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Question DetailsAsked on 10/15/2014

Have plaster walls cannot find someone to hang art

Home built in 1930's need someone who knows how to mount pictures and art

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Usually this is done by a Handyman, though for large quantities and for precise alignment some art galleries that sell supplies and such also will do this type of work.

The key is to avoid driving nails or screws just ah so into true plaster walls, and of course tougher to locate the studs to put the fasteners in if large or heavy items. Light items you can just use toggle bolt anchors with long bolts put through both the plaster and the lathe and catch the back of the lath, being careful not to overtighten. Heavy items you need to carefully predrill clearance holes through strong protective tape (to avoid spalling the plaster) and through the lath and plaster into the studs, then use screws or lag bolts that are strong enough and deep enough into the stud that they can carry the load without bending down into the plaster and spalling it.

I always use thick soft plastic flat washers under the fastener to avoid cracking the plaster.

One other thing - because you are going deeper than usual for a picture hanging anchor (which usually terminates in o just onthe backk side of the drywall), you have to be sure to prelocate pipes and wiring - especially if bare knob and tube wiring, so avoid electrifying the hanger and and hanging wire on the item being hung.

For all these reasons and hassles, it is common on true plaster walls getting a lot of artwork to put on rails to mount them from - metal or wood strips or battens or slotted hanger track bolted into the studs typically every stud, then all the artwork hung from that - minimizes number of holes and allows lateral location (and vertical with wires) anywhere along the width of the wll without being constrained by stud locations.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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