38 responses

  1. optionsdude
    May 7, 2011

    I love those Hercules hooks. I use them a lot in the kids’ rooms since they like to hang things and change the look reasonably often. It is a lot easier than drilling holes and the mini hole in drywall will cover with a little paint.

    • moneycone
      May 8, 2011

      They are pretty cool! I’m surprised at the ingenuity of these hooks!

    • Maggie@SquarePennies
      June 25, 2011

      I forgot about Hercules hooks! I definitely need to be using these as my husband really hates nail holes. Love it that the holes can be covered with just a bit of paint!

  2. DIY Investor
    May 7, 2011

    Great pointers. I’ll pass them on to my wife. Reminded me of graduate housing where the apartments were so old you’d drill a hole to put up curtain brackets and half the wall would come down.

    • moneycone
      May 8, 2011

      During my apartment days the manager wouldn’t let me drill anywhere! May be this is why!

  3. Jackie
    May 7, 2011

    I love the hercules hooks. We use them all through the house for hanging a variety of objects. I haven’t tried the command hooks yet. I may have to try those for some of our lighter objects like the family calendar.

    • moneycone
      May 8, 2011

      For drywall, Hercules hooks are the best!

  4. retirebyforty
    May 8, 2011

    I have to check out those hooks for concrete. I haven’t seen them before and that’s what we need.

    • moneycone
      May 8, 2011

      Ooks work great on concrete! I put up a mirror with ease – the tough part was getting two hooks aligned!

  5. Dave@50plusfinance
    May 8, 2011

    I just hung some pictures over at my Dad’s house yesterday. We used those Hercules hooks, popular device! I measured from the ceiling down to to get the same height on 2 pictures and they were still not level. Found out later, their was a 1 inch difference in floor to ceiling height on the same wall, Arrggh.

    • moneycone
      May 8, 2011

      Been there!! Rare occasion where eyeballing works better than laser levels!

  6. 101 Centavos
    May 8, 2011

    Nice post, MC. I hadn’t heard of Hercules hooks.

    Sometimes, simple nails will do for light objects, as long as they’re driven at a 45 degree angle. I have my knife collection hung up on my study wall with nails and fishing line.

    • moneycone
      May 8, 2011

      Looking at the comments, looks like Hercules is quite popular! Nice tip on driving a nail at 45 degree angle!

  7. everyday tips
    May 8, 2011

    I was just thinking about how I need to hang some mirrors about half an hour ago- what a timely post.

    I want some Hercules hooks. I think I saw an ad for them awhile ago, and then totally forgot about them. It is great to know that they work so well.

    Thanks for writing a post that applied directly to me! :)

    • moneycone
      May 8, 2011

      You’re welcome ET!

  8. Dana
    May 8, 2011

    Another vote for the Hercules hooks. My kids are always redecorating their rooms so this helps out a lot in that process!

    • moneycone
      May 8, 2011

      Sadly Hercules hooks don’t work on plaster (majority of my house is plaster with extensions built with drywall). But these are great on drywall!

  9. Little House
    May 9, 2011

    My husband is the master of hanging things, however his method requires drilling holes. Through his experience, he’s found that drilling the hole first is key (not so messy), then using drywall anchors per the weight of the object. The drywall anchors get pounded in flush with the wall, so repairing the holes is much easier with a little putty and some paint. ;)

    • moneycone
      May 10, 2011

      I have some putty handy in case I mess up! For installing larger objects like furniture, you have to drill – no way around it!

  10. Justin @ MoneyIsTheRoot
    May 10, 2011

    I discovered those 3M strips a couple years ago when I moved into a rental home. Yes they work well, but they will tear the paint off when you remove them. Also, at some point they will fall. Mine lasted maybe 10 months, and there went some valuable pictures smashing to the hardwood floor…be careful!

    • moneycone
      May 10, 2011

      Thanks for the warning Justin! I’ll be careful not to hang anything valuable. Right now only my keys!

  11. Suba
    May 10, 2011

    I love the hercules hooks. I saw them in one of the late night tv commercials. First it took a couple of tries to get it in with least damage (I am slow :) ) now they worth great!

    • moneycone
      May 10, 2011

      There are different brands now. But I think these guys got the patent on this. Works pretty neat!

  12. Buck Inspire
    May 10, 2011

    MC knows home improvement, too? What don’t you know? Looks like Hercules hooks, here I come. You may need to work out a sponsorship deal with them!

    • moneycone
      May 10, 2011

      Hehe! Home improvement isn’t my cuppa’ tea Buck!

  13. Spruce Up Your Finances
    May 10, 2011

    Thanks for the tip. I can use a few of those at home!

    • MoneyCone
      May 11, 2011

      Glad you liked it!

  14. Untemplater
    May 11, 2011

    Interesting, don’t think I’ve ever seen Hercules hooks before. I’m mostly a hammer and nail kinda gal for hanging pictures and light weight decorations. Living in earthquake country we’re supposed to bolt everything to the walls, especially the heavy stuff, but I haven’t been very good about that.

    • MoneyCone
      May 11, 2011

      I prefer things to be that simple but the thought of objects falling on me isn’t very thrilling! :)

  15. Squirrelers
    May 11, 2011

    Thanks for the tip – I’ll have to consider the Hercules hooks for when I hang some photos….which I’m overdue to do.

  16. Ginny
    May 12, 2011

    Any ideas how I can hang picture frames on a brick wall without drilling holes?

    • moneycone
      May 12, 2011

      Use the Ooks hardwall hanger (the third hook in this post).

  17. Money Reasons
    May 15, 2011

    Just recently, I’ve heard of these hook, but I have no experience with them.

    I hate, absolutely had to pound hole in my walls, and when I do, I make sure they are the smallest nail that would accomplish the job. So to me, this sounds most excellent!

    Thanks for the great tutorial and introduction!

    • moneycone
      May 19, 2011

      Someone who thinks like me!!

  18. youngandthrifty
    June 3, 2011

    Love it, you must have read my mind because I have been meaning to go to the home store to buy some Command hooks after seeing them advertised on TV!

    Thanks for the break down on the different types- I’m such a newbie. Even though I hung stuff, now that i’ve moved, I forgot how to do these things again.

  19. Jason Gan
    September 13, 2011

    Just wondering if the IKEA FIXA Picture hook works on concrete or brick wall?

    Cause i’ve been reading alot of places that hammering nails into your concrete or brick (cemented) wall will chipped it off, leaving huge craters….

  20. nicole
    November 28, 2012

    OMG this probably seems like the most ridiculous article to write, but THANK YOU! I moved to Florida three years ago from NE Ohio (where we dont have concrete homes), we are renting a home, and have not been able to find anything to hang things on the front porch with. I’ve called around many different hardware stores and no one seemed to have a good answer on how to hang on concrete without drilling into the wall.

    These OOK things are even at my local hardware stoe! Again, thank you, I’ll be picking some up later to day. I have so excited and greatfull!

    • moneycone
      November 28, 2012

      You nailed it Nicole! When I wrote this article I said to myself: This is a personal finance blog and this article is absolutely ridiculous! But I felt compelled to write since I can totally relate to your pain in getting some answers to this seemingly mundane problem!

      Thanks for your comment, made my day and much appreciated! :)

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