How to wall mount virtually anything!

One essential skill of being able to organize computer equipment is the ability to properly wall-mount things. For example, you may want to wall-mount a power strip, or a cable modem, or – believe it or not – I’ve even wall-mounted Mac Minis before. It is possible. Watch, and I’ll show you how. I essentially use two different methods depending upon whether the object to be mounted is designed to be wall-mounted or not. I’m going to show you both methods. First we’ll start with this power strip. This was actually designed to be wall-mounted, as is evident by the wall mounting holes present on the bottom. Here’s the trick I learned to make this a piece of cake. First: lay the object on a piece of paper and trace around it with a pen. Then use scissors and cut out the template.
Next: we need to get an outline of the mounting holes. Now, there are two ways to accomplish this. One is with your fingernails or another flat object. This will create a nice outline of the hole. Another method is using a pencil. Once you get the outlines created, you can figure out exactly where you’re going to mount it. For this demonstration, I’m going to use a scrap piece of wood. Use some tape, and secure the template down exactly where it needs to go. You can drill your holes now. Obviously the hole should be slightly smaller than the screw. Of course, you should already have some screws picked out that fit properly in the holes you’re going to be using. Once the screws are in, you can remove the template by ripping it off. Then you can test out your fit. It is common to need to adjust the screws by tightening or loosening. Okay, so what about objects that are not designed to be wall mounted, such as this power adapter for a laptop? Here’s the way I tackle the situation. I use these little aluminum ties that are sold at the hardware store primarily for chain-link fences. They’re strong yet flexible. I essentially work the metal wire into a shape that fits perfectly over the item to be mounted, leaving a little extra at each end. Then, I roll the ends around the pliers to create a loop. This is how it looks when it’s done. The next thing I do is attach some double-sided tape to the bottom of the power adapter.
The tape won’t really hold it in place by itself more than a day or two, but it will keep it from sliding around once the bracket is installed. The last step is to tighten down the bracket. I’ve used this method on all kinds of things including Mac Mini power adapters, network switch power adapters, and even USB hubs to keep them in place on top of a desk. If you’re going to be working with drywall, you’ll of course need to use drywall anchors like these if you want your screws to stay in. Here’s another little bonus tip that I’ll throw in. If you’re trying to mount wires to these little brackets that are used for wall shelving, then the way to do that is to take your zip tie and try to curl up the end of it until you can create a hook like structure. Then, you should be able to insert it into the bracket and pull it through the other side. Those aluminum tie wraps that I was talking about, those can be bought in the hardware store where they sell the chain link fences. Now, those will only work for small things. Now what if you have something big to mount, like this? Well, something that works almost as good if not better is actually electrical wire. If you get thick enough electrical wire, the heavy gauge stuff, you can slice it out and then you can use it to bend up and pretty much the same way I did. Now, what if you had something even bigger than this? As long as it’s flat you could actually run over each corner. Instead of going, you know, all the way across. So that’s another little trick you can use. I don’t have anything currently I can show you, but I have done it before, and it works pretty well. Thanks for watching.

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Reader Comments

  1. kbrandsr

    Instead of a paper template on things that are made to hang just use a piece of blue painters tape. Place one whole strip over the holes mark peel off and stick to wherever you want to hang it.


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  3. 482 644

    I appreciate the effort and video is useful for Americans but dont get me wrong man we in Europ use such techniques for couple decades!!

  4. g

    Nice video, thanks for the tips.. short, thorough, and to the point !

    Guys like you are changing the world for little guys like me.. We appreciate you!

  5. Shrike DeCil

    If you have a pile of stuff to mount, or want/need to make many fewer holes in the wall, you can mount everything on a sheet of plywood, and then figure out how to position that. I've used both "freestanding. held up by my desk" and "mounted to the wall – inverted with standoffs". Inverted meaning – the back of my board faces the room and can be painted, and all my devices are "hidden" mounted.

  6. Phil Hjemboe

    Another source of strong wire to larger items is cut up a wire hanger and bend it as needed. Hangers are a good source of wire for various uses where strong, stiff wire is required.

  7. Mark Mann

    I like industrial rubber bands. With rubber you can remove and easily adjust without re-screwing. There are very heavy sturdy rubber bands that are flat and wide. You can drill a small hole on both sides of the flat rubber band or strap then screw it down with an appropriate screw and oversized fender washer to the mounting surface. The big advantage with rubber straps, other than re-mountability, is that they can maintain positive and consistent tension (grip and grab) where static anchors can lose tension and get loose. Mark Mann M2

  8. Peter Mende

    Well, it sounds nice to wall mount everything.
    Ending up with walls like a swiss cheese.
    Dont really wanna do that when living in a flat or an apartment for rent.
    Ok to mount it on "own walls" like wooden boards or so.
    I have a few metal shelves.
    Mounted my VDSL router and some power outlets at shelf with zip ties.

  9. Digant Shah

    Thanks for your time and efforts. I learn something new every time when I watch your videos. Liked and subscribed. Keep spreading the knowledge.

  10. yourdogsnews

    All-round, its a steel strip, hole punched for screws, is easily flexible and thin enough to cut easily as well. Since it comes in a roll you can use it to mount small or large objects.

  11. P L

    I wall mounted my xbox 1x using aluminium modelling wire and after you twist the ends around the long nose pliers I solder the gap on the loop so it doesn't split apart

  12. Chif6791 F.

    I wall mounted the planet to the solar system then I wall mounted that to the to the Galaxy then I wall mounted that to the universe then I wall mounted that to your device can't handle the amount of wall mounting

  13. Joe Derr

    Another option is to put the power strip on a scanner and just make a copy of it, once printed, you just make sure it's level and Boom template.

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