An easy way would be to drill a hole at about a 15-degree angle downward
into the wall where you want to hang the object going about 1-1/2 to 2
inches deep. Typically one can find carbide-tipped masonry bits that are
as small as 1/8" since this is a popular size for attaching tackless
carpet strips to concrete floors. Then insert a piece of piano wire or
steel rod of the appropriate diameter (available at any hobby shop - it
is used to form landing gear for RC planes)into the hole leaving enough
protruding to hang the object. Later, when you change your mind, the
remaining hole will be small enough (assuming you did a good job with
the drilling) to easily patch with a bit of plaster and paint.
Of course when drilling into any wall one must first determine that
there are no hidden problems at the drilling site -- wiring and pipes
being the most common. Believe me, you really don't want to try
repairing a puncture of either inside a solid wall.
A great suggestion. I'll look into a 1/8" masonry drill. If the hole is
small enough, and I'm relatively accurate with the angle, I just might
be able to use a conventional brad and hanger -- perhaps with a
matchstick to make sure the brad doesn't move. Regarding wiring/pipes in
the wall, check and double check! I've got a multi-function
stud/metal/electrical finder, and always use it when I'm going to do
anything on any wall! It's very sensitive to electric fields from
non-metallic cables -- but doesn't detect through metal conduit.
However, I can detect the conduit or water pipe in most cases.
There is a very small diameter nail used by drop ceiling
installers called a hard pin. They are made for nailing wall
angle to plaster, brick, block, etc. These are not "masonry
nails" as such. They are unique to the ceiling trade. I don't
expect you would find them at the Borgs. Stop at any commercial
ceiling/drywall supply house.
I looked, but could not find an example to show. These nails are
about an inch long and smaller in diameter than a number 4 finish
nail with a small head. They are plenty hard enough to drive in
block and mortar..
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