Good Questions: Hanging Artwork on my Concrete Walls?

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Hello AT,

I live on the ground floor of a lovely little apartment in Astoria. I'm guessing because its a ground floor, 3 out of the 4 walls are solid concrete and therefore making it impossibly hard for me hang some wall art up.

I went to town with some mollies and a solid drill bit hanging up my bike rack, but I'm desperate for some easier way to get my nice poster collection up...

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I tried those adhesive wall hooks too but they barely do the trick (a poster that hangs over my bed came crashing down on top of me in the middle of a particularly humid night!)

any suggestions would be so so appreciated.

Jesse

Dear Jesse,

That sucks. We have two suggestions:

1. Mount a long strip of wood near your ceiling that runs across the wall. Mount this properly with the drill bit and concrete screws. Use this as a picture rail to hang everything by wire (or monofilament) below.

2. Use adhesive hooks. These seem to have gotten better over the years, and though we haven't used any lately, we'd start here. If these don't work...move on to the picture rail idea.

Anyone else??

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