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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Step 1

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.

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Step 2

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.

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Step 3

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

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Step 4

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.

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Step 5

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.

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Step 6

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.