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Re: [Shop-talk] Hanging a Cuckoo clock

To: Randall <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Hanging a Cuckoo clock
From: "Peter J. Thomas" <>
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 20:08:36 -0500
On 2/6/2010 4:27 PM, Randall wrote:
> Hey all,
> Wife has a big antique cuckoo clock that she would like hung "right there"
> on the drywall.  This thing must weigh 30 pounds, plus every day someone has
> to pull on the chains to wind it up and of course we also live in an
> earthquake zone.  She would really hate for it to come crashing down (it's
> supposedly over 100 years old and has some really fragile gingerbread, stag
> horns, etc.).
> If I had my druthers, I'd put a screw into a stud, but alas there is no stud
> where she wants the clock.
> I'm thinking to put a "molly" type anchor in the wall, and let it's bolt
> protrude to form a hook (the back wall of the clock is about 3/8" thick),
> but thought I would ask if anyone has a better suggestion.
Molly bolt is probably the best for hanging things onto drywall, if you 
can't anchor it.  Far superior than toggle bolts or screw in anchors.  
Suggestion: predrill and liberally coat the sides of the hole with glue, 
white or wood glue, before inserting the bolt.  The glue will soak into 
the gypsum firming it up and form a skin that binds with the front and 
back paper of the drywall.

Also don't let the bolt protrude, but rather use it to mount a hook.  If 
the bolt is not tightened the "wings" can loosen over time.

If you're still concerned that a single bolt is not enough, you can hang 
a thin sheet of plywood, smaller than the clock, with a molly in each 
corner, then hang the clock on the plywood.
> -- Randall
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