Wall clocks are an amazing and fascinating subject to explore. With the variety of shapes and sizes, you can always expect the unexpected just when you thought you saw it all. Today with all the forms of wall hanging timepieces, one has to be sure when it comes to larger and heaver clocks, that when you hang them on a wall, you are careful enough to hang the clock securely so that your artful display of time will remain safely on the wall.
In order to hang a heavier wall clock on the wall, you must do certain things to make sure your clock will remain in place without doing damage to your wall and possible damage to your clock. If you follow the procedures that I have set forth below, you will have a folding wall timepiece that will remain in place without any damaging effects whatsoever.
The first thing you have to do is make sure you find a secure section of your wall to fasten your clock. This is done by using a tool that is called a Stud Finder. Behind your plasterboard or drywall walls are support wooden frames called studs. These studs are made from long wood pieces of 2 inch by 4 inch boards. The vertical sections of these frames behind your walls are generally constructed about 18 inches apart along the inner wall.
In order to find exactly where these stud boards are located behind your wall, you will need to use an electronic device called a stud finder. You can find these stud finders at any hardware or home improvement store. With a stud finder you will be able to locate the stud inside your wall near the location you intend to hang your heavy wall clock.
Once you have found the stud behind the wall, make a pencil mark on the wall where you intend to hang your clock. When determining the correct location of inserting a large wood screw into the wall in order to hang your clock, be sure to take into account the position of the hanger located on the back side of the clock.
After you have determined the exact position to insert the screw into the wall, with a hand drill and a tiny drill bit, drill a tiny hole into the wall making sure you drill through the stud. Next, after you drilled your tiny hole into the wall, insert your large wood screw. Make sure you screw the screw in only far enough so the head of the screw sticks out from the wall enough to support the clock. A quarter to a half inch out from the wall should be enough to support the heavy clock. Hang your clock and enjoy.
On the other hand, there are some cases where the stud behind the wall is not located in a position where you intend to hang your timepiece. In this situation the solution to this is using what is called a screw anchor. These screw anchors are available in plastic and metal. There are styles of screw anchors available for a variety of wall hanging projects.
These screw anchors come in different shapes and sizes. Depending on how much weight your wall clock is will determine what style and size screw anchor will be necessary to hang your clock. The employees at your local hardware or home improvement store will have the knowledge to help you determine exactly what type of screw anchor is appropriate for your clock hanging situation. Just tell them exactly what you intend to do.
Once you have determined what type of screw anchor to use, drill an appropriate size hole into the wall. Always make sure you account for the position of the hanger on the back of the clock when positioning your clock hanging screw. After you have inserted the correct screw anchor into the wall, with a screw attached and sticking out from the wall one quarter to one half inch, gently hang your clock. Make sure that your clock is securely in place. Enjoy your clock.
If you are placing a heavy wall clock on a masonry or brick wall the same procedures apply. Determine exactly where on the wall you wish to drill a hole to hang your clock, but with masonry or brick walls use metal screw anchors only.