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What would you use to stick posters and pictures to a cement block wall in a dorm room?

Topic: Housing | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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A glue gun works great. It will not damage the posters or remove paint from the wall. When you are ready to remove the poster, simply peel it off and the glue can be rubbed off with your fingers (it will ball up and peel right off). I learned this from a janitor at a public school that has this type of walls. I've done it on my basement walls with great success.

Answered by: Margo P. | over 2 years ago
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Sticky tack is great and generally keeps things from falling down! Be careful though, you don't want to use anything that will leave a mark or rip paint off, at the end of the year you will be fined for any damages done to the room

Answered by: Lucyb00 O. | about 4 years ago
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USE TAPE!!! or you will get fined.

Answered by: Anonymous | about 3 years ago
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The best thing to use is a putty-like substance that you can pick up at your local department store such as Walmart. 3M makes a good product that is specifically designed for hanging pictures. It is easy to use and isn't messy or destructive, and it is easy to remove. You can also use tape, but not too much, as tape can be harder to remove after it has been up there for a wall. You definitely don't want to use nails!

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | about 4 years ago
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Use scotch tape on the back. Make a loop and use them to put up anything you want. Don't use nails, etc because it will damage your (their) walls! Worst case scenario, you could always use mailing tape, which is really strong scotch tape - but it may damage your poster when you take it down. Good luck.

Answered by: The Truth C. | about 4 years ago
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When I decorated my dorm room, I used clear scotch tape to hang up my pictures and posters. But now there's a new command adhesive by 3M. You can use it on the back of the posters and pictures. It looks similar to putty, but it's very strong. The scotch tape is much cheaper than the command adhesive,though!

Answered by: Upallnight I. | about 4 years ago
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There are many ways to stick posters and pictures to cement block wall. Duct tape usually works really well for hanging light weight items. You can also buy poster putty. I highly recommend poster putty because as long as you use enough of it you can stick anything to a cement wall. I also like it because it come right off because it sticks better to itself then anything else.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | about 4 years ago
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HandiTak is probably the best. You can also use double sided tape. You want to make sure that you don't use anything that will be permanent, like super glue. The university could charge you to repaint the room. They also have those cool hooks, that don't leave any residue when you take them off. Those are probably the best.

Answered by: Crystalb2543 I. | about 4 years ago
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Since you cannot nail things to the wall a great alternative is Sticky tack. This is a gummy product you can use to hang things up and reuse over again. You can find it in most stores with office supplies.

Answered by: Cheek F. | about 4 years ago
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Duct tape always works great for hanging up posters and pictures. You can put it on the backside so it doesn't show. Double-sided tape also works great.

Answered by: Iamerica N. | about 4 years ago
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I used the sticky, little, squre poster pads that you pull straight down to remove. They held my flag up without fail. They also left no marks (as long as you remove them correctly). They specifically say that they leave no marks, so look for that!

Answered by: Anrimala36 C. | about 4 years ago
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One way that I found to do this was by using sticky wall hanging squares. They were made by Scotch brand and came in a pack of 12. They were very sticky and adhered well to the cement. Some of my friends used high quality double sided tape. That also seemed to work well.

Answered by: Collegegrad10 I. | about 4 years ago
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There are some amazing stuff that has come out recently. I use 3m Command Picture Hanging Strips to stick everything on my walls. It is adhesive based and comes completely off with no residue upon removal. You can also try plain old duct tape. Its great but you will have a strip of tape on your stuff. I guess you can use different colored duct tape to place a border around your poster and pictures.

Answered by: L Platter F. | about 4 years ago
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The most common adhesives you'll see include sticky, putty or gum-like stuff; two-sided adhesive squares or strips; and plain old tape. The sticky putty stuff works pretty well, but if you reposition your posters too much, can get dirty and unusable quickly. It also can be prone to failing under large temperature changes. Two-sided adhesive squares usually work best, but can get seriously stuck to whatever posters or pictures you stick them to, so be careful if it's something you'll want to hold on to after the school year. These also have the benefit of being able to hold up heavier, thicker things like art projects or picture frames. Normal tape can get the job done in a pinch, but if your walls are painted, duct-tape can take out chunks of paint with ease if you're not careful, which could cost you in fees later on.

Answered by: Young Sketchist16 G. | about 4 years ago
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Use poster putty or tape. Most dorm rooms also come with a bulletin board that you can use tacks to post posters on. Putty is good because it doesn't peel off wall paint.

Answered by: Mentor4you S. | about 4 years ago
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There are a number of different kinds of poster stickum / wall gum that work well. That, or two-sided tape both work great.

Answered by: Nick V L. | about 4 years ago
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3M Command strips are your best option. They stick pretty well and leave minimal damage. You can try Sticky Tac but it won't work as well. You can usually find the 3M Command strips at Walmart or somewhere similar. Good luck!

Answered by: Laynie Lou71 L. | about 4 years ago
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Be careful what you use so you don't pull the paint off the cement block walls. There are lots of tacky substances that are fine for adhering posters to walls but won't harm them. A poster is light so almost any of the tacky putty like substances will work.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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This depends if the wall is painted or not. I've seen many use foam tape on painted cement or cinder and it would damage the paint job on removal unless you used a hairdryer or other heating device to soften the glue. I wouldn't risk that though. I've had luck using 3M products such as Command Strips. They are made specifically to adhere to any wall and not damage it. Worked for me, and I hope it works for you.

Answered by: Boskie B. | about 4 years ago
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Silly putty as well as sticky tack is an excellent material to use. Most posters and pictures will easily stick to walls using this material. However, once the weather turns cold, a few of the posters might fall and may need to be hung again.

Answered by: Tactic S. | about 4 years ago
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There are a number of different kinds of poster stickum / wall gum that work well. That, or two-sided tape both work great.

Answered by: Nick V L. | about 4 years ago
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3M Command strips are your best option. They stick pretty well and leave minimal damage. You can try Sticky Tac but it won't work as well. You can usually find the 3M Command strips at Walmart or somewhere similar. Good luck!

Answered by: Laynie Lou71 L. | about 4 years ago
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Be careful what you use so you don't pull the paint off the cement block walls. There are lots of tacky substances that are fine for adhering posters to walls but won't harm them. A poster is light so almost any of the tacky putty like substances will work.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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This depends if the wall is painted or not. I've seen many use foam tape on painted cement or cinder and it would damage the paint job on removal unless you used a hairdryer or other heating device to soften the glue. I wouldn't risk that though. I've had luck using 3M products such as Command Strips. They are made specifically to adhere to any wall and not damage it. Worked for me, and I hope it works for you.

Answered by: Boskie B. | about 4 years ago
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Blutack usually works best. It removes easily without leaving any residue/damage that you could be charged for. If the picures are in a frame and can be hung on the wall, the 3M hooks work well too.

Answered by: Ktownmeh O. | about 4 years ago
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Silly putty as well as sticky tack is an excellent material to use. Most posters and pictures will easily stick to walls using this material. However, once the weather turns cold, a few of the posters might fall and may need to be hung again.

Answered by: Tactic S. | about 4 years ago
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I would use the double-sided foam stick squares. I am not sure what they are called, but they stick on the back of your poster and then to the wall. They work really well!

Answered by: Tyson K. | about 3 years ago
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If I were you, I would probably use some of those scotch adhesives. Those things can go onto walls easily and complete the task you need. They also come off easily, so your RA doesn't freak out.

Answered by: Maya S. | about 3 years ago
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Those clear sticky dots are the best! Cheap too and easy to peel off when done.

Answered by: Brian C. | about 3 years ago
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If the cement block is unpainted, then you can just use heavy duty tape. However, if the wall is painted, then you need to be careful of what you use. Colleges are usually pretty strict about keeping the walls in decent condition. They usually have specific guidelines about what you can use to attach pictures to the wall. Generally, the only acceptable tapes are those that are specifically designed to be removed without leaving a mark. Also, hanging pictures with nails is pretty much always forbidden.

Answered by: Mem4dr A. | about 4 years ago
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I would use Scotch tape to keep the poster and pictures up on the wall. I would also have the tape rolled up and put sideways on the back of the poster so the pull of gravity won't roll it off the wall. Any other types of adhesive would be a bad idea. Colleges hate to see holes in the wall and would not like to see any glue on the wall either. I would stick with the Scotch tape to put up the posters and pictures in your college dorm.

Answered by: Thomas Clips W. | about 4 years ago
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At many colleges you can actually get in trouble for using push pins, or anything that will leave a hole in the wall. You can also get in trouble for ripping the wallpaper by using tape. The best recommendation is sticky tak- this will hold your photos and posters up, and will not damage the dorm room wall.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | about 4 years ago
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There is this stuff called sticky tack. It works great. You just pull it apart warm it up by rubbing it in your hands. Its easy to stick on the back of you poster and comes down easy. There is also tape, but sticky tack doesn't rip you stuff like tap.

Answered by: Kw29 H. | about 4 years ago
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I would just use invisible tape. Although invisible is a bit of stretch, it's probably the most painless way to put posters up on a wall that can't take nails. I think there are adhesive-backed hook solutions you can buy, as well.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | about 4 years ago
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Tape is exceptionally versatile when you're talking about inside walls; just be sure to hit all four corners and maybe the edges for good measure. Don't lay the tape flat, roll it up and stick it under. If it's not an inside wall or if you're concerned about that option, I'd suggest you go with double-sided adhesive. You can usually find these at places like Target.

Answered by: Irishboy51 Z. | about 4 years ago
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Never use anything permanent to hang objects to a wall in a dorm room. You should look for a product called Sticky Tack or Fun Tack (there are many different versions that all work the same - ask at a local office supply store or your college bookstore). It's similar to a stiff Silly Putty; you pinch off a little bit, knead it a few seconds to make it pliable, and then flatten it and use that to hang your pictures.

Answered by: Kat68 Q. | about 4 years ago
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There are a number of products that can help you mount posters without having to drill. Most of them are some sort of sticky substance. 3M's Command Strips have worked well for me in the past.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | about 4 years ago
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Glue sticks work great to hang posters on cement walls. One word of advice is to plan ahead when taking them down as they do leave a film. You can simply wash the film off though. Emlers glue sticks are my favorite and I love the smell, but I am weird.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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You want something that will not do damage to the wall when you remove it. The best thing to use is on command adhesives. These are made buy Scotch, 3M, Post it, and other big companies and can be found at Wal Mart. They hold great and when you are ready to take them down, you just pull them on each end (stretching them out) until they release.

Answered by: Dantheman50 L. | about 4 years ago
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You can use any variety of sticky tack, possibly even glue. Tape is also a decent idea, and you can even choose clear tapes. I wouldn't recommend drilling a hole but if you are a handyman i don't see why not, unless its prohibited.

Answered by: Elitesack O. | about 4 years ago
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You could purchase double sided sticky adhesive tape. Generally this tape is thick and sold specifically for the purpose of sticking an object to a wall. You would place the tape on the back of the poster and the other side to the wall. However you would want to make sure to line up the poster perfectly before sticking it on, because it will be hard to adjust after wards. It should be noted, because it is sticky tape, it will be hard to remove the tape from the back of the poster in the future.

Answered by: Jimm43 J. | about 4 years ago
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Normally a tacky glue will work. Its usually blue and kind of like clay. It can be found in the arts and crafts isle at pretty much any grocery store. You can always use duct tape, but it might rip the poster. Tack should work pretty well.

Answered by: Allgrowdup O. | about 4 years ago
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The best thing to use is a putty-like substance that you can pick up at your local department store such as Walmart. 3M makes a good product that is specifically designed for hanging pictures. It is easy to use and isn't messy or destructive, and it is easy to remove. You can also use tape, but not too much, as tape can be harder to remove after it has been up there for a wall. You definitely don't want to use nails!

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | about 4 years ago
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Blutack usually works best. It removes easily without leaving any residue/damage that you could be charged for. If the picures are in a frame and can be hung on the wall, the 3M hooks work well too.

Answered by: Ktownmeh O. | about 4 years ago
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The most common adhesives you'll see include sticky, putty or gum-like stuff; two-sided adhesive squares or strips; and plain old tape. The sticky putty stuff works pretty well, but if you reposition your posters too much, can get dirty and unusable quickly. It also can be prone to failing under large temperature changes. Two-sided adhesive squares usually work best, but can get seriously stuck to whatever posters or pictures you stick them to, so be careful if it's something you'll want to hold on to after the school year. These also have the benefit of being able to hold up heavier, thicker things like art projects or picture frames. Normal tape can get the job done in a pinch, but if your walls are painted, duct-tape can take out chunks of paint with ease if you're not careful, which could cost you in fees later on.

Answered by: Young Sketchist16 G. | about 4 years ago
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Use poster putty or tape. Most dorm rooms also come with a bulletin board that you can use tacks to post posters on. Putty is good because it doesn't peel off wall paint.

Answered by: Mentor4you S. | about 4 years ago
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You can also try painter's tape ;). They come in all colors now.

Answered by: Marcia G. | almost 3 years ago
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The double duty, in my view, is the best one to use. Trust me, I have made gaffes severally and even went to the extent of using glue. It was such a hard task removing the posters eventually.

Answered by: Isaac K. | about 3 years ago
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