Traditionally, we are accustomed to hang clocks using nails and screws. There are many strong double sided tapes available in the market. However, double sided tapes cannot be used for hanging clocks because clocks have to be removed for changing batteries and adjusting time. In this blog we discuss how to hang a clock without drilling or damaging the wall and without using nails or screws. You can do it yourself by using KLAPiT – your 21st century screw. Most of the clocks are below 1 Kg in weight. You only need 2 KLAPiTs to hang these on your walls. If your clock weighs more than that, you should use two additional KLAPiTs for every 1Kg. Hanging a clock without nails or screws will save you labor and protect your walls from damages caused by drilling.
Hang a clock without nails of screws (below 1 Kg)
STEP 1 Decide where to place your Clock?
- Select a few options on the wall where the clock should be fixed.
- The most important consideration for a good placement of a clock is that it should be visible from all the places in the room.
- Hold the clock against the wall. It is worth spending some time on this. You should consider the placement of furnishings in the room, lighting, color match and visibility from different parts of the room.
- If you have a friend or a family member around, ask them to watch it from a distance while you hold the clock. They can guide you about the symmetry of the clock against the structure of the wall and placement of other objects such as paintings, shelves, curtains etc.
- Hold the clock against the wall in the desired place and make small marks with a pencil in the middle of the top and the left edge of the clock. Then go back and visualize the clock there to estimate the symmetry against the wall and other objects.
- You can erase the pencil marks after you hang your clock on the wall.
STEP 2 Mark where to install the steel tapes
- Mark the frame of the clock
- Using a measuring tape, find the center on the top edge of the clock frame.
- Mark a point 1.3 cm to the left of the center and call it “T”.
- Similarly mark a point 1.3 cm to the left of the center of the bottom edge and call it “B”
- Mark the Wall
- Place the clock between the left edge and the top edge marks on the wall, placed in STEP 1 above.
- Make marks similar to “T” and “B” marks created on the frame of the clock.
STEP 3 Open the pack of KLAPiT
- Open the 2pc Pack of KLAPiT
- You will find inside 2 pairs of KLAPiT. Each Pair contains
- Alpha Steel Tape (White Steel tape with an adhesive covered by a liner on one side)
- Beta Steel Tape (Same as Alpha Steel Tape)
- NED Magnet
STEP 4 Install the two Beta Steel Tapes on the Clock
- Place the Clock on a hard surface with its back facing you.
- Remove the liner from the first Beta Steel Tape and place it on the clock frame so that the left of the Beta Steel Tape touches the “T” mark on top edge of the frame.
- Remove the liner from the second Beta Steel Tape and place it on the clock frame so that the left of the Beta Steel Tape touches the “B” mark on the bottom edge of the frame.
- Press both the steel tapes firmly against the frame. The harder you press, the stronger will be the bond between the frame and the steel tapes.
- Leave the clock for at least 30 minutes for the adhesive bond to strengthen.
STEP 5 Install Alpha Steel Tape on the wall
- Remove the liner from the first Alpha Steel Tape and place it on the wall so that the left Alpha Steel Tape touches the “T” mark on the wall.
- Remove the liner from the second Alpha Steel Tape and place it on the wall so that the left Alpha Steel Tape touches the “B” mark on the wall.
- Press both the steel tapes firmly against the wall. The harder you press, the stronger will be the bond between the wall and the steel tapes.
- Leave the steel tapes on the wall for at least 30 minutes for the adhesive bond to strengthen.
STEP 6 Install the Clock on the wall
- Attach the NED Magnet to the Beta Steel Tape.
- Pick the clock and attach the it to the wall so that the NED magnet is between the two steel tapes.
- You can adjust the clock by moving it clockwise or anticlockwise without pulling.
Removing the clock
The clock is held against the wall using a strong magnetic force and a very strong VHB adhesive. To remove the clock, slide it down, up or on either of the two sides. Remember not to pull the clock or else it may damage either the surface of the wall or that of the clock.
After you remove your clock, you can use NED Magnet with another product in the same place. You can also attach the NED Magnet to the clock and hang it on another wall which has an Alpha Steel Tape.
How to hang a larger clock (more than 1 Kg) without nails or screws and without drilling or damaging the walls?
If the clock is between 1 Kg and 2 Kg, it will mean that you need to use 4 KLAPiTs. Install one Beta Steel Tape on each corner of the clock and the respective Alpha Steel Tape at the corresponding places on the wall. Do these installations exactly as mentioned in Steps 4 and 5 above. Follow step 6 for installing the clock and step 7 for removing it from the wall.
In order to hang clocks which are heavier than 2Kg, add four Beta steel tapes to the four corners of the clock. Then, add 2 beta steel tapes for every 1 Kg of weight on the edges of the clock. For example, if the clock weighs between 2Kg and 3Kg, you should install the two additional beta steel tapes – one at the center of the top edge and the other at the center of the bottom edge. And for the clocks weighing between 3Kg and 4Kg, the 7th and the 8th steel tapes will be installed at the center of each of the side edges and so on.
Install Steel tapes only on the flat and hard surfaces on the clock and the wall. If there are any pins, paper or existing screws on the clock, please remove them before installing the steel tapes. Also, please do not install the steel tapes on the existing holes. The steel tape needs strong surface to bond with. For further details please refer to our blog on common errors while installing KLAPiT.
Can all kinds of clocks be installed using KLAPiT?
Only the clocks which have a strong frame or a board behind them can be hung using KLAPiT. You need a strong hard surface on which you can install the Beta steel tapes in KLAPiT.
Can I install the Beta steel tape on the clock machine?
Clock machine has a strong surface on which the beta steel tape can be firmly installed. However, KLAPiT uses super strong NED magnet between the Beta steel tape on the clock and the Alpha steel tape on the wall. The magnetic field affects the steel parts of the clock machine, causing the clock to stop. Therefore, it is not advised to use the beta steel tape on the machine.
My clock has a steel frame that can directly attach to the NED magnet. Do I still have to use beta steel tape on the steel frame?
Usually, the metal frames are coated with normal paints to give them a smooth finish. These paints have weak friction causing the magnet on the metal surface of the clock. In KLAPiT we use special coating material on the steel tapes that enhances friction and stops the NED magnet to slide freely. Therefore, we recommend that you should fix the beta steel tape on the clock frame, even if it is made of steel.