08:31PM | 08/19/01
Member Since: 08/19/01
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I have a 1960's Southern CA house with plaster, not drywall, walls. I'm not sure what the backing is but it is not the old wood lath. I have several large pictures and a couple large mirrors to hang. I'm concerned that the plaster may crack, also do the standard slant picture hangers work. Is there any way to make sure that the plaster does not come away from the wall if I latter want to move the picture and remove the picture hanger.

Jay J

05:06AM | 08/20/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi DoubleD,

IN short, if you have something to hang that's over 5 lbs, it's best to secure your hanger to a stud, or something. Otherwise, as you say, you're taking a chance that the picture will fall off the wall. I don't know how you can find a stud because I believe a traditional stud finder won't work. Stop by a picture store, pick out a picture you like (that's heavy) and ask how you'll secure it to a wall w/plaster. THEN, after they tell you how, tell them you're 'afraid' to buy right now and leave (BUT you'll have your answer.)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: IF they say you need to find a stud, ask them how to do that ...

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