How to Hang a Wall Clock

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.

An unevenly hung clock may not work properly.

Step 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.

Step 2

Draw a spot with a pencil where you are going to drill, over the stud.

Step 3

Drill a pilot hole into the spot you marked with an electric drill and a drill bit slightly narrower than the screw.

Step 4

Place a screw into the pilot hole and tighten it by turning it clockwise with a screwdriver a screwdriver drill bit. Depending on the thickness of your wall and the weight of the clock, a screw 1 to 3 inches long should suffice. The longer the screw, the more support you give the clock. The screw should stick out 1/4-inch or so.

Step 5

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