The location you choose to hang wind chimes greatly affects how they will sound -- or if they'll make much sound at all. As their name implies, wind chimes require access to at least a slight breeze in order to create melodic sounds. Some type of hook, such as a ceiling hook or a hook-style plant hanger, is required to hang the chimes properly.

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Select a location, such as a porch or near a patio outdoors, that receives a gentle breeze on an average day. Choose a spot that has no obstructions, such as walls, posts or trees that may prevent the chimes from moving freely.

Draw a pencil dot on a beam or ceiling location if you're hanging the chimes from the ceiling. Use a stepladder or step stool to reach the ceiling. If you're using a ground-based plant hook instead of a ceiling hook, push the shepherd's hook plant hanger into the ground in a suitable location and skip to Step 5.

Drill a shallow pilot hole into the pencil dot using a drill bit narrower than the screw thread on the ceiling hook.

Insert the ceiling hook into the pilot hole, turning it clockwise to thread it into the ceiling. Keep the screw thread perpendicular to the ceiling -- perfectly straight -- while tightening it to ensure the hook hangs properly.

Hang the loop or ring connected to the top of the wind chimes structure to the ceiling hook or plant hanger. Push the chimes a bit from side to side to ensure they have room to move without hitting nearby objects.

Leave the chimes in place for a day or two, listening to them during different wind conditions. If you're pleased with their performance, leave them where they are; otherwise, select a new location.