I would like to hang some plaques, pictures and misc on a few walls but I
really hate the idea of penetrating the wall with anchors, screws and/or
nails. Being that the wall is paneling, the possibility of repairing becomes
that much harder, unlike drywall patching. Therefore, has anyone used any
type of adhesive hooks or other products which has a decent hold strength
and will not put holes in the walls?
Very good answer. Acturally most art galleries put up some
wood molding near the ceiling and it is shaped so they can just hang a
hook shaped hanger over the molding and suspend a wire under it to
hold the frames.
I added a row of picture molding under the crown molding so that it looks
like it's part of the crown molding. Now it's easy to occasionally change
out a painting or framed photo. I bought it at Home Depot, which also has
the "S" hooks that hang from the molding.
I understand your concern. However, the absolute best fastener I've
found for handing small items such as the ones you listed is the "Monkey
Hook", aka Hercules Hook. It's a hardened steel hook that requires
absolutely no tools to install: you simply push its sharp point through
the wall and push it in until it "locks" inside the wall. Holds about 50
lbs. easily. And best of all, it only leaves a very small hole that's
easily patched with spackle if you ever want to remove it.
Haven't used them on paneling, but they should work, provided the
paneling is thick and strong enough.
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On Thu, 01 Jan 2009 16:22:41 -0800, David Nebenzahl
According to a consumer reports article I saw on the tv news, they can
not hold the weight they specify. They will rip out a hunk of the
sheetrock wall. However, I have looked at them in the stores, and I
can see where they would work for simple lightweight pictures. But
pushing them thru paneling, might be tough and the hole will be the
same as that left by a nail. On the other hand, nails need to go into
the studs, the hooks need to go between them. So, both have their
place and do minimal damage for lightweight items. Just dont try to
hang heavy stuff like they show on the commercials.
I'm surprised no one had yet sued them for wall damage, or worse yet,
having a heavy item fall and injure a person. It's a false claim to
advertise they will hold 150 lbs or something like that, and that
could lead to lawsuits.
Well, in fairness to Billy and his sponsor, have a look at this page:
The "fine print" does state:
"For heavy objects over 40 lbs. use multiple hooks to distribute weight
And I bet the same notice appears on the hook's packaging or instruction
In the video, it does look like there's probably more than one hook used
when Billy hangs the larger stuff up.
Like we used to say about most contracts, "The large print giveth and
the small print taketh away."
Those adhesive things will make more of mess than a simple small brad
nail. The adhesive will not come off, and will likely remove the
paneling surface when scraped off. Just use a small brad. Drive it
into a stud. If you ever remove the picture, you only have a tiny
hole to apply some wood putty, or just drive the nail in, and use a
colored magic marker to color the head to match the panel color.
Plain picture hangers come with a small brad and work just fine.
I don't know if it applies here but in places where nails are used, I
just use thin headless nails or brads, and I use two a few inches
apart, so I don't have to worry abou them hanging crooked. It's so
simple and effective, I don't know why everyone doesn't do it.
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