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Install a Swag Hook

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Swag hooks are often used to support plants and light fixtures that hang by a chain. Installing a swag hook can be tricky, but here's what you need to know how to do it right and ensure that it stays put. It's important to remember that the swag hook itself will probably support more weight than you'd ever consider putting on it, but the hardware the hook is secured with and materials it is secured to will give out much sooner.
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Swag hooks are often used to support plants and light fixtures that hang by a chain. Installing a swag hook can be tricky, but here's what you need to know how to do it right and ensure that it stays put. It's important to remember that the swag hook itself will probably support more weight than you'd ever consider putting on it, but the hardware the hook is secured with and materials it is secured to will give out much sooner.
   
   
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== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
# Consider the weight of the object hung by the hook. If swag hook should fall, will someone get hurt or will an expensive piece of furniture, be damaged?  If a plant, consider how much heavier it will become after watering, and if over watered, will the overflow damage electrical / electronic devices below?<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoEUviHbscU</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 1.jpg|center]]
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# Consider the weight of the object hung by the hook. If swag hook should fall, will someone get hurt or will an expensive piece of furniture, etc. be damaged?  If a plant, consider how much heavier it will become after watering, and if over watered, will the overflow damage electrical / electronic devices below?<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoEUviHbscU</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 1.jpg|center]]
# Determine installation hardware to be used, based on support material. A typical hook will have a threaded hole, and be provided with inserts that thread into this hole. One insert will be threaded with fine threads on one end, and wider threads and a point at the other end. This insert is designed to be used when screwed directly into wood or plastic anchor (some times called a "molly") that has been pressed into a drilled hole in brick, concrete, (not wallboard!).  An other insert is a 2 or 3 (or longer) inch threaded rod threads running the entire length, lacking a point. It is works with a spring loaded wing-like nut, and is called a "toggle" (or sometimes a "butterfly") nut. Many manufacturers include them for different uses and identify them for use in wallboard. They are actually designed for use in ''hollow walls'' constructed of durable materials such as ''cinder block''. They have better success when used in vertical wallboard installations for light loads, but use in ceilings should be discouraged except the very lightest loads.<ref>https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/how-to-swag-a-light-fixture/</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 2.jpg|center]]
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# Determine installation hardware to be used, based on support material. A typical hook will have a threaded hole, and be provided with inserts that thread into this hole. One insert will be threaded with fine threads on one end, and wider threads and a point at the other end. This insert is designed to be used when screwed directly into wood or plastic anchor (some times called a "molly") that has been pressed into a drilled hole in brick, concrete, etc. (not wallboard!).  An other insert is a 2 or 3 (or longer) inch threaded rod - threads running the entire length, lacking a point. It is works with a spring loaded wing-like nut, and is called a "toggle" (or sometimes a "butterfly") nut. Many manufacturers include them for different uses and identify them for use in wallboard. They are actually designed for use in ''hollow walls'' constructed of durable materials such as ''cinder block''. They have better success when used in vertical wallboard installations for light loads, but use in ceilings should be discouraged except the very lightest loads.<ref>https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/how-to-swag-a-light-fixture/</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 2.jpg|center]]
 
=== Install in Wood ===
 
=== Install in Wood ===
# To support a fixture or plant from a ceiling, the only method for safely installing a swag hook should be apparent as the type secured into wood.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XonbqB6mZ3I</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 3.jpg|center]]
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# To support a fixture or plant from a ceiling, the only method for safely installing a swag hook should be apparent as the type secured into wood.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XonbqB6mZ3I</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 3.jpg|center]]
# Locate wood strapping or joists in the ceiling nearest the desired location with a commercially available stud finder. Follow the instructions included for proper use.<ref>https://www.diyforums.net/put-a-swag-hook-on-my-ceiling-besides-a-light-fixture-487006.html</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 4.jpg|center]]
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# Locate wood strapping or joists in the ceiling nearest the desired location with a commercially available stud finder. Follow the instructions included for proper use.<ref>https://www.diyforums.net/put-a-swag-hook-on-my-ceiling-besides-a-light-fixture-487006.html</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 4.jpg|center]]
# Select a drill bit small enough that the resulting hole will be smaller than the thickness of the pointed end insert. This is done by holding the threaded insert behind the drill bit the threads should be fully visible from behind the bit. Select a smaller rather than larger bit. It is most important that not too much material be removed from the hole so that the threads can "grab".  Larger holes provide less gripping strength than smaller holes.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 5.jpg|center]]
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# Select a drill bit small enough that the resulting hole will be smaller than the thickness of the pointed end insert. This is done by holding the threaded insert behind the drill bit - the threads should be fully visible from behind the bit. Select a smaller rather than larger bit. It is most important that not too much material be removed from the hole so that the threads can "grab".  Larger holes provide less gripping strength than smaller holes.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 5.jpg|center]]
# Drill in the center of the strapping where found previously with the stud finder to a depth just longer than the pointed end threaded portion of the insert (approx 2").<ref>https://www.tryeverythingblog.com/how-to-install-pendant-light/</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 6.jpg|center]]
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# Drill in the center of the strapping where found previously with the stud finder to a depth just longer than the pointed end threaded portion of the insert (approx 2").<ref>https://www.tryeverythingblog.com/how-to-install-pendant-light/</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 6.jpg|center]]
# Thread the non-pointed end insert into the swag hook.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 7.jpg|center]]
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# Thread the non-pointed end insert into the swag hook.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 7.jpg|center]]
# Twist the swag into the freshly drilled hole until the flange or base of the hook is pressed tightly against the ceiling.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 8.jpg|center]]
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# Twist the swag into the freshly drilled hole until the flange or base of the hook is pressed tightly against the ceiling.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 8.jpg|center]]
# Once secured fully into the ceiling, apply downward pressure (greater than the weight of the fixture/plant) on the hook to test the "pull out" strength.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 9.jpg|center]]
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# Once secured fully into the ceiling, apply downward pressure (greater than the weight of the fixture / plant) on the hook to test the "pull out" strength.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 9.jpg|center]]
# If the swag pulls out verify the location of the strapping with the stud finder again and drill another hole with a smaller drill bit nearby and reinstall the swag. Repeat until the swag does not pull out.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 10 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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# If the swag pulls out - verify the location of the strapping with the stud finder again and drill another hole with a smaller drill bit nearby and reinstall the swag. Repeat until the swag does not pull out.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 10 Version 2.jpg|center]]
# Additional swags used to support the chain and power cord of a light fixture may be supported with the toggle bolt anywhere desired as this weight is a small fraction of the fixture.<ref>https://thediyplaybook.com/2014/02/hanging-swag-light.html</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 11.jpg|center]]
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# Additional swags used to support the chain and power cord of a light fixture may be supported with the toggle bolt anywhere desired - as this weight is a small fraction of the fixture.<ref>https://thediyplaybook.com/2014/02/hanging-swag-light.html</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 11.jpg|center]]
# Check for the presence of strapping or joists with the stud finder where additional swags are desired. If present, repeat the above procedure where needed.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 12.jpg|center]]
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# Check for the presence of strapping or joists with the stud finder where additional swags are desired. If present, repeat the above procedure where needed.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 12.jpg|center]]
 
=== Install in Wallboard ===
 
=== Install in Wallboard ===
# If no studs (wall installation) or strapping or joists (ceiling) are present, the toggle method can be used. This method requires that the threaded rod be installed into the the swag, and the the toggle nut is spun only so far that the threaded rod protrudes out of the end by about two or three threads. The toggle nut should be installed so that the wings can be depressed against the threaded rod (towards the base of the swag hook). This same method is used to suspend objects from hooks in the ceiling. When using this method for ceiling installations, only the lightest loads or ornamental type loads should be considered, as this support method is the least robust.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IuNkiiqhO4</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 13.jpg|center]]
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# If no studs (wall installation) or strapping or joists (ceiling) are present, the toggle method can be used. This method requires that the threaded rod be installed into the the swag, and the the toggle nut is spun only so far that the threaded rod protrudes out of the end by about two or three threads. The toggle nut should be installed so that the wings can be depressed against the threaded rod (towards the base of the swag hook). This same method is used to suspend objects from hooks in the ceiling. When using this method for ceiling installations, only the lightest loads or ornamental type loads should be considered, as this support method is the least robust.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IuNkiiqhO4</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 13.jpg|center]]
# While holding the wings against the threaded rod, determine the diameter of a hole that would be required to push the toggle nut through. Holes 1/2" or greater are not uncommon.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IuNkiiqhO4</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 14.jpg|center]]
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# While holding the wings against the threaded rod, determine the diameter of a hole that would be required to push the toggle nut through. Holes 1/2" or greater are not uncommon.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IuNkiiqhO4</ref>[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 14.jpg|center]]
# Drill into the ceiling only deep enough to penetrate the wallboard.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 15.jpg|center]]
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# Drill into the ceiling only deep enough to penetrate the wallboard.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 15.jpg|center]]
# Squeeze the toggle nut wings against the threaded rod, and press the toggle nut into the hole completely. Press the swag against the ceiling to ensure that the wings have popped open.  Twist the swag hook clockwise while ''gently'' pulling downward.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 16.jpg|center]]
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# Squeeze the toggle nut wings against the threaded rod, and press the toggle nut into the hole completely. Press the swag against the ceiling to ensure that the wings have popped open.  Twist the swag hook clockwise while ''gently'' pulling downward.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 16.jpg|center]]
# Twist the swag until the flange or base is firmly pressed against the ceiling.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 17.jpg|center]]
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# Twist the swag until the flange or base is firmly pressed against the ceiling.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 17.jpg|center]]
# Repeat for as many swags as needed.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 18.jpg|center]]
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# Repeat for as many swags as needed.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 18.jpg|center]]
 
=== Post-operative Procedure ===
 
=== Post-operative Procedure ===
# Hang the fixture/freshly watered plant on the swag hook keeping hands just underneath it so it may be caught should the load prove greater that the capacity of the swag hook hardware or mount method.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 19.jpg|center]]
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# Hang the fixture / freshly watered plant on the swag hook - keeping hands just underneath it - so it may be caught should the load prove greater that the capacity of the swag hook hardware or mount method.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 19.jpg|center]]
# Once satisfied the load can be safely held, connect any chain/power cord through any additional swags.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 20.jpg|center]]
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# Once satisfied the load can be safely held, connect any chain / power cord through any additional swags.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 20.jpg|center]]
# Check the swag regularly for indications of impending failure (bulging or cracking of ceiling around hook), and if found, take corrective action at once.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 21.jpg|center]]
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# Check the swag regularly for indications of impending failure (bulging or cracking of ceiling around hook), and if found, take corrective action at once.[[Image:Install a Swag Hook Step 21.jpg|center]]
   
   
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