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How to hang pictures on a concrete block wall without using a drill

Updated March 23, 2017

The traditional way to hang a picture on a concrete wall is to drill a hole into the surface and then attach the picture to nails, screws or hangers. This isn't always feasible. If you like to rotate your pictures regularly, you may not want lots of holes all over your walls. If you rent your home, your tenancy agreement may prohibit you from drilling large holes in walls. If you are looking for alternative solutions, try hardwall picture hooks or double-sided adhesive strip fixings that can be used on their own or as backing for hook fittings.

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Hardwall picture hooks

  1. Make a pencil mark at the spot on the wall where the picture will hang from the hook.

  2. Position the hardwall hook on the wall. The hook goes on your mark; the round area goes above it.

  3. Hold the hook at the base and hammer the pins into the wall. Use firm, sharp strokes. Hang the picture on the hook.

Adhesive strip fixings

  1. Mark the place on the wall where the hook fitting will go or where the strip will be sited to hang the picture.

  2. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for strip placement. Generally, if attaching strips to a picture, attach them to the frame and remove the covers. Position the picture on the wall, then remove as instructed. If using hooks, attach the strip to the hook, remove the liner and press the hook on to the wall.

  3. Wait for the adhesive to activate according to instructions. Mount the picture on the wall or on the hook.

  4. Tip

    To remove hardwall hooks, slide a flat blade gently behind the hook and prise it forward. These hooks do leave small holes which can be easily filled.

    Self-adhesive hooks and strips can be removed without damage to most walls but you need to follow the manufacturer's removal instructions.

    Adding more self-adhesive strips may increase the load bearing weight.


    Wear eye protection when hammering hardwall hooks. If the hammer slips and hits the plastic, the hook may shatter.

    Check the load bearing capacity of any hook before use. If a picture is too heavy, the hook will come away from the wall. Strip adhesive manufacturers do not recommend this solution for valuable or irreplaceable pictures and advise not to hang pictures over beds.

    Only hammer a hardwall hook until the pins are firmly in the wall. If you keep hammering, they will loosen.

    Think hard before using permanent adhesives that work as alternatives to nails or screws. These may hold picture weight, but may also damage the picture and the wall if you try to remove them.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hardwall picture hooks or adhesive strips/hooks
  • Hammer (for hardwall hooks)

About the Author

Carol Finch has been writing technology, careers, business and finance articles since 2000, tapping into her experience in sales, marketing and technology consulting. She has a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages, a Chartered Institute of Marketing.certificate and unofficial tech and gaming geek status with her long-suffering friends and family.

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