Sunday, December 18, 2011

How to hang a picture on a brick or concrete wall

This is a DIY guide to hanging photos and pictures on a brick or concrete wall the cheap and easy way. 

Lightweight (5lbs or less) such as photos, records are easily hung with stick on hookssticker hook for hanging on brick wall

Your lightest items can be hung without screws, nails or any tools at all.
You will need: stick on hookssticker hook for hanging on brick wall
How to : Simply clean and dry the surface well before applying the adhesive sticker.
Removal: These can be pulled off. They may require some cleaning to get of residual bits of adhesive.

Medium sized items (~30lbs or less) such as pictures, paintings can easily and quickly be hung with concrete and hardwall plastic hooks. 
This is by far the easiest and best way to hang picture or most anything on a brick wall.
You will need: a hammer, concrete and hardwall plastic hooks. 
How to: Carefully measure where you want to place these as they can be only placed once. Hammer the four pins part way in then check positioning again. If you are satisfied with the placement hammer them the rest of the way in. 
Demonstrated holding up a larger framed piece: Liza Jones- Optimist 

To hang heavy items such as mirrors, large framed paintings, photos or posters masonry anchorare needed.
You will need: powerdrill at the minimum but preferably a hammerdrill is needed. You will also need a screwdriver, and a masonry bit (the size is determined by the size of masonry anchor used). It is easiest to get a set of masonry anchors that come with screws and the drill bit.

Drill the appropriate size hole with a hammer drill

Hammer in the plastic anchor.

Screw in the screw most of the way and hang your piece.

I also used this for my nice letterpress box as a small item display case.
letterpress box

For very heavy objects such as construction projects require a lag bolt and shield
Similar to my recommendation for heavy items this will require a hammerdrill, socket wrench as well as the forfeiture of your damage deposit. The process is the same as above but with a 1/2" hole. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

futurama bender christmas tree ornament

Bite my shiny metal x-mas

This is simply a modified Kidrobot Bender
Or roll the dice and get a random futurama figure from Kidrobot

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) DIY grafting experiment

This was a quick experiment to see if I could graft a chirstmas cactus (Schlumbergera) to an Epiphyllum. No idea if this will work or if these are compatible plants. Of note I am doing this in December while I have read it is better done in spring.

I did this with a very sharp knife and a piece of scotch tape. I found it easier to cut the scion (the top part of the final product) first then trace it to get the exact matching shape on the stock (the bottom part of the final product). I them matched them up as well as i could and taped them in place.