How To Install a Swag Hook

Plants and light fixture hanging by a chain are supported by swag hooks.Here are the steps you need to take to ensure that the hook stays put.The hardware the hook is secured with will give out much sooner than if you put it on it, so it’s important to remember that.

Step 1: Take the weight of the object into account.

Will someone get hurt or an expensive piece of furniture if the hook falls?Do you think it will be damaged?If a plant becomes heavier after watering, will the overflow damage electrical and electronic devices below?

Step 2: Installation hardware can be used based on support material.

A typical hook has a threaded hole and is provided with inserts that thread into it.One insert will have fine threads on one end and wider ones on the other end.The insert is designed to be used when the anchor is screwed directly into wood or plastic and pressed into a hole.Not a wallboard!A 2 or 3 inch threaded rod is an insert that does not have a point.It is called a “toggle” because it works with a spring loaded nut.They are identified for use in wallboard by many manufacturers.They are designed for use in hollow walls.When used in vertical wallboard installations for light loads, they have better success than in ceilings.

Step 3: If you want to support a fixture or plant from a ceiling, the only way to do it is with a swag hook secured into wood.

Step 4: If you want to find wood in the ceiling, use a stud finder.

Follow the instructions.

Step 5: The hole will be smaller if the drill bit is small enough.

The threaded insert should be visible from behind the drill bit.You can choose a smaller or larger bit.It is important that there is not a lot of material removed from the hole.Smaller holes provide more gripping strength.

Step 6: The stud finder can be used to find the center of the strapping where it was previously found.

Step 7: Attach the non-pointed end to the hook.

Step 8: The hook can be pressed against the ceiling by twisting the swag into the hole.

Step 9: Once secured into the ceiling, apply downward pressure on the hook to test the pull out strength.

Step 10: If the swag pulls out, you need to verify the location of the strapping with the stud finder and drill another hole with a smaller drill bit nearby.

Continue until the swag doesn’t pull out.

Step 11: The weight of the additional swags used to support the chain and power cord of a light fixture is a small fraction of its total weight.

Step 12: The stud finder can be used to check for the presence of joists or straps.

If necessary, repeat the procedure where needed.

Step 13: The method can be used if no studs are present.

The threaded rod protrudes out of the end by about two or three threads after the toggle nut is spun.The wings should be depressed against the threaded rod if the toggle nut is installed.objects are suspended from hooks in the ceiling using the same method.The support method for ceiling installations is the least robust and should only be used for the lightest loads.

Step 14: If you hold the wings against the threaded rod, you can determine the diameter of the hole that will need to be pushed through.

Some holes are larger than others.

Step 15: The wallboard needs to be penetrated deep into the ceiling.

Step 16: Press the nut into the hole completely by squeezing the wings against the threaded rod.

Press against the ceiling to make sure the wings open.Pull the hook downward while twisting it clockwise.

Step 17: The ceiling can be firmly pressed against the base.

Step 18: As needed, repeat for as many as you can.

Step 19: Should the load prove to be greater than the capacity of the swag hook hardware or mount method, it may be necessary to hang the fixture on the hook.

Step 20: Once satisfied the load can be safely held, connect any chain or power cord.

Step 21: If the ceiling around the hook is found to bebulging or cracking, take corrective action at once.