Dryway Hanger-Upper Reporting for Duty!

Took a break from the outside chores to put some work indoors! Paintings, Mirrors and Random Decor don’t hang themselves – so I had a date with drywall!

Stoked to find an awesome 56 piece tool kit for our Ryobi Drill. I have a heavy duty starter drill from Ryobi that I got in college and use this Ryobi TEK4 4-Volt for  small tasks around the house. Ryobi’s “Dock It” system came with a mountable tray to store all the additional tool kits and components for the two drills. Very convenient and the system of interchangeable accessories make me feel extremely organized! 

I was a little intimidated with all the choices for drill bits and all, but drill kit had 56 pieces which pretty much reinforced the concept that it would include what I needed – and replace pieces I lost over the years (Hypothosis Correct)!

Our house was built in 1952 and I was really worried about hanging items on the drywall, so I made sure I was doing it correctly. If there was a certificate of achievement for mastering a skill you learned on YouTube, I’d hang that proudly on my fridge! Hanging anything on drywall basically involves Five Steps:

1) Making sure you are hanging the item in a safe place away from internal plumbing, electrical and superficial hazards (ex: hanging something that maybe knocked down or bumped into). Also use a stud finder, if you are drilling into an area with solid wood behind it – you may not need he dryway anchor and screw depending on how deep of the hole is you are drilling. 

2) Making sure you know the weight of the item you wish to hang and you purchase the correct dry wall screws that can support the weight. My projects today varied in weight between 0.5 – 15 lbs. I went the cautious route and got hardware to hold 20-25 lbs to be safe.

3) Use a drillbit to create the proper hole in the drywall to insert the drywall anchors. Most drywall anchors & screw sets will tell you on the package how big the drill bit should be (today’s project required a 5/16 drill bit). FYI- I held a damp papertowel under my drilling area when I drilled the holes as the drywall crests a lot of powder-like dust as you drill. The papertowel catches a lot of that mess and keeps it from getting on anything around or under the area!

4) Insert the drywall anchor! You may need to hammer these in. If you do hammer make sure you don’t bend or break the anchor – these are usually plastic and can break. I sometimes put part of the screw in the anchor as I hammered it in so it keeps its shape until I drill the screw in. If the anchor gets in by itself, drill the screw into the anchor and make sure you leave plenty of mounting space for whatever it is you are hanging.

5) Mount your Picasso, Moné or framed picture of last years Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on the newly installed hardware and enjoy!

I never use to measure or mark the walls when I hung things in the past – but now that these walls come with a mortgage you can bet your ass I measured three times and only had to drill once! 

So now I can add “Drywall Hanger-Upper” to my resume of domestic handyman skills! If I missed a step or you have any tips, tricks or advice please feel free to send them my way! As always, Love comments & feedback!