Taking a little break from personal finance and investing onto improving a different kind of asset – your home! If you own a home, and if you hate drilling holes as much as I do, you are gonna love this post!
There is something about defacing a freshly painted wall with a drill that puts me off! I would go to any lengths to avoid drilling. And I did. Made a trip to the nearest Home Depot.
What Type Of Wall Do You Have?
That’s the first thing you need to find out before anything! Though the guy at Home Depot was very helpful, I could read what his brain was screaming. Newbie Alert!!!
Why Does The Wall Type Matter?
Because depending on the wall, the hooks to secure your picture frame will change! You cannot use a hook meant for drywall on concrete and vice versa!
Walls can be of one these common types. Concrete/Brick, Drywall or Plaster. That would be the first thing you’ll have to find out. And they may not be the same throughout the house depending upon when that part of the house was built. Newer homes are built using Drywall. If your home was built during the 50s or prior it could be plaster.
It is not hard to tell if your wall is made of Brick or Concrete. They are hard! Bricks have a distinctive color and shape and feel. Hard to build but they last for a long time.
Most newer constructions use Drywall. They are light relatively easy to work with.
Home builders stopped using plaster around the ’50s. Though plaster is stronger than drywall, they are labor intensive.
To the untrained eye (aka newbies like me), both drywall and plaster look similar. You cannot mistake concrete or brick with either of these! Both plaster and drywall could look deceptively similar.
How To Tell The Difference Between Drywall And Plaster
The guy at the Home Depot said plaster feels cold! (He obviously doesn’t know my ex!) Cold as opposed to what I said to myself! The other test is to drill a hole and find out! Oh I hate catch-22s!
But here’s a reliable way to tell the difference between drywall and plaster. Take a push pin and try to push it with your hand into the wall. If you are able to push it in, the wall is most likely drywall if not it could be plaster. (I’m assuming you’ve ruled out concrete, stone, brick and wood – if you can’t tell the difference you’ve got a bigger problem than me!)
Hanging Light Weight Objects
Now that you’ve determined the type of wall, the next step is to find out the weight of the object you wish to hang.
If it is something really light weight (0.5lb to 5.0lb) you can use these removable hooks from 3M called Command Hooks. They work on a variety of surfaces and requires no drilling and very easy to install.
The best thing about these hooks is that you can also remove them without damaging your walls!
Hooks For Drywall
If you have drywall and the object you wish to hang is over 5 pounds, then the next best option to use Hercules Hooks. These are installed by pushing the hooks directly onto your drywall with your hands and require no tools. They make a pin-sized hole and you can hang upto 150 pounds!
Hooks For Plaster, Brick And Concrete
What about plaster? You can’t push Hercules hooks onto these with your bare hands! I found Ook’s hardwall picture hanging hooks the most effective. The idea is pretty innovative. These hooks have these tiny pins on the hooks that need to be tapped onto your hardwall with hammer. It requires very minimal effort and is quite secure. Holds objects weighing from 30 to 75 pounds.
UPDATE: IKEA sells a Picture Hook kit for a ridiculous $4.99 and the 116 assorted pack includes a hook similar to OOK hangers. I was at IKEA the other day and I was surprised to find this! Of course I bought it, but haven’t used it yet so can’t tell how well it holds up. But if you have an IKEA store nearby, check it out. The series is called FIXA, Article Number: 901.692.78. I’ve added a picture.
There you go! The internet’s easiest primer on hanging objects from your wall without drilling!