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How to hang a wall clock

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Tip

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).

Things You'll Need

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

Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.