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Sep 17, 2011, 02:49 AM
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How do you hang your plans?

I've got four huge sheets of plans for my ship, a Seabex One, and wondered if anyone has a magic idea for hanging them conveniently so one can be brought to the front quickly and easily.
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Sep 17, 2011, 05:07 AM
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i just used sticky tape and a wall when building celestia
Sep 17, 2011, 05:20 AM
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In Drawing offices the plans were hung on pegs fastened to a backing plate, The Drawings had a self adhesive strip with a series of slots punched in the edge.

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Sep 17, 2011, 09:30 AM
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Hi Graham

I had the same problem with my plans. I did not want to put holes in the wall (well, another person said I did not want to put holes in the wall) and tape could also have caused damage (so I was told). I now have 2 3X4 foot plans, one on top of the other, hanging on my wall using 3M Reusable Adhesive hooks.

I got the kind with the narrow metal hook, not the one shown. I needed the narrow metal hook to fit the binder clip to hang the plans.

Since this is in my garage I found the the plans would be blown around when the door was open and lifting one plan to see the other was not working either. Since I have 2 plan pages I got 4 1/4 diameter wood dowels 4 foot long and 16 feet of 3/16 ID clear PVC tubing. I then cut the tubing in 4 foot lengths then split the tubing along the entire length with a sharp blade.

I rolled a dowel in the top and bottom of each plan just enough to cover the dowel then slid the split tubing over the dowel. The tubing holds the plan on the dowel the entire length. The dowel and tubing protects the plan edge, gives the plan page weight and makes it somewhat rigid.

I then placed three binder clips on the tubing and slid the ring of the binder clip on the wall hook. The plans do not blow around in the wind and I can now lift the top page to see the one beneath or easily lift the top one off completely.

I hope this helps.

Sep 17, 2011, 09:46 AM
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Tape/mount them to the light sign board material available at a plastics shop or a graphic sign maker - only problem can be long exposure to sunlight - eventually the linework will fade. I'm attempting to scan the sheets to jpg files - can then window areas and print off at 11x17 size and still retain the originals.
Sep 17, 2011, 12:42 PM
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I was thinking of putting two strips of batten either side of the top edge and screwing through but I like the dowel method.

Scanning is not really an option unless you have a graphics studio. However, you can PHOTOGRAPH your plans, in high resolution, and then download to your computer. Great if you have a PC next to your bench. I don't.
Sep 17, 2011, 01:32 PM
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I put two long, straight peg board holders at the correct width then hang the sheet over the tools etc. on the board with two wooden spring clothes pins with a hole drilled in one leg.
Sep 17, 2011, 04:24 PM
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My plans were for a smaller scale so I took them to FedEx (was Kinko's) here in the US. They scanned and printed them at the enlarged size I needed. I also had them save the scan to a thumb drive so I can print sections at home or have them do a full reprint should my enlarged plans fade.

Sep 17, 2011, 06:20 PM
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I did a bunch of work for a designer group that have a large copier/scanner - owe me quite a bit so hopefully can scan the plans there!
Sep 17, 2011, 06:26 PM
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I wish I had room to hang plans..
Sep 17, 2011, 06:41 PM
Originally Posted by Mike McCrea
I wish I had room to hang plans..
i don't hang mine up eather......i lay them out on a seperate bench....

Sep 17, 2011, 07:10 PM
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When I worked at Harken they had drawing holders mounted on the walls all around the office. I don't know where they got them. All they were was an aluminum channel about three feet long with a bunch of plastic rollers trapped inside. You just pushed the upper edge of the print up into the rollers and they grabbed onto the paper. To release, you just slide the print sideways and it would fall out. It would easily hold several sheets. Of course, these would have to be mounted to the wall, but when the prints are not in it it's only a strip about two inches high and three feet wide.

Sep 17, 2011, 08:11 PM
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I mounted a 2"x1/4" flat bar of steel 10' long on the wall using counter sink screws attaching to wall studs.

I have several earth magnets with large spring paper clips that I use to hang the plans I am using. Three or four per sheet so they don't rip from their own weight.
Sep 17, 2011, 08:28 PM
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Ditto, a steel bar screwed to the wall with magnets holding up the plans.
Sep 18, 2011, 01:53 AM
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Magnets! Brilliant idea. I have a load of them, removed from my slot cars, so that's well worth considering. Thanks.

I'm thinking of forming a loop of string or cord down the back and up the front of each sheet with a strip of dowel along the lower edge. A little pulley at the top and I can roll up the front plan to reveal the one behind, and so on, like a roller blind. Sounds complicated but not actually.

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