The best way to hang a whiteboard on a concrete wall is to use screws secured with masonry anchors. Set your masonry anchors by marking the places on the wall where the screws must be inserted to secure the whiteboard. Then, use a masonry drill bit to pre-drill holes for the anchors. Gently hammer the masonry anchors into the drilled holes. Once this is complete, you can drive screws into the anchors and hang your whiteboard.
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5 Steps for Hanging a Whiteboard on a Concrete Wall
Concrete walls can seem daunting when it comes time to hanging large items, such as whiteboards. In actuality, hanging a whiteboard of any size on a concrete wall can be simple, secure, and hassle-free. One big positive with concrete walls is that you can hang your dry erase board anywhere, which means no searching for wall studs. In order to hang your whiteboard on concrete quickly and easily, follow these steps:
Measure and Mark
Before you begin drilling any holes into your concrete wall, first determine precisely where you want the whiteboard to be once it’s hung. Then, look closely at your whiteboard to see how it attaches to the wall. Do the screws go through the frame of the whiteboard into the wall behind? Or do you attach brackets to the wall that will then hold the weight of the dry erase board? Once you’ve determined this, measure the spacing of these holes carefully.
- Before marking the wall, measure and determine where the whiteboard should be hung.
- Use a pencil to mark the wall at the points where screws must be driven in to hang the whiteboard.
- If possible, have an assistant hold the whiteboard up to the wall so you can mark the screw holes.
- Make sure your planned holes are level, so that the whiteboard will not hang at an angle.
It helps to have an assistant during this process so that one person can hold the board level and in place while the other marks the wall where the screw holes must be drilled. If you don’t have a helper on hand, simply measure the distance between the screw holes and carefully mark the concrete wall with a pencil or marker accordingly. This way, you will know precisely where to drill.
Drill Pilot Holes
Once you have marked the places where screws need to be driven into the concrete to hold the whiteboard, you will need to drill pilot holes for the masonry anchors. For this task, it’s best to purchase a masonry anchor kit that includes anchors, screws, and a masonry drill bit. Use either a hammer drill or a regular drill equipped with a masonry bit. Drill a pilot hole at each point where you marked the concrete wall in the previous step.
- Use a drill equipped with a masonry bit to drill pilot holes at the points marked in step 1.
- This masonry hanging kit comes with a masonry bit perfectly sized for the anchors.
- Masonry drill bits and anchors work for concrete walls, as well as cinder block and brick.
Keep in mind that methods designed for concrete walls also work well for other types of masonry. Cinder block (CMU) and brick walls should be treated the same way as concrete.
Set Masonry Anchors
Use a hammer to tap a masonry anchor into place in each pilot hole. The anchor should be able to be driven flush with the wall without bending or breaking the anchor itself. Don’t be too concerned if it seems easy to hammer the anchors into place. Once the screws are driven in, the anchors will expand and grip the masonry.
- Hammer a blue plastic masonry anchor into each pilot hole.
- Be careful not to bend or break the anchors when hammering them in.
- Do not use anchors designed for drywall or other materials—they won’t work for concrete walls.
Masonry anchors must be used when hanging a whiteboard on concrete. Anchors designed for drywall will not function properly in a concrete wall and will pull out, causing your whiteboard to fall. Masonry anchors are typically blue, so search for blue plastic anchors when shopping for the right materials.
Drive Screws Into Anchors
Now that your anchors are in place, it’s time to drive the screws into them. If you are hanging a whiteboard via brackets, set the brackets and secure them by driving screws into the masonry anchors.
- Drive screws directly into anchors if your whiteboard hangs from hooks on its back.
- If brackets are required to hang your board, secure them to the wall with screws driven into anchors.
- If your whiteboard attaches directly to the wall via holes in the frame, hang your whiteboard during this step.
If you have a whiteboard that is secured by screws that go directly through the frame and into the wall, this is the point where you will hang your whiteboard. Make sure to drive screws in firmly to keep your whiteboard snug to the wall.
Hang Your Whiteboard
It pays to keep a level handy while hanging your whiteboard. Check and re-check the level of the whiteboard as you hang it, making sure that the finished product hangs as desired. If necessary, you can drill a new pilot hole and set another anchor to correct a whiteboard that isn’t level.
- While hanging your whiteboard, use a level to make sure the whiteboard is hanging properly.
- Repeat steps 1–4 if a new hole to correct the level of the whiteboard.
- Don’t rely on distance from the floor or ceiling to determine if the whiteboard is level—floors and ceilings may be slightly sloped.
It’s tempting to simply measure the distance from the floor to a screw hole to set a straight line for your whiteboard, but this may not always work. Floors and ceilings are prone to slight slopes. Your best bet is to use this carpenter’s level to make sure the whiteboard hangs properly.
How Do You Hang a Whiteboard on Concrete Without Drilling?
The most secure and simplest way to hang a whiteboard on concrete is by using masonry anchors and screws. This method is easy for beginners. Also, it does very little damage to the wall itself. If this isn’t an option, you will need to use a heavy-duty adhesive to keep a whiteboard in place on concrete.
- When possible, use masonry anchors and screws to hang a whiteboard.
- If necessary, use this high-strength adhesive to hang a whiteboard on your wall.
- Keep in mind, adhesive will make removing or changing the position of your whiteboard very difficult.
Before you decide to hang your whiteboard without drilling, keep in mind that your solution will have to include adhesive. Although this means you won’t put holes in your wall, hanging a whiteboard with adhesive can be messy. Not only that, it’s very permanent. Removing or moving your whiteboard in the future could become a very tough chore.
Will Command Strips Hold a Whiteboard on Concrete?
A mild adhesive, such as those found on most adhesive strips, will not properly secure your whiteboard to concrete. Concrete is porous, with small irregularities on its surface. This makes it hard for adhesive strips to grip the concrete. In most cases, they will pull off and your dry erase board will come crashing down.
- Adhesive strips are not effective for hanging whiteboards on concrete.
- The irregular surface of concrete causes adhesive strips to peel off the wall.
- Instead of adhesive strips, opt for masonry anchors and screws.
You’ll save time, effort, and a few headaches in the long run by hanging your bulletin board with screws set into masonry bits. This may seem like overkill for a small whiteboard, but a pair of screws will hold up ten times better than a dozen adhesive strips.
How Do You Hang a Whiteboard on a Concrete or Brick Wall?
Hanging a whiteboard of any size on a masonry wall is straightforward and easy to do yourself. To complete this job:
- Determine where you want to hang your whiteboard.
- Mark the wall at all the points where screws will need to be driven in to hold the whiteboard.
- Drill pilot holes into the concrete at all the points you marked.
- Hammer masonry anchors into the pilot holes.
- Drive screws into the anchors to secure the whiteboard to the wall.
- Verify that your whiteboard is level and strongly fastened to the wall.
With just a few tools, you can conquer the daunting task of hanging big items on a concrete or brick wall. With the right process, the job will go quickly and the results will be sturdy.