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Hang Things on Plaster Walls By Scott Sidler Most of the handy devices for hanging things on our walls were designed for drywall, not plaster. Everyone wants to decorate their walls, so learning how to hang things on plaster walls is important for every homeowner to learn.
There are a few things that make the two different, especially related to attaching things to your walls. Plaster is much harder than drywall Plaster is more brittle than drywall Plaster has lath wood, metal mesh, or rock lath behind it that supports it, whereas drywall has nothing behind it All these differences mean that the two require different fasteners and fastening methods for decorating.
Picture rail What About Picture Rail? It has a wonderful purpose and that is to protect your walls and make your life easier.
Picture rail was installed to give you a place to hang things like mirrors, art, pictures and anything else you want to decorate your walls with without putting holes in your plaster.
The picture rail is nailed to the studs, giving it better holding strength and was installed toward the top of the wall. This made the pictures easily movable left or right anywhere in the room, and to raise or lower them, you simply change the length of the picture wire.
After all, it is just a piece of wood molding. I can still give you some great ideas for hanging on plaster walls.
Put away the hammer. Hammering nails into plaster is a quick way to knock plaster loose from the lath that is supporting it. You may not notice the damage, but as plaster comes loose from the lath, it will eventually begin to sag and soon fall off the wall if the sagging continues unchecked.
Light Items Screws and screws with masonry anchors for heavy items are your best choice for hanging things on plaster walls without picture rail.
I prefer if the screw hits the wood lath behind the plaster for a little extra holding power to make sure things stay hung. You can usually tell when you hit the lath because the screw will grab better. Unfortunately, it seems that every time I need to hang something heavy, there is never a stud where I need one.
When that happens, I am stuck using anchors. There are a number of anchors available, all rated by how much weight they can hold. Find one appropriate to your project and go to town.
A word of caution, avoid the drywall anchors that are made to be installed without drilling. Good luck and happy decorating!Watch breaking news videos, viral videos and original video clips on alphabetnyc.com Girl Genius is written by Professors Phil & Kaja Foglio of TPU, with drawings by Prof.
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