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Old 07-23-2006, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Temporary mounting solutions

I'm going to be decorating someone's in-house elevator next week for a party, and I'm looking for some suggestions on what materials to use to tempararily mount the things I have in mind without peeling or stripping the walls when it all comes down.

Elevator stats - It's an elevator with no hand rails, and the walls are either stained wood (unlikely) or regular elevator walls covered in fake wood wallpaper stuff to make it look like stained wood.

Whats going up - A few hundred blank cd's on one wall, an enlarged to 7feet picture on probably light to medium duty paper (less dense than construction paper), construction paper silhouettes of the house owner, phone book paper, assorted other papers and pictures.

I can probably get away with double sided tape for the light stuff, but it is the cd's and the full size picture that I'm worried about. I'd rather not have it be falling off during the night. The adhesives need to be relatively sturdy, while at the same time they need to be removable by heat, a solvent, or some other non-destructive method.

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Old 07-24-2006, 05:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was just using some of the 3M double sided tape yesterday to hold wooden blind valences in place onto the metal top assembly since the clips that usually hold them broke ...it works great and would not be hard to pull off and clean the residual glue/foam left after removal. This stuff is available at all the local hardware stores around here, it's a roll of about 1/16" thick foam with a pretty aggressive adhesive on both sides and I have no doubt whatsoever that it would hold a CD until you pull it off. About the only contingency I would plan on is to use a mild solvent, maybe alcohol or cleaning solution, to clean the spot where you will stick it to make sure there is no oily residue to compromise the adhesion.
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Old 07-24-2006, 07:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Most elevators have a reflective ceiling (ceiling tiles and 2x2 or 2x4 light fixtures). Would it be practical to lift up one of the ceiling tiles a hang the items from there?
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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3M makes mounting squares that are double sided and leave no residue on the surfaces.
I used them in the dorm room. Some of their other products might suit your needs more.

The caveat with them, of course, is price. (16 in a pack for $1.60 or so). You could also cut them in halves or quarters, if you concerned about the money.

Let us know how it goes.

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Old 07-24-2006, 06:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the ideas everyone!

I got some of the 3m Poster Mounting Tape which is double sided and seems relatively sturdy for something that looks like regular scotch tape. I tested already on a metal surface by hanging a cd on the underside using a quarter inch by 3/4 inch piece. This should do very nicely

Ample - Unfortunately, the elevator is basically a wood coffin with an incandescant light in the middle. There isn't anything to lift there, but good idea anyway!

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Old 07-26-2006, 01:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've tried out the 3M squares as well and they work great, so I second keyshawn on this one.
Maybe we can pictures of this elevator once it's done? It sounds like a cool project.
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Old 07-26-2006, 09:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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What I thought was going to be a one day project has luckily been spread out to two, maybe two and half. Phase one starts tomorrow.

1- print the picture out greyscale and color in the wanted parts. It was going to be a blown up picture, but Kinkos wants a leg and an appendix for it. Begin shadow trace of house owner too

Photos of before, during and after are a definite!
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