How to hang a wall clock

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How to hang a wall clock
An unevenly hung clock may not work properly. (Wall Clock image by Wimbledon from

Hanging a wall clock not only enables you to tell the time, but it also makes a decorative statement in a room. Before you can enjoy a lifetime of knowing what time it is, though, you need to follow the proper protocol to hanging a wall clock. If you hang a clock improperly, it may not work the way it should -- it could even fall off the wall, breaking or causing personal injury. Avoid this cruel fate by taking the right steps to hanging your clock.

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Things you need

  • Wall clock
  • Pencil
  • 1- to 3-inch screw
  • Electric drill

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  1. 1

    Find a wall stud from which to hang your clock. Rap your knuckles against the wall -- a hollow sound indicates that you need to move to the right or left, while a higher, muffled sound indicates a stud.

  2. 2

    Mark the spot where you are going to drill with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Place a screw against the spot you marked; depending on the thickness of your wall, 1 to 3 inches should suffice. The longer the screw, the more support you give the clock.

  4. 4

    Drill into the spot you marked with an electric drill. The screw should stick out 1/4-inch or so.

  5. 5

    Slip the clock's hang hole over the head of the screw. If need be, straighten the clock out so that it hangs evenly.

Tips and warnings

  • When making sure that the pendulum is swinging accurately, listen for the even rhythm. If it sounds offbeat, you may need to adjust the clock (See References 3).

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