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hanging clay pots

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Forrest, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    I need some ideas about how to hang clay pots. I would like to hang them on a grate wall (in my gh). I have tried the through the bottom hole method, and I have tried making a little clip, which I like but takes strong wire to hold.

    Anyone have any ideas on how I can do this, I have the galvanized wire that the plant hangers are made out of, and zip ties.
     
  2. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    Get a masonry drill bit and drill a hole in the top rim. Worked for me.
     
  3. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    fantastic idea.

    Thanks Dale.
     
  4. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I use clay saucers and drill holes with a masonry bit also. Works quite well.

    Bulbophyllum pugilanthum.
     
  5. Dale

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    Use a lot of water for cooling when you use that drill bit, Forrest. Even then, it get hotter than... well, it gets really hot. That's what my dumb-ass friend told me, anyway.
     
  6. Karen

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    lothianjavert New Member

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    Get some nice, heavy tie-wire for drop ceilings, and a good pair of pliers-- not the roll, the hardened stuff that comes in straight lengths. Then, bend into the shape that you see under the "single orchid hangers" photo on the link previously posted. :) Takes a little practice, but works great. Steve is better (and faster) at it than I am, but I can get a functional hanger. His look exactly like the photo-- just as even/perfect.
     
  8. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    thanks. those are actually the "clips" I was referring to. I can make them pretty good, but it takes a heavy gauge wire to stay in place. Maybe I will go look for some of that.
     
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    If you don't want to make them yourself, I have made 2 "single" pot hangers out of one. There are pot hangers with 2 clip ons at the end, the heavy wire is wound into a triangle shape with a "lip". I cut off both ends, curve the end into a hook and voila! These hangers are made to clip on to clay pots and are very sturdy.
    Peter T.
     
  10. Marni

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    I have been looking for straight heavy wire, can't find it at hardware stores nor at Reliable Steel. Was I just not asking for the right thing? Where is this sold?
     
  11. Dale

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    It's pretty easy to straighten coiled wire. Clamp one end of the wire in a vise and chuck the other end in a drill. Extend the wire as far as you can without pulling it from the drill chuck. Turn the drill on for a few seconds and the wire should be straight when you release it. If it's not, turn the drill on for a bit longer.
     
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    Thanks, Dale. I've been shown how to do it, but have had less than stellar success. I may have to try again. It was a hook not a vise that was suggested. Your way sounds more secure. I have the vise, I just have to fix it to something.
     
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    Those wall hanges are pretty neat looking. I'm gonna have to make some of those. Thanks for the link Karen.
     
  14. Candace

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    I also buy those Kelly's Corner ones. They also work for s/h pots.
     
  15. Karen

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    I wonder if you could make a jig/pattern for the wire & make these easier to do at home?
    Using Dale's drill technique.....
     
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    For some reason the rolls of tie-wire I've purchased have been softer and more malleable than the straight tie-wires. It's easier to work with, however it doesn't hold as well, especially for heavy pots/plants. Because it's softer, it's quite easy to straighten. I find the softer stuff easier to work with, but I don't have a lot of hand strength.

    As for finding it... Home Depot usually has it, and I'd imagine that most hardware chains that carry drop ceilings would as well. It's generally near where you would find the drop ceiling tiles, though not usually in a particularly conspicuous spot. Asking people at HD doesn't always work, most seem pretty clueless as to where things are... or even -what- you are asking for is/is used for.
     
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    I agree with Candace...Kelly's Corner has the best price for their hangers..I have never had any trouble with falling pots whether inside our outside.
    Good luck
    Jim
     
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    EdM Member in Good Standing

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    I too use these straight pieces of drop-ceiling tie-wires. They come in 6 foot lengths which is just about right for most pot hangers. I've found you have to ask someone for them, but they are usually pretty close to the other drop-ceiling supplies. If you're going to make a lot of hangers you could probably make a die out of a 2x6 and some large finishing nails.