How to hang things on plaster walls

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How to hang things on plaster walls
Plaster walls are common in older homes and buildings. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Plaster walls are often found in older homes. Plaster's adaptability to paint, whitewashing, stencilling or wallpaper is one of the reasons for its popularity. Although plaster has its benefits, hanging things on the walls sometimes damages the wall or causes a section of the plaster to crumble. You can avoid these problems by using the correct techniques when hanging items on the walls.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Adhesive tape
  • Electric drill and drill bit
  • Hammer and nails
  • Screwdriver and screws

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    Locate the studs in the walls. These are upright structural posts that are typically 16 inches apart. Use a stud finder or pound on the wall area with your fist. The wall sounds hollow everywhere except over the studs. It's important to hang items onto the studs to prevent cracking the plaster or damaging the wall.

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    Place a piece of adhesive tape over the area in which you'll drive the nails or screws. This prevents the wall from cracking when you hammer the nail or insert the screw.

  3. 3

    Use an electric drill to make a small pilot hole for the nail or screw. This helps prevent the plaster from crumbling.

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    Hammer the nail into the pilot hole at an angle, to help prevent crumbling. Use a screwdriver for placing any screws into the wall. You can now hang your item without worrying about damaging the plaster walls.

Tips and warnings

  • Stud finders are available at hardware and discount stores.

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