|One of the most frequently e-mailed
questions the Trayman has received is how do you hang beer trays. Well I hang
them a couple of different ways and none of them involve ten penny nails or
Liquid Nails. I was aghast when I purchased a few trays from the Haydock
collection, which was displayed in Oldenberg for a while. It seems many of the
trays had been attached to the walls with Liquid Nails. Man was that stuff hard
to get off and there is still residual on some of the backs which would require
a blow torch and a chisel to complete the job.
|My preferred methods of hanging include:
strong magnets and 2" x 2" self-adhesive hooks. Magnets are the easiest to use
and as long as you dont slide them around a whole bunch on the magnet,
the best for the back of the tray. The heavy porcelain trays dont work
too well with the Magnets. Matter of fact, nothing works to well with the
heavier porcelain trays. So where do you buy these magnets. Dan Morean sells
them on his site - www.breweriana.com. I have also
seen some advertised in the ABA Magazine. If anyone knows of any other places,
please let me know. The Trayman and a buddy in St. Louis are thinking about
coming up with our own version, but nothing yet.
|The second method is to use 2" x 2"
self-adhesive hooks, which can be found in most hardware stores,
Walmarts, etc. Key here is to make sure the paint on the back of the tray
is in sound condition. If not, do not use this technique as the paint will come
off and the tray will not stay on the wall. When you are applying the hook,
make sure you get it centered vertically toward the top of the tray. If you
dont the tray will not hang true. Now drive a nail where you want the
tray. Take a piece of string and tie it in a circle about the size of a
quarter. String to hook and string to nail and you are hung. If you want to
remove the hook, soak it for a while in some Goo-Gone and it should come off
|Some people use plate hooks, but I
personally find those tacky and the metal claws can leave mars on the rims.
Lots of people still pound a nail through them, especially in bars where they
tend to walk away if they are not secured. You can imagine what that does to
the value of a tray. Can you say plummet? A few manufactures actually factory
installed a hole for hanging. I know of several from Mexico with holes
|Another suggestion I go from another
collector was to make some 3" wide shelves with a little lip on them. This is
definitely the best way to do it for the least amount of ware, but make sure
they are secure. If someone slams a door, they may go flying.
|Still another suggestion comes from my
frined Davipar (eBay handle). He takes 8" x 2" thin strips of magnet and
staples them to the wall. He then places the tray on the strip. Works pretty
good from what I could see.
|If you have any other techniques, please
forward them to the Trayman for inclusion in this section.