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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010

    Default hanging pictures on plaster

    My 1915 American Foursquare has horsehair plaster walls. Any time we try to hang anything on the walls, the plaster crumbles away, leaving a hole and unable to support any weight. Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009

    Default Re: hanging pictures on plaster

    Hi,Consider installing a trim board to then hang the pictures from it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Portland, Oregon, formerly of Chicago

    Default Re: hanging pictures on plaster


    Are you trying to drive nails into plaster? I prefer to pre-drill holes and use screws when anchoring to plaster. Plaster is to brittle to drive nails into without often causing the surface to crater out. I use pan head screws which have a fixed diameter to the shaft, unlike wood screws, which have tapered shafts.

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