You’ve brought home a new, large wall clock, and you’re wondering where to hang it. Or you’ve worked out where you want to put it, but you’re not sure how to do it. Let’s go over a few different aspects of hanging a large wall clock.
To begin with, it would be a dreadful pity to have a new clock fall off the wall and break. Not to mention that it might hurt somebody, especially if it was hanging on a beam or somewhere else that a person might stand beneath and get clobbered by a wall clock going AWOL. Bad image! Let’s not have this scenario. There are a few things you want to consider when you have a large wall clock.
If you’ve got a new clock, it is probably going to have batteries in the back and it will be made out of something light, plastic or maybe plastic with a wood veneer, still very light, but there are other kinds of wall clock too, such as minimalist modern designs made from metal or with metal embellishments, weighing considerably more. You may have a very old clock, an antique perhaps and you will want this to be even more secure, if it’s part of your investment. Not to mention clocks I might imagine to be family heirlooms; solid wooden clocks, and the like, maybe something your great-great-grandfather made and you’ve just recently come into possession of as part of an inheritance. How much more will this clock be potentially worth to you than a Walmart clock. I think you’d want to take every measure you could to protect that clock from getting down from the wall of its own accord.
We’ll start with the first kind of clock though, the Walmart clock. As mentioned it’s probably going to be very light indeed and oyu can just hang it by a nail or screw fixed firmly into the wall. you still need to fix it firmly – I’ve experienced a cheap clock that fell repeatedly down over the door to the bathroom – it was rather annoying to say the least,a nd a good thing it never fell on someone’s head, even though it was pretty light. Think about taking extra care when inserting the screw, make sure it doens’t wobble at all.
Okay, now for heavy wall clocks. What kind of wall are you wanting to hang this clock on? If it’s plaster, determine where there iswood inside the plaster covering. You can use a stud finder to do this. Once you find a stud close to where you want the clock hung up, mark the spot with a pentil. Then, get a long thick nail or a screw that is quite strong and of similar proportions, and insert this into the wood stud on your pencil mark. (Use a hammer or a drill to do this, obviously). Yank on the nail or screw to see if it is strong enough. If you think it is strong enough, hang up your clock on this. If it’s not strong enough, try again or insert the nail/screw further into the wall.
If the wall is brick or masonry, mark the spot you want the screw. Then, use a power drill to slowly drill the hole. Inset a metal anchor into the hold in the brick. Then, place a heavy duty screw into the anchor and carefully screw this into the metal anchor. Make sure you get it in far enough so that the anchor has grip of the screw thread securely. Test the screw by trying to wiggle it in the anchor. If it doesn’t move, then it’s time to hang your large wall clock. If it is not tight enough, then remove the anchor and the screw and repeat.
If you have wooden panelling or log cabin style walls, of course, you can just insert the heavy duty long wood screw into the wall on the point at which you want to hang your clock. Double check by wriggling the screw before you hang your clock, but, this is the easiest kind of wall to hang a large wall clock on. Good luck!
PS If you do have a calamity of dropping and breaking the clock (yup, my hand’s up, I’ve done that), here are a few suggestions for where to buy a new wall clock. But touch wood (a nice wooden clock of course!) and you’ll have no such incident! 🙂