Look! Zip Ties Help Support Canada

Look! Zip Ties Help Support Canada

Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 22, 2009

While living in Milwaukee several years ago, I was walking my dog through the alleys trying to find chairs and plants that had been stolen off our porch the night before. Although I wasn't having any luck tracking down the missing items, I did come across this giant map of Canada. So as to not return home empty handed and defeated, Canada was rescued from the trash and has since held a place in my home. It's been a great find, but a real bear to hang! Click through the jump to see the solution to hanging such a tricky object.

Hanging Canada has always presented a problem due to it's lack of grace when being held above one's head in the air and it's lack of "typical hanging solutions." In the past, we have used giant nails with large heads that would hold the little metal pins that stick out from either end. It wasn't ideal, left huge holes in the wall each time we moved and had to be 100% accurate in width (so it could rest on them like a shelf) and in being level.

Wanna see how we found the end all solution for hanging it? Check out the pictures below!

First, we put nails in an inch out from the sides of Canada. Being level isn't important with this method, that comes later, but try to be relatively accurate.
The left side of the bar that Canada is hung from has a metal bit that sticks out (just like the other end). This side is different because it twists and can cause Canada to break free from most shackles and come crashing to the floor (usually in the middle of the night when it can cause the most racket!).
We drilled through this piece and made a zip tie loop through the hole.

Next up we used another zip tie to connect the nail in the wall to the zip tie loop that is attached to Canada. This gives us the ability to level it in the end by tightening it up!

The other side of Canada has the same little metal pokey bit, although it's not as long and isn't really able to be drilled through to use the same method as above. Instead, we ran a zip tie around the wooden pole and slide it against the metal cap so it's not obvious from the floor. Next we made a second zip tie loop and connected the nail and the tie going around the bar. We leveled it out with the other side and Canada was in the air!

The ties are only noticeable from the floor if you REALLY try to look for them, otherwise it almost floats on the wall. It's a great trick to use with awkward things that still really need support!

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