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Joe Gola
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So, I got myself a nice little crokinole board, and I'd like to hang it up on my wall. It has two eyelet thingies through which I could run some wire so that it could be hung up like a picture.

It would be a catastrophe if the thing fell down, though, so I want to stick it up there as securely as possible. I had the thought that I might be able to screw something into a stud, but they're in precisely the wrong place; the spot I'd like to hang the thing from is almost equidistant from two.

Any thoughts on what I can do? Would one of those metal expand-behind-the-wall dealies do the trick? The thing that worries me is that the drywall upstairs has proven to be rather cheap and thin; don't know if the stuff in my office downstairs is the same material but it could be. The board isn't terribly heavy, but it has some weight to it.
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I'm about as handy at these sorts of things as Cliff Clavin, but how about screwing a cross-brace into the studs, and then using that as a means to hold up the Crokinole board?
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Yeah, a wall anchor (which I think you mean by "one of those metal expand-behind-the-wall dealies") shouldn't be used to hold anything heavy or valuable. I'd screw a shelf into the studs, that would be very strong and reliable.
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Bearcat89 wrote:
hercules hook vid

This. They're also sold as gorilla hooks, which come in two thicknesses. The thicker ones will hold 50lbs easy. Your board is nowhere near 50lbs. You can pick these up at Target for about $3 per pack.
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I gave the Hercules Hook a shot and it seems to be doing the trick nicely. The board is only ten pounds, and the downstairs drywall seems to be of a better quality than the stuff upstairs.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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I'm sorry I showed up too late to help. My recommendations were going to be:

A) Safely displaying a Crokinole board is one of the reasons to have kids. "Now, son, we've talked about this before. Daddy's working, which means everything needs to be in its proper place, so hold that board about half a foot higher, OK? And make sure you don't damage the finish with your tears."

B) From your description of the problem, it sounds like this one's broken or defective, so you may need to buy a new house.
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I put two l shaped hook pins into the bottom section of my wall using some 70 lbs drywall anchors, and I put one at the top in the center which swivels down and keeps the top from migrating away from the wall.

It required no modification of my crokinole board at all. It's held my crokinole board pretty well for the past like 8 years or so.

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If you are using a wire anyway, you could just put a hook in both studs and run the wire over both of them. Of course that would require getting the hooks at the same height....
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Leezer wrote:
Your next job is to get rid of that hideous wallpaper.
It grows on you. And the wall is fine, and functional, I'm more of a practical kind of guy, if something's still working and hasn't broken or something, then why spend time and money changing it.
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