Asked by: Roya Petermairasked in category: General Last Updated: 30th March, 2020
How do I hang a heavy picture on a plaster wall?
Keeping this in view, what is the maximum weight you can hang on a plasterboard wall?
Your wall will be able to take as much weight as you can hang on it. Every 12"x12" span of 1/2" drywall can hold 40lb in pull out load, as if you were hanging from a ceiling. The other type of load is shear or pull down load.
Furthermore, can you hang things on plaster walls? Answer: You're right: You can't just tap in a nail long enough to reach a stud, as you might to hang a heavy picture on drywall. Plaster is hard, and pounding a nail into it could crack it or disengage it from the lath that holds it in place. But it's easy eliminate these risks: Just pre-drill the hole first.
Subsequently, one may also ask, what kind of nails do you use for plaster walls?
Screws (and screws with masonry anchors for heavy items) are your best choice for hanging things on plaster walls without picture rail. For lighter items, simply screwing into the plaster with a 1 1/4” drywall screw is usually enough to get the job done.
Why do you plaster walls?
Plaster is considered a high-end wall finish. The installation of plaster walls requires special training and skills making it more of a labor intensive process than hanging or repairing drywall. Aside from these factors, a plaster wall can create a texture and feel to your home that no other wall can match.