Hanging from a Thin Wall


Old 09-29-06, 04:56 AM
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Hanging from a Thin Wall

I am living in an apartment. The walls themselves are somewhat thin. If I try to hit a nail into the wall, it will go in, but once I hang anything from that nail, it tears from the wall. I'd like to hang a framed poster from this wall. Are there special mounts I can use that will work on a thinner, more delicate wall? Should I drill instead of using a hammer? Any advice would be extremely helpful. Thanks so much!
Old 09-29-06, 06:29 AM
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They are probably 1/2" sheetrock walls. Nails and screws will hold light weight items on the wall but anything with weight should be secured to a stud. Studs are generally on 16" centers but occasionally they are 24" apart.

When you need to hang something between studs you can use a toggle bolt or a plastic insert [forgot what they are called ] that you insert in the wall and then a screw goes into it.
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The 3M company has a line of adhesive hooks under the name "Command Adhesive Hooks"
They stick to the wall and are removable
They come in many different flavors and do have hooks for pictures

You can try the DIY store (http://www.doityourself.com/icat/adhesivehooks) or your local hardware or home center
Maybe even drug store or discount mart
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The best product I've used to hang things on drywall is EZ Ancor. These are great for hanging things where there are no studs available and are very solid.
You can find more info at http://www.itwbuildex.com/ezprod.htm

Hope that helps
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ez anchors ar good but they leave a big hole

these work well and onlty leave a hole the size of a pencil lead

I bought a pack at home depot for around 5.00

Old 10-01-06, 07:41 PM
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I like the ez anchors which will hold 90 lbs. vertical weight, and patch the holes when necessary, so Mango Man, explain exactly how these monkey hooks work. They look like a #0 bass hook on steroids, but can't figure where to hook the line for a Carolina rig.
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the home page here


has more detail .

ez anchors here rate at 30-50 lbs not 90


so the monkey hook holds about the same weight .

the op wants to hang a poster , monkey hook gives him hook to hang the poster on , ez anchor gives you a screw head .

I would still use the ez for actually attaching a item where the screw will go though and securly hold the item

for a item that will hang the monky hook is the way to go .

both about the same price

"Carolina rig." ???

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