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    Hey, so I built a couple of acoustic panels for my backwall. They're 6' (w) x 4' (h) x 4" (d). I haven't weighed them, but they're not light. I built a wooden frame around them, and they're backed by pegboard. Picture of one included. It's the big black rectangle behind the Bandmaster.

    I want a little bit of separation between the wall and the panel. 3-4" should suffice. So here's where it starts to get tricky.

    The walls have a chair rail around them. It's kinda nice in the sense that it helps me get that gap between the panel and the wall. BUT, what I'm particularly concerned about is how to hang them in a manner that doesn't put too much stress on the wall.

    I was thinking about simply using my stud finder and screwing directly into the studs and hanging them onto the screws. But given that the screws won't be flush against the walls (they'll stick out about 3-4"), I'm afraid that there will be too much stress and they'll come out, taking a chunk of drywall and stud with them. Know what I mean?

    What's a good way to hang a big panel like this on a wall, with a few inches of gap between the wall and the panel? One that won't tear the wall down in the process?

    Thanks, forum!

    Acoustic panel (behind the Bandmaster). Notice the chair rail on the wall.
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  • #2
    How much would you say the panels weigh?

    Can you mount some spacers to the rear of the panels to space them away from the walls a bit?

    Can you attach eye hooks to the panels? Maybe you can hang them from a couple of monkey hooks?
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    • #3
      Gorilla hooks can hold up to 75 pounds each... you'd be surprised by how much weight a pair of them can safely hold up.

      http://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Hook-P.../dp/B0019CHDKI

      Oh, and while it's a very lightweight panel, and I'm using foam as the spacer, this photo may give you some ideas.

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      - George Carlin

      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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      • #4
        Hmm ... yeah, that's a pretty good idea. I think maybe I'll attach some sort of horizontal "brace" along the top of the back of the panel. The only logistical problem there might come from figuring out a good way to attach it. I'm gonna hafta be careful about where I screw it in, 'cause there are already quite a number of screws in the back (in the corners from building the frame and along the edge for attaching the grill cloth). Measure twice, drill once, I suppose. Thanks for the idea! I think You're onto something.

        I really like your use of foam back there. Cuts down on scuffs and scratches on the wall. Good trick!
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        • #5
          Take a strip of 1 x 2 just short of your panel width. Take off one corner at 45 degrees, say ending at 3/4"" of the face of it. Make a 2nd identical to the first. Mount the first piece exactly where you want the panel left to right. Finding your studs you can move the piece to or fro either way, then screw into at least 2 studs. The long face faces outward and the trimmed face against the wall. Point the "hook" upward.. You're creating a long hook. Mount the 2nd piece on the panel the same but the hook points downward. Then just hang the panel piece on the wall piece. All the panel's weight is distributed along that whole wide trimmed 1x2. Use a spacer if it's too thin compared to your existing trim lower on the wall.
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          • #6
            They make metal pre-fab units that are similar to what you're describing Lee. Apparently they're called "French Cleats" - you can get them at Home Depot...

            http://www.homedepot.com/p/OOK-Hangm...9?N=5yc1vZc2cu
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            "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

            - George Carlin

            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

            - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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            • #7
              Thanks for all the ideas, guys. Lee I saw your post a little too late, so I went with something close to what Phil did. But Lee, reading your post game me the "no duh" idea. I should mark the "spacer" board BEFORE I attach it to the panel. So I don't have to measure my hooks while holding up an acoustic panel. Geez, sometimes I do stupid things. Anyway, with the spacer and the hook/eye attachment, I'm able to have about a 4.5 inch gap between the wall and the panel. Which is nice. Hooks are screwed directly into the studs. So I got some pretty beefy hooks. What do you think? Next, it'll be joined by 2x4 panels on either side. Then I'll tackle the corners.
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              • #8
                Looks good! I'd use some felt or foam pads on the back (if you haven't already) to prevent scratching the chair rail.

                Keep us posted when you get to the corner traps!
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                - George Carlin

                "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                • #9
                  I cut small pieces of PVC piping as spacers and use molly bolts to hang the panel. I used more than needed to help spread the stress on the wall. Been working fine.
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