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Use a Stud Finder to Hang Heavy Items

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    LESLIE: Debbie in Michigan has a problem. How to hang a heavy clock. How can we help you? What’s going on?

    DEBBIE: I got a clock as a gift. It’s one of the pendulum clocks. It’s like a wall clock; like a grandfather clock. And I haven’t hung it yet and I just want to know the best way to hang it so I … it won’t fall off the wall.

    TOM: (laughing) Okay. Well, the best way to hang that, Debbie …

    LESLIE: Wait. What’s your wall surface? What’s your walls made out of?

    DEBBIE: It’s just drywall. Uh-huh.

    LESLIE: Drywall. Easy-peasy.

    TOM: Alright. The best thing to do is to see if you can get into a stud.

    DEBBIE: Alright.

    TOM: Now, you can easily find a stud with …

    LESLIE: So grab your husband. (laughing)

    TOM: You can find a stud with an electronic stud finder.

    DEBBIE: Stud finder.

    TOM: Or you can use the trusty knuckle method and tap on the wall.

    DEBBIE: (inaudible) (laughing)

    LESLIE: Yeah, but sometimes they all … it all sounds the same, sometimes.

    TOM: I don’t think so.

    LESLIE: So trust a stud finder.

    TOM: Yeah.

    LESLIE: I mean, you and I know it, but some … when I didn’t know what I was listening for I was like, oh, knock knock knock knockety-knock knock.

    DEBBIE: Exactly.

    TOM: Yeah, then you put a lot of holes in your wall. (laughing) But really, if you can find the stud or if that happens to work out, that is absolutely the best way to hang it. Because drywall is just not that strong; it’s plaster and paper. And there are different types of fasteners that you can use to affix to drywall but drywall is drywall is drywall. And you know, it’s still not going to be as strong. If you had to use drywall, then I probably would suggest a toggle bolt with, basically, a hook on the end of it. So you’re attaching a piece of hardware to the wall, on top of which you hang the clock. But the best thing to do is simply to go right into the stud. I would use a two-and-a-half to three inch drywall screw that was (inaudible) …

    LESLIE: Make sure the head fits into that key slot before you go and attach it to the wall.

    DEBBIE: Okay.

    TOM: Just screw it right in there and hang it right up.

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