D-ring or any other metal loop, just measure from the top to the height of the ring. However, if it has a wire across the back, pull the wire with the tape to its highest point.
Add a Second Hanging point
To add enough strength, it is advisable to hang the material from two points in the wall. This will give adequate support for the heavy stuff.
Dry walls usually have a stud or a support brace made from wood, about every 16 inches. You can easily find these studs by using a stud finder or by tapping the wall to get a solid instead of a hollow. You can also decide to use a toggle bolt to provide heavyweight support.
Also, note that in a situation where your stuff does not have a hardware behind it, you can opt to use Command Strips which are very strong and don’t damage the wall. If you are using a nail, put a fork on the nail, then hang your stuff, then remove the fork.