Friday, July 12, 2013

Let's Talk About Concrete Walls

It seems like nearly every teacher with concrete walls has faced the dreaded experience of returning to school in the morning only to find posters scattered across the floor. So, just how do you attach stuff to concrete walls short of using screws and nails?


I have three favorite ways to attach things to my concrete walls. If I need the item to stay up all year I usually use hot glue. I will hot glue covered clothespins to the walls to create permanent display spots. Then I can swap out materials easily. With a cordless glue gun like this one I don't even have to worry about being close to an outlet.
3M makes Command Strips & Hooks that work great for hanging up my pocket charts, buckets, and other slightly heavier objects. They also make a hook and loop version that works well for hanging posters. I can attach some hook and loop tape on the back of posters and switch them out anytime I want.
Stikki Clips are perfect for items like essential questions, unit vocabulary, and word wall words that need switched out frequently. You can use them for items that need to stay up all year too.
 
Do you use these too?  Have you found another trick that works in your classroom? I'd love to hear what works for you in the comments.

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13 comments:

  1. Hot glue works?! Seriously! SWEET! Thank you! I'm going to give that a try this year. I've got some really stubborn spots in my classroom that drive me crazy. And I LOVE the idea of using hot clue on clothespins. Ahhh...the ideas we can get from technology allowing us to communicate with one another. Thank you!!

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  2. I found a tape called Mavalus tape which will pretty much keep anything up on the walls. Sometimes the work I hang falls off the tape but the tape stays STUCK TO THE WALL! I buy it at a local teacher store. It's not cheap but when it gets hot and humid and I don't want to get up put things up again and again, I splurge on this stuff.
    Sidney

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  3. Double sided duck tape works wonders in the classroom for items that will be up long term.

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  4. Double sided duck tape works wonders in the classroom for items that will be up long term.

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  5. I use self stick velcro on small items!

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  6. Doesn't the hot glue take the paint off the wall..? Just asking because I'd like to try that one. :)

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    1. I've tried it before. It does take the paint off.

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  7. When you're ready to remove the hot glue, soften with a hair dryer

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  8. Use a small paint scraper and pop the glue off. Works best if you use many dime to nickel size globs instead of huge globs.Don't push too hard to the wall so the glue keeps a roundness at the edge that the scraper can get under to gently pop off.

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  9. Use a small paint scraper and pop the glue off. Works best if you use many dime to nickel size globs instead of huge globs.Don't push too hard to the wall so the glue keeps a roundness at the edge that the scraper can get under to gently pop off.

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  11. Put Painter's tape on the wall and then hot glue what ever item you want to the painters tape. When you are ready to take it off just pull off the painter's tape. This causes no damage to your walls from the hot glue...

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  12. Put Painter's tape on the wall and then hot glue what ever item you want to the painters tape. When you are ready to take it off just pull off the painter's tape. This causes no damage to your walls from the hot glue...

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