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Forum topic by Blakep posted 12-15-2011 06:39 PM 2983 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2011 06:39 PM

I have to build a simple coat rack about 3’ long with 4 hooks that hangs on the wall. What would you guys recomend doing to the back to hang it with? Its for a customer and I don’t know where it will be placed in there home. I was thinking key holes 16” apart but that still doesn’t mean they will hit a stud depending on where they mount it. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 06:55 PM

Key holes are the way to go. If they can’t find a stud, you can offer to do it for a small fee, or just tell them to use anchors instead.

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 07:22 PM

What about spring toggles for dry walls? I’d conceal the fixing by putting the two outside hooks over the screws.

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 07:55 PM

Screws in studs

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 08:39 PM

Thanks for the advise guys. I will probably do as Brandon said and just go with the key holes on 16” centers. Jim if it were my home I would build it to fit and I would definitelly have screws hitting studs. The problem is this is for a lady that wants to give it to her brother for christmas and I have no idea of where its going in the home. It will be 3’ long and if he puts it on a large wall it won’t be a proplem but if he puts it on a 3 1/2’ wall then chances are my keyholes won’t hit a stud so he will have to use some kind of dry wall attachments. I guess I shouldn’t really be worried about it because the lady didn’t call until this morning and wants it before christmas so I am being nice and working into the nights trying to squeeze her in. She asked how long it would take and I told her after christmas and she said well I figured you kept some extras built (I have never built one of these so I don’t know where she got that idea). I told her everything I do is built upon request but I would squeeze her in since it is a simple design that she wanted. I needed to vent haha i’m just thinking about how busy this weekend and next week is going to be.

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#5 posted 01-26-2013 10:05 PM

Screws in studs as others suggested. Keyhole plates are nice but can be tricky when you need to align two keyhole plates with two screws on the back of the piece. Screws in studs are the most positive attachment and if you are lucky you can locate the screws under the coathooks or at the top through tabs attached to the back if there is a shelf on the top. You would not see the short clips along the top.

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#6 posted 01-26-2013 10:07 PM

Sorry, I didn’t realize this was and old post.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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