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    Question mounting pictures on cement block wall

    I've just rented a new apt., and now I'd like to put some pictures on the wall. I've never been very successful doing this with a simple nail in cement block. It always seems to take a chunk out of the wall. Is there actually a "right" way to do this so that I will not end up having to do major repair work on the wall when I move?

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    Default Hole in the wall

    You need to use a masonary drill bit 1/4 inch and drill a hole where you want to hang the picture. Insert a plastic sleeve that are sold in hardware stores, 1/4 in. is green in color, screw in a screw and hang picture. When inserting the sleeve make sure you recess it so that when the time comes for you to leave you take out the screw and spackle the small hole and apply paint.

    edited for spelling

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    Talking

    liquid nails

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    Easy trick! And you won’t need a drill or no cement holes. In the Ferreterias they sell these small nails that come with a white plastic cap. First you put the little nail in with a special tool that comes in the package and then you nail in the white cap. And when you take them out all is left is a really tiny hole. They are really strong! I don’t know the name, I would have to look but ask for “los clavitos con la tapitas blanca”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanita
    Easy trick! And you won’t need a drill or no cement holes. In the Ferreterias they sell these small nails that come with a white plastic cap. First you put the little nail in with a special tool that comes in the package and then you nail in the white cap. And when you take them out all is left is a really tiny hole. They are really strong! I don’t know the name, I would have to look but ask for “los clavitos con la tapitas blanca”.
    We call them 'clavitos invisibles'. I have them all over. If the pictures are REALLY heavy buy the plastic hooks with 3 little nails are sold next to the other ones.

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    Default I seldom go against da PIB

    Mostly 'cause I luv 'er so much....but also 'cause she be so smart.

    However, this time I must report that a three nail do-hicky that we used upstairs to hang a very valuable Jacinto Dominguez painting (pastel) cost me three large for a new frame....durn thing fell off the wall...

    This time I am going with drill and hole...better over engineer than spend that much money again...


    HB

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    I'm with the HB totally - but it's hard to go up against the Pib... that three prong little white thingy that hangs on the wall by hope and prayer - I don't have good experience with them.... Luckily I have a very handy husband around - overengineering is the thing. Drill, bang a green plastic thingy in the hole, then, some other kind of screw that gets screwed in and sticks out just a fraction with a big head on it, and I can hang my picture...

    When you have to fix the wall after, screw out the thing with the big head with a screwdriver, pull out the green thingy with a pair of pliers.. that is if it does not come out with the screw with the big head, and fill the hole with putty. Touch up paint, and you're done...

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    Well, maybe if you two stop hanging hammocks with it...

    The only heavy thing I have is the mirror in the entrance, so far it's held by the three-prong thingamaboobie with no problems. I will report back when it breaks.

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    Smile Thanks

    Thanks for the help y'all. Now I don't have to face the prospect of looking at bare walls for a year.

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    Default No not the green thingy!!!!

    Just unscrew the big headed screw-do and apply filler-poo and your thruuuu.

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