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    Question Hanging pictures on thick plaster

    Other than nails or screws, what is the best way to hang pictures and coat racks on thick plaster walls? Nails or screws only make a big mess. Large holes in the wall and dust all through the house. I am desperate since my house has just been redone with all new paint and all the walls repaired and I want to hang pictures.

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    Default Re: Hanging pictures on thick plaster

    If you don't want to mess with nails and screws, for light to medium weight pictures, look for gorilla hook.

    For heavy items, nothing beats nails into the studs.

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    Default Re: Hanging pictures on thick plaster

    Thank you for telling me about the Gorilla hangers but there are no studs to find. That is why I need other methods.

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    Default Re: Hanging pictures on thick plaster

    Quote Originally Posted by oleredhead View Post
    Thank you for telling me about the Gorilla hangers but there are no studs to find. That is why I need other methods.
    If you don't have framed walls, then what kind of walls do you have?

    I'm not good in assumptions. You get quicker and more accurate responses by giving more info up front.

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    Default Re: Hanging pictures on thick plaster

    Studs can be very hard to find in plaster walls, especially if the plaster is thick. Stud sensors usually fail to do the job.

    Traditionally, plastered walls had a picture rail running parallel to the ceiling. The picture rail had a rounded top profile, and a special hook was used over the rail from which the picture would hang. Of course, this meant that the picture wire was long and visible.

    I'll second the Gorilla hooks. You'll probably want to drill a pilot hole rather than trying to push the hook through the plaster. I make my own out of the stainless steel ribs from used windshield wipers. $4.79 for a pair at my local hardware store is an awfully hard price to swallow.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: Hanging pictures on thick plaster

    In the olden days folks used 'picture rail' or 'picture moulding' along the top of the wall, about a foot down from the ceiling. The art is hung from there and can be moves around without any damage.

    They are still used in Museums today

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