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How do you put things on Concrete Walls?
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I am moving into a five wall room made completely of concrete blocks. How do you get things to stay up on walls? In this room I have a small bulletin board and a short white board. I would like to make various bulletin boards that I will use for instruction and interactive centers. I have lots of pocket charts that I can put up but I would like to at least put boarders around them. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. TIA


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I used those on concrete walls before. They are little clips with wax on the back and work quite well--almost too well! My only complaint is that it seems like you have to use a lot of them to hold up a poster, at least 4-6 per normal size poster.
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I use
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a hot glue gun. The glue holds anything in place and peels off easily when I want to take something down. It works really well if things are laminated. Good luck.
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called Ticky Tack or something to that effect. It comes in white, blue, and I think yellow. It is kinda like clay. Usually office supply stores, teacher stores, and craft stores sell it.

You could also laminate your stuff and use hot glue.
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I use hot glue like the PP. You MUST laminate it though! I didn't laminate some things and when I tried to take them down at the end of the year, they ripped. The glue will last all year long as long as you put a lot of it on.


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For really heavy stuff I've drilled 1/4 inch holes in the walls and used plastic anchors. In fact, you can buy the whole kit, drill bit, screws, and anchors for about $3
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Thank you for sharing!
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I really do thank you all for your suggestions. I am going to go to school next week and begin laminating. Thank you!
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The very best and quickest way is to use a hot glue gun-like PPs said, make sure your stuff is laminated.
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I had a concrete wall in my classroom last year and put up posters and other laminated things with velcro. I never had a problem with it falling off the wall. You could also velcro to put up a bulletin board. They sell some that is really strong, so you could always try a bulletin board so you can tack up your pocket charts and borders. Good luck!
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I also moved into a concrete room, and found that using Command Hooks worked well. I put them on my walls with a string between them to hang up kids' work (the funtack didn't work as well as I had hoped.) I was able to order some cork stripping, and the custodians have to screw those into the concrete. Happy decorating, and I think I'm going to bring in my gluegun for a couple to laminated posters that will stay up all year- thanks for that suggestion,TCHR5!
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I was going to say Stikki Clips -those usually stay up well for the entire year. I never thought of hot glue, though. Really? It comes off? I guess I can see that.

I never did have much success with that sticky blue stuff.
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Sticky clips and hot glue guns! I did see where a poster said she uses the spray adhesive and it works great. I want to try that this year, too!
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Velcro circles
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Use them all the time!!
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Old 07-05-2009, 06:03 PM
 
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I like the hot glue gun and velcro dots the best! I have also used a tape called marvelous tape (I believe). I have found it at Mardel's and various teacher supply stores...

Good Luck!
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Stikki clips refills
Old 07-05-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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I use the wax for the stikki clips. I just cut off the amount of wax I need from the wax refill bars. It works great. When I need to remove the wax, I scrape it off with a small knife and then put it in a zip lock bag to use again. The refills can be found at the following link: http://www.stikkiworks.com/prod_wax.html .
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I do not think you can order from the site. Check the retailers list to find a place from which to order. I found them at my local school supply store.
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I have also
Old 07-05-2009, 06:43 PM
 
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used a hot glue gun, but occasionally, when I took something down, the paint peeled off, too. Our principal is very particular about what we can use on walls and does not want them "damaged" in any way. Now I'm nervous about using my hot glue gun next year. Someone told me they use painter's tape. Has anyone tried it?
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It works all year for me! Tape is HORRIBLE!
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To keep the paint from peeling off, use low temp glue. It comes off so easily and the paint will stay on. I love hot glue!
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:03 PM
 
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The only thing that comes off my concrete blocks cleanly is hot glue . . . and it's the HOT kind, too. The low temp doesn't always come off the wall cleanly.
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I recommend 3M command hangers
Old 07-05-2009, 08:08 PM
 
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the hooks are good for stuff but they also make poster hangers...I have put up the BB paper with the 3M hangers and then used all the old standbys to hang stuff on the paper.

The poster hangers come in a small, slim pack and are easy to put up and remove. It doesn't take the paint off or leave a residue either.

You can also use the poster hangers as refills for the command hooks if you had to take them down at the end of the year.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:03 AM
 
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about the teacher at my school who used hot glue on concrete walls and turned her walls into a disaster area. I think she could have benefited from all of your advice!

I use the Command hooks; they work beautifully. For posters, I use this white, kind of thick & puffy tape. I buy it at Target; it's in the same aisle as the Command hooks, picture hangers, etc. It holds beautifully all year and it pulls off cleanly at the end.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:45 AM
 
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I use hot glue although that doesn't always work on my outside wall when it is hot and humid out. The last few weeks of school I am always picking up my posters off the floor.
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