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Hanging Deer Mounts on Plaster Walls

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Meagan, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Meagan

    Meagan New Member

    The two deer I had worked on while doing an apprenticeship with a taxidermist as now back at my house. However, the home we live in is over 115 years old and has plaster walls. Any good ideas/tips on hanging them? There are no studs at the surface, so any ideas on how to hang them without tearing down the walls would be greatly appreciated. I have a mule deer buck and a white-tailed doe that need to be hung.
  2. J Cook

    J Cook Cook Taxidermy

    Maybe drill hole and use the expanding anchor bolt

  3. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    try finding a stud with a stud finder. drill a hole and screw or hammer a nail in it.
  4. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    I have plaster walls and use the plastic expanding anchors, not sure which size but they've held for 14+ years so far.

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  5. Use a plastic screw anchor rated for 10 to 20 pounds more than the weight of the mount. Ive got a whitetail on plaster wall and have never had an issue.
  6. AJH

    AJH Member

    Plastic threaded Plaster anchors. The bigger the better. These always worked well for me. Most of the weight is downward and not out.

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  7. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Forget those plastic augurs. In a house that old, you're asking for trouble. You'll need to attach a decorative rope/wire to the rafter cap on the wall. Run a 3 inch screw horizontally at the ceiling and attach your rope/wire there.
  8. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    George, as I stated earlier, I use plastic close to what's pictured above with zero problems for the past 15 yrs. Nothing bigger than deer, though. My house was built in 1903.

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  9. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    George is right: If you use anchors in plaster or drywall, it is a recipe for disaster. There is a lot of outward pressure from hanging a mount. I've repaired a bunch of mounts that fell from anchors giving way. There are studs under plaster. You need to find them and secure a heavy enough screw or nail into the stud. Otherwise, do as George says.

  10. They are called Zip-Its. And, the make em in metal too. I have used them in old houses before. Works just fine through old plaster/ship lap walls. Just be sure to pre drill a small hole before you insert so you don't risk "chipping" the plaster. Should be able to pick em up at Home Depot, Lowes, Etc...
  11. wright

    wright Timothy Wright

    measure from a corner, STUDS should be 16, 18 or 24 inches on center, take a small long finish nail and test at those marks somewhere it won't show or can easily be repaired. once you find stud use a level to put hole where needed, again use the finish nail to make sure you are still on stud. then use a screw.

    1. Old house stud should be the full 2 inches.
    2. Soap your screw or it could twist off cause the studs are real wood.
    3. wal lah.
  12. Meagan

    Meagan New Member

    Thanks everyone!!! I will have to see where those studs are in the room, and if anything do what George said and run a wire through the ceiling.
  13. ortegageno

    ortegageno Active Member

    I highly doubt that a house built before 1900 would have the studs on 16,28 or 24 centers. Heck the tape measure was not produced till 1920 ish. Maybe they were like the Romans and used leather marked strips to measure. Im sure that they are consistent but doughy they are 16,18 or 24. No codes back then.
  14. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I was thinking the same thing Hammer. I grew up in houses like that. Many plaster walls were put in after the house was finished. Most of those old homes were built with 4 "main rooms" and then later divided. My grandmother's house didn have vertical studs in one of those plastered rooms. It had two horizontal stringers that slats had been nailed vertically cover and then papered and plastered. That's why I suggestd the cap.
  15. wright

    wright Timothy Wright

    well they might have not used a tape measure, but i am betting they used some type of measuring device. guess all the plaster walls that i have torn out and replaced (including my parents house that was built in the mid 1800's) as a former carpenter were just thrown together shacks. i understand it depends on what area the house was built in. north, south, east or west. i was just giving my opinion of a way to find a stud.
  16. JerseyJays

    JerseyJays Well-Known Member

    Lol I have them hanging with a screw just burried into the plaster and the wood lath ... Holds fine. Just make sure the screw didn't hit a seam or split the lath. Sink the screw to desired depth and grab it and give it a yank.. If it feels locked in don't sweat it it's not going anywhere.
  17. TLN

    TLN Member

    x2 mine was built in 1918
  18. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Stud spacings can be very random in old houses. We tore down an old house when I was a kid that had 4 x 4's spaced 4 feet apart. There were bees in the outer walls, and the honeycombs were 4' x 10'! Boxes and boxes of honey came from those walls!
  19. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member