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Command strips: Mess free hanging

Published August 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Are you one of those people who love having family photographs hung up on wall around your home? Or perhaps a bit of art work or even a few hooks here and there! Well I do too, but I hate putting them up. They never seem to hang easy, the holes either too big or small or not in the right place, or the hanging hooks won't go in or something else. Plus holes make the walls look awful after a while too.

Luckily all that hanging fuss is now a thing of the past for me , since I discovered the range of 3M Command strips.

These save the need for screws, hooks, drills and nails. They can be purchased in supermarkets, diy stores and Amazon. They come in many different forms for multiple uses both inside and outside the home. They include hooks, clips, picture hanging strips and more.

Hanging pictures, no matter the size is now super easy. The hanging strips even come in various sizes with weight guidance on the packets. The size and weight of the picture to be hung determines how many strips are needed. The lighter pictures need just one.

The strips come in pairs, both parts of the strip need joining together, they have like a plastic clip together part and peel off sticky sides. One side goes on the back of the picture like this.

Then the other side is peeled and the picture attached to the wall, press for 30 seconds and then you need to carefully remove the picture so that the strip can bond to the wall, then reconnect the picture. This sounds slightly complicated but it really isn't.

And Ta-Da! The picture is on the wall and there is probably much less chance of it falling off than if it was hung the more traditional way with hooks.

The strips can even be removed from the wall easily when no longer required by way of a special pull tab. I have not tried to remove so I can't comment on how easy this is. But at least it doesn't leave an unsightly hole or cause any damage to the wall plaster.

Command strips can be used on many surfaces including painted walls and even outside surfaces on some packs. They aren't really suitable for walls with wallpaper and I wouldn't risk trying it on mine as I paid a fair bit for the wallpaper I have.

These decorating clips are being saved for Halloween or Christmas.

They look perfect for hanging decorations or holding small lights, something I really struggle with yearly! I hate sore thumbs from those awful drawing pins and the very thought of standing on one! Ouch!!!

The hooks look good for coats or kitchen bits too and there are many more command strip products viewable on Command UK website.

Products vary in price.

My first attempt at decorating 

Published January 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I am probably the most anti-diy person in the world; but I have come to realize that if I really want something doing then I have to try it myself, either that or pay someone a ridiculous amount to do it for me. 

I have been wanting my hallway redone for ages as it’s not been touched at all since we moved in. I did the majority of painting before Christmas which was not too difficult and now attempting the wallpapering a bit at a time. As I have never done it before, I don’t think I’ve done too bad a job.


I purchased both the wallpaper and the paint from Graham Brown, both in the sale.

The wallpaper is paste the wall. I can’t really do a comparison to the normal paste the paper type as I’ve not used it. However from just watching others decorate this paste the wall type paper looks so much easier. No decorating table is needed, no measuring each piece and no sponging. I just pasted the wall and hung it. The hardest part for me was cutting away the excess around the edges.

I will post more pictures once the rest is done. Now I have the hang of it I may even do the rest of the house myself too. 

Oh and I highly recommend ready mixed wallpaper paste too rather than attempting to mix your own.

Hang anything with “Takker”

Published February 12, 2015 by Bizzimummy

I was born without DIY skills of any sort. Any minor attempts at any sort of decorating, fixing or home improvement ends in disaster. I often drop light bulbs when changing them, I have no idea how to change a plug, I can’t hang wallpaper and I’m pretty hopeless at even hanging pictures too. If you don’t believe me just look what happened to my wall!

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This was my Christmas disaster and my attempt to hang a Christmas canvas print on the wall. I used a small hammer and hook. The wall plaster split and now the wall is a mess. Needless to say the Christmas picture got placed on the radiator instead.

Now if only I had one of these before Christmas!

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This little gadget is a Hardwall Takker from the Takker Company. This little gadget is an absolute godsend for people like me and its a shame I had not come across it earlier. It would of saved so many disasters.

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The Hardwall Takker is the perfect solution for hanging almost anything, be it pictures, canvas, clocks, mirrors or any household items, this is the thing to do it. It replaces the need for hammers, nails, screwdrivers and electric drills and needs no plug or batteries. The device itself is small and lightweight and can be stored away in a drawer. It comes with the following.

1 x Hardwall Takker (with Drill Bit)
24 x Hardwall Takks
4 x Brass Plated Picture Hooks
4 x Brass Plated Canvas Print Hangers
2 x Medium Multi-Purpose Hooks

Replacement hooks and accessories can easily be purchased on the website too.

I have recently received a beautiful canvas print of my 3 children which I really wanted on the wall. I also needed my Christmas mishap covering up so therefore decided to hang the canvas over the hole. As I am rubbish at any sort of hanging job I was a little apprehensive about even using the Takker. “What if I get the hole wrong” , “What if the wall falls down” yes random silly pre DIY attempt thoughts in my head.

The Takker works by way of a drill bit which is cleverly positioned bottom centre of the device.

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To use the Takker, it’s best to first mark a hole. Then position the drill bit on the hole.

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Take a deep breath! And turn the handle clockwise.

So I turned the handle and thought to myself “nothing is happening” I couldn’t hear anything I could not feel any pressure like a wall being drilled. I thought I must be doing something wrong so I pulled the Takker away from the wall and to my utter surprise!

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Ha ha there was a hole. It was so simple I did not even realised a hole had been made. It took about 5/10 seconds to do too.
The holes are 3mm wide and up to 12mm deep on any hard surface. Once the hole is drilled a white tack can then be inserted with ease like this.

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Then one of the hook accessories over the tack. In this case it’s a canvas print hanger. As you can see I am hanging this over the awful hole I created previously with hammer and hook.

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The canvas print hanger actually reduces the need of hammering anything into the precious canvas prints. The sharp teeth of the hanger grip the back of it, allowing it to hang without extra hooks or wires. Now my canvas is hung and the wall disaster is covered up too. All in less than a minute.

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One Takk can hold up to 12Kgs/27lbs when used with the Takker Multi-Purpose Hook. That’s a lot of weight. I have not used the multipurpose hooks yet but they do seem very strong and durable.
Takker is Suitable for brick, concrete block, mortar, plaster, wood and ceramic tiles and I believe it can even be used for making holes in outside walls. This will be useful in Summer for hanging baskets and outdoor accessories.
With the supplied picture hooks I am now able to hang some much needed photographs and pictures throughout my home which I was extremely wary of doing so before. Of course next Christmas will be an absolute doddle now I have this amazing little gadget to hang everything with.

The Hardwall Takker multipurpose hanging kit costs just £22.49. Much cheaper than a drill, hammer and nails and does the job so much easier.
Buy from Takker.com
Full instructions supplied, make sure you read them first.

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