How to Hang Pictures on Stucco and Poured Concrete Walls

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How to Hang Pictures on Stucco and Poured Concrete Walls
Don't be afraid to hang pictures on stucco. (blue stucco image by jimcox40 from

The key to hanging pictures on stucco and poured concrete walls is using the right tools. Pictures are most commonly hung on nails and hooks. However, nails will not grip concrete and they are likely to take out chunks of your stucco as they fall. The best way to hang a picture on a concrete and stucco wall is with a concrete screw. It will hold firmly to the concrete and stucco and is quite easy to install.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Masking tape
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Concrete screw

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  1. 1

    Place masking tape, in the shape of an "x," over the spot where you intend to install the screw. If the drill slips, the tape will keep it from chipping or marring the stucco.

  2. 2

    Attach the masonry drill bit to the drill. The drilled hole should be slightly narrower in diameter than your concrete screw. You will likely need a 3/16- or 5/16-inch bit. Hold the drill level so that the bit goes in straight, and drill a hole in the wall in the centre of your masking-tape "x."

  3. 3

    Screw the concrete screw into the hole. Insert the screwdriver bit into the drill (read the concrete screw's packaging to determine the appropriate size) and use it to screw the concrete screw into the hole until roughly 1/4 inch protrudes from the wall.

  4. 4

    Hang the picture onto the screw.

Tips and warnings

  • The larger the concrete screw, the more weight it will hold.
  • Hang your picture so that its centre is at eye-level.
  • If you feel that your picture is a little too low or high after hanging it, you can adjust the length of the wire on back of the picture instead of drilling a new hole.

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