How to Hang a Heavy Wall Clock

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Upper right shows a metal lag bolt (anchor)

Antique, ornate wall clocks add a personal touch to your home. These old fashioned clocks differ in their construction from the more typical lightweight plastic or wooden clocks commonly seen in homes today. The key to properly hanging a heavy clock on a wall involves finding the right support to prevent damage to the wall. Simply pounding a nail into the wall is not sufficient since the nail will bend from the weight. Let's look at how to hang a heavy wall clock securely on a wall.


Step 1

Use the stud finder to locate a stud in your desired hanging location. These are the support 2-by-4 pieces of wood behind the drywall and we'll use these as the main support for the heavy wall clock to keep it from falling off the wall. If you choose to hang the clock on a plaster, brick or drywall surface, proceed to step 5.

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Step 2

Mark the stud with a pencil at the proper height based on the hanger on the back of the wall clock.


Step 3

Secure the screw in place using the screwdriver. Leave an adequate amount at the end of the screw to allow the hanger on the clock to position securely on the screw. Give it a good tug to make sure the screw is deeply embedded in the stud.

Step 4

Hang the clock carefully.


Step 5

Find the appropriate spot to hang your clock if you're choosing a position where a stud is not available. Remember that placing the clock into drywall is not nearly as stable as hanging the clock from a screw into a stud. Mark the wall with a pencil relevant to where the clock hangers are located on the back of the clock.

Step 6

Drill a hole into the wall appropriate to the size of the screw anchors. Anchors work in drywall and brick or masonry walls. Tap the cone-shaped anchor in with a hammer carefully to prevent damage. Choose metal anchors instead of plastic for securing the clock to a masonry or brick wall.


Step 7

Place the screw inside the anchor and begin turning the screw with a screwdriver. As you turn, the anchor spreads inside the back of the wall to provide added security for the wall clock. Use more than one anchor for added security.

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