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How to Hang Pictures (and Other Stuff) on Your Walls

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Chazz is an Interior Decorator/Consultant/Retailer, amateur photographer, cook, gardener, handyman, currently restoring 1880 Victorian.

How to Hang Pictures, Mirrors, and Other Decorative Objects

This DIY Guide shows you how to hang artwork, individual shelves or shelving units, closet organizers, cabinets, curio cases, media storage, speakers, flat screen tvs, kitchen cabinets, heavy mirrors and more.

Our guide to hanging items on walls explains how to determine what type of wall you have and the mechanics of hanging items on different types of walls (drywall or sheetrock, plaster, brick and stone, etc.) including what type of tools and hardware you will need to hang everything from family photos to heavy mirrors.

You will learn the the basics and some easy-to-do but more advanced options plus we've included tips the pros use, important links for safety information, how-to videos, and much more. (The Picture Perfect section of the Top 10 Decorating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them guide covers the aesthetics and design of hanging items on your walls.)

When I was a child I was terribly frightened when a shelf of books on my bedroom wall came crashing down in the middle of the night, scaring everyone in the house and leaving huge gaping holes in the wall. You can avoid such mishaps by learning the proper type of fastener to use for the type of wall you want to hang something on and how to install it so it is safely and securely anchored.

Arranging and hanging pictures on a wall

Arranging and hanging pictures on a wall

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Wall

Determining What Type of Wall You HavePlaster vs Drywall Debate If You Live in an Older Building5 Ways to Find Studs in Sheetrock Walls Video: How to Find Studs in Sheetrock Walls How to Find Studs in Plaster WallsVideo: High Tech Stud Searching in Plaster WallsOther Types of WallsVideo: If Your Wall is ConcreteCaution: If You Have an Older HomePoll: Hit the Nail or Screw-up?Using The Right Tools

Part 2: Hardware & Installation

Types of Picture HangersVideos: How to Attach Hangers to Your PicturesHanging Lighter Items Decorator Tip If You Can't Put a Hole in the WallNo-Holes Hangers for Lighter Weight ItemsHangers for Midweight ItemsVideo: Using Toggle Bolts Caution: Important Safety NoteVideo: Types of Wall AnchorsOther types of Wall AnchorsVideo: Using Drywall AnchorsPicture This PollHanging Heavy Items if Stud is in the Wrong Place Video: About French Cleats And How to Make OneIf Making a French Cleat is Not an Option?Nail It?Related TopicsAdd Your TipsEnjoy Hangin'...?

Back of Plaster Wall showing lathe and studs

Back of Plaster Wall showing lathe and studs

Determining What Type of Wall You Have

How to tell if a wall is plaster or drywall (sheetrock)

There are several ways to determine what type of wall you have.

Plaster Walls

Most old houses (pre-1960) were built with plaster walls. If the walls are original, there's a good chance they are plaster. And if they are original, there is also a good chance they have some cracks which you can look at to determine the plaster and even type of plaster.

Or you can remove a switchplate and see the edge of the wall material around the electrical box. (Be careful if doing this and turn off the electricity first as one slip of a screwdriver can be a shocking experience -- or worse!)

If you see a board that is 1/2" to 3/4" thick with a paper edge (like a sandwich) it is drywall. If it has a layer of material that is more rough-hewn and irregular, it is probably plaster.

Better yet, if you have an access panel for bathtub plumbing, open it and take a look inside. It should be easy to identify the wall material used -- at least in that room.

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Plaster walls was usually applied over a framework of lathe and/or wire mesh. You can check a basement or attic area along a wall to where there may be some visible plaster "ooze" or wire that will tell you if the wall is or was plaster. (if a wall on another floor was replaced or covered with sheetrock, you may still see this below the floor level.)

  • Plaster walls sound solid when you tap on them
  • Plaster walls feel harder and colder than drywall
  • Plaster walls are very difficult, if not impossible, to push a thumbtack, push pin, or a utility knife into. (If you try this, find an inconspicuous spot where it will not show.) Be careful, though, some plaster walls may cause the knife blade to snap off. (Remember playing rock, paper, scissors as a kid? Plaster is the rock and the knife replaces the scissors).

Sheetrock Walls (also called Drywall, Wallboard, Gypsum Board and Plasterboard.)

Drywall was used on almost all homes built after 1970. However, many old houses have had plaster walls replaced with drywall. You may also find drywall installed on top of the old plaster or used to build a newer wall in an older house as in room additions. Drywall has a paper surface (make sure what you think is a drywall's paper surface is not simply old wallpaper that has been painted over). It is basically a thin (up to 3/4 inch) layer of plaster sandwiched between two layers of paper.

  • Sheetrock walls sound hollow when you thump on them (tap around and make sure the solid sound you heard is not because you tapped an area in front of a beam or joist)
  • If you can push a thumb tack or push pin (or the blade of a utility knife) into the wall it is drywall (If you try this, find an inconspicuous spot where it will not show). A sharp knife will cut through drywall pretty easily.
  • Similarly, an awl or a very small drill bit can be used to make a small hole. If it goes through the wall at about half an inch, you've got drywall (unless you hit a wooden joist).

Photo © 2011-19 Restoration Fabrics & Trims LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2011-19 Restoration Fabrics & Trims LLC. All rights reserved.

Sheetrock Wall Construction

This photo shows the back of a new wall (the other side has already been sheetrocked) so you can see how it is constructed.

The opening on the left will be a doorway. Note the vertical beams or studs.

Which type of wall construction is better? - Plaster or Drywall?

Do you have a strong preference for one type of wall material over another? Is one more aesthetically pleasing to you? Easier to work with? Less costly? More soundproof? Do you prefer the character of horsehair plaster to the convenience of sheetrock? Sound off here.

Which type of walls would you rather have in your home?

Attention: If You Live in an Older Building

Do not make holes in walls if you suspect they may be painted with paint containing lead.

Be informed and Follow OSHA Guidelines.

5 Ways to Find Studs

In Sheetrock Walls

To hang heavier items you need to secure them to a wall stud, the vertical wood beams that are part of the wall's framework. This is much easier to do with drywall, so we'll cover that first. There are several ways to do this.

1. Visually. Look for signs of taped seams between sheet rock or nailheads. If you shine a bright shop light on the wall at an angle about 10 inches away from the wall it is easier to see the silhouettes of these. Behind the tape and nailheads you should find a stud. You can also examine the baseboard molding which, if installed properly, will be nailed into the studs.

2. By Sound. If you knock systematically on the wall every couple of inches from left to right in a horizontal line you will be able to hear the diffence between the hollow areas between the studs and the solid areas where the sheetrock is attached to the studs, which will have a duller thumping sound. Make a small pencil mark on the studs or use a small piece of painter's tape. Measure between the marks to find out how far apart the studs are. Most will be 16" apart, but others may be as close as 12" or as far apart as 24".

3. With the help of technology. A magnetic stud finder will detect the nails in the studs (the arrow will point up) but it will not be able to distinguish between nails and other metals so you can get false positives. An electronic stud finder will beep when it locates a stud.

4. With common sense. The lightswitch in a room is attached to a stud on one side. Remove the plate and measure at regular intervals (usually 16" but may be from 12 to 24") to help you locate the studs.

5. An informed search. Once you have used one of the above methods, confirm the location of studs by driving a thin nail into the wall or drilling a small hole in an inconspicuous place where you think the stud is. (Just above the baseboard is one option.) If you hit wood, you've found it. If you feel it go through the wall, you're off your mark.

"How to" Videos - Finding Studs in Sheetrock Walls

Pro Tip

Before driving a nail or drilling a hole in a plaster wall, put a piece of scotch tape over the spot where the nail or drill bit will go. It will keep the plaster around the hole from crumbling.

How to Find Studs in Plaster Walls

Finding Studs in Plaster Walls is a little more challenging

It is a bit more difficult to find studs in plaster walls, but you still have options.

1. High tech. You can purchase or (if you're lucky enough to know someone who has one) borrow a really good studfinder or metal detector. These can run over $100.00, but the cheaper ones you can get away with using with sheetrock will be useless with plaster walls.

2. Middle (Earth) tech. Assuming you have the type of plaster wall that has lathe (thin strips of wood) running between the studs, you can search for the nails holding the lathe to the studs. To do this on a plaster wall you will need a very strong magnet or a "rare earth" magnet. Slowly move the magnet along the wall until you feel it "catch" or "stick". That should tell you where the studs are.

3. Low tech. You have two choices here.

a) You can use sound to find the studs in plaster walls but it is more difficult than with sheetrock. Try using a hammer wrapped in cloth (so you don't damage the walls) and tap along the wall. You may be able to tell where the wall sounds less hollow and where it sounds more solid (the studs).

b) Follow #4 in the sheetrock section. Start looking for studs every 16" from the lightbox.

NOTE: Baseboard nails in an older house with plaster walls are not a good indicator of where the studs are as the underlying wall construction is different than with sheetrock.

4. Hunt and peck. Using a small masonry drill bit, measure out in 16" intervals from a corner of the room. You can also use Make a test hole to see if you have found the stud. You may have to make several holes, but if the plaster is smooth they will be easy to repair. Be sure to make the hole(s) in the least conspicuous area possible or, if you are hanging a picture or mirror, make them where the hung piece will cover any extra holes. You can also drive a small "test" nail into the wall along the top of the baseboard to locate a stud.

High Tech Stud Searching in Plaster Walls


Other Types of Walls

You may have walls that are made out of logs, stone, bricks, or other types of masonry. The first question you need to ask yourself in that case is: "Do I really want to put a hole in it?"

In the case of a log home, especially if historic, you may want to consider anchoring your hook between the logs or somewhere the damage could be easily and invisibly repaired.

There are hangers that will also grab onto brick so you can avoid using masonry drills on the wall. (Holes in sheetrock and plaster, once filled in, spackled and sanded smooth, will, whether painted or wallpapered, disappear.)

I have also seen walls that were made of masonite, beaver board, composite wood panelling and even vinyl flooring material with nothing behind them save the beams they were attached to. If that is the case, you should replace inferior materials with a proper wall first.

For additional information on other types of walls, please scroll down to Part 2.

If your wall is concrete - This will help

Caution: If You Have an Older Home, Read This Before You Begin


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Add Interest to your Wall Groupings with One-a-Kind Antique Frames

You can mix styles easily in a group of items hung on a wall. The important thing is balance. Don't be afraid to add an antique framed picture to a modern grouping or vice versa. Eclectic wall hangings provide interest and showcase your creativity.

Part 2

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Please Read This Before Going on to Part 2 and Before You Hang Anything High on a Wall:

I wouldn't want this to happen to you

A couple of years ago I was standing on a lightweight aluminum ladder in my garage, putting some large wood shutters across ceiling beams for storage when one of the ladder's legs buckled and I went crashing to the floor, shutters and all.

Fortunately, other than some scrapes, bruises and a few trips to the chiropractor, I did not sustain serious injuries. Grateful that I did not break any bones or have a concussion, I was not going to tempt fate again.

I was very happy to find Little Giant ladders and I am even happier to recommend them to you. I have used these ladders indoors and out for more than two years and they are great for several reasons.

Little Giant Ladders are sturdy, strong, and comfortable to stand on, so you don't have to worry about (your's or the ladder's) buckling legs or rungs not holding. Yet, they are still light enough that even my petite wife can handle them. Work Trays are usably sized to hold brushes, tools, paint cans or whatever. Lastly, they are easy to store and adjust and lock safely into position.

From space conserving 2, 3 and 4 Step Stepladders to multi-purpose, special purpose and extension ladders, they have a strong and sturdy ladder for exactly what you need. Check them out and I'm sure you'll agree that investing in good quality equipment may cost a little more, but in the long run, it will save you a lot more than that in medical bills and injuries.

Methods & Hardware for Hanging Pictures, Mirrors, Shelves, And Other Objects

Once you've determined where you want to hang your item(s), found out what type of wall you have, and located the stud(s), you're ready to proceed to the last step and get that picture, mirror, shelf, cabinet, or other object hung on the wall.

So you head out to the store for the hardware you need and find yourself faced with an array of hardware that can fill two aisles in a store like Home Depot or Lowe's. It can be overwhelming but knowing exactly what type of hanger you need and what to look for can make it a lot easier.

This section will help you determine exactly what hardware you'll need.

Part 2: Hardware & Installation

Table of Contents

Types of Picture HangersVideos: How to Attach Hangers to Your PicturesHanging Lighter Items Decorator Tip If You Can't Put a Hole in the WallNo-Holes Hangers for Lighter Weight ItemsHangers for Midweight ItemsVideo: Using Toggle Bolts Caution: Important Safety NoteVideo: Types of Wall AnchorsOther types of Wall AnchorsVideo: Using Drywall AnchorsPicture This PollHanging Heavy Items if Stud is in the Wrong Place Video: About French Cleats And How to Make OneIf Making a French Cleat is Not an Option?Nail It?Related TopicsAdd Your TipsEnjoy Hangin'...?

Types of Picture Hangers

Most picture frames today come with appropriate hanging hardware already installed, but if you want to hang an antique frame, stretched canvvas, or other item, you will have to add the hanger hardware yourself. This is a brief introduction to the most common types of hanger hardware. The videos below this section will provide more details and tell you how to attach the hardware properly.

Sawtooth hangers are named for the way they look. They are easy to use for smaller lightweight items. You slip a notch over the nail and the frame will be held straight against the wall.

Eye hooks and D-rings work better with larger, heavier pictures. Once they are attached to the back of the frame, they are strung with wire which is used to hang the item over the nail, hook, or bolt in the wall.

How to Attach Hangers to Your Pictures - or Other Wall Decor

Hanging Lighter Items

Picture hooks and screws can be used to hang lighter items on any type of wall in just about any location without the need to search for studs. To be on the safe side, I would recommend this method only for items weighing no more than 10 to 12 lbs and prefer to keep them closer to half that, although picture hooks are available for up to 25 lbs and more.

I may be overly cautious, but I prefer to anchor something that heavy either into a stud or using one of the methods for heavier items. I do use picture hooks on sheetrock and, believe it or not, have found the best type of anchor for hanging lighter items on plaster walls to be Drywall screws! (Drywall refers to sheetrock and similar types of wallboard that applied dry, as opposed to plaster, which is applied wet.)

Picture hooks come packaged with the nails to affix them to walls and there are different sizes for different weight objects. The weight will be noted on the package. It does not hurt, in my opinion, to use one size larger than the weight of the item. To determine the weight of the item, step on a scale and weigh yourself. Then pick up the item and see how much more "you" weigh when holding the item. So, for example, if you weigh 148 lbs and 156 lbs holding the object you want to hang, just do the math (156 - 148 = 8) and you will see that the item weighs about 8 lbs.

hanging model planes with velcor picture

hanging model planes with velcor picture

Decorator's Tip:

Not Your Mother's Velcro

In order to display a collection of lightweight but precious model airplanes in a boy's room (and still have them removable to play with) we first created a layout on the floor.

When we were satisfied with the way that looked, we took some square and rectangular wooden building blocks, wallpapered them to match the wall, and attached those to the wall (in this case we screwed them into the plaster wall with drywall screws) and then used peel and stick Velcro to attach the model planes.

The blocks allowed the planes to hang straight without damaging the propellors or landing gears and the Velcro made them easy to remove for play and to return to their spot on the wall for storage and display. Just be sure the softer smoother half of the Velcro is on the removable object.

NOTE: If your wall is plaster and has a firmly adhered wallpaper on it there is no need to use tape before making a hole as the wallpaper will prevent the plaster from crumbling.

Picture hooks may work on some plaster walls (be sure to put a piece of tape on the wall before trying to hammer in the nail as it will prevent the plaster from crumbling) but in my experience plaster walls may actually bend the nail, "bounce" it back (if you hit wire mesh behind the plaster), or cause other frustrations. What works best, in my experience, is to use drywall screws to hang items on plaster walls. Drywall screws have flat heads, are self-drilling, very strong, and long enough. Just screw them into the wall at your hanging point and voila! If you are using picture wire to hang an item, I like to put a bit of a heavy duty tape over the wire where it will sit on the screw just as a precautionary measure for added security.

If you can't put a hole in the wall

If you are living in a rental unit or a college dorm you may not be permitted to make holes in the wall to hang things, regardless of what their compostion is. If you are renting, read your rental agreement first. Additionally, in some places, like Tokyo, Japan, walls in apartment units can be made of metal, in which case you will be restricted to using magnetic and/or peel-and-stick hangers. In that case you will want to hang only lighter weight items such as smaller framed photos or foam-core mounted posters.

No-Holes Picture Hangers - For lighter weight items



Shown above, From left to right: 3M Command Damage-Free Picture Hanging Strips Value Pack (4-Small and 8-Medium Size), Magna-Hold Magnetic Visual Picture Hanger for metal surfaces, and 3M Command Sawtooth Damage Free Picture-Hanging Hooks 3-Hanger Value Pack. All are available at and eligible for Free Shipping.

Hangers For Midweight Items: Wall Anchors, Toggle and Molly Bolts

It is of utmost importance to use the right type of anchor to hang something on your wall. The best hangers take advantage of the strength of the wall to support the weight of the object. These fasteners do not go into studs but work with the structure of the wall and simple laws of physics.

Toggle bolts are for drywall construction. A toggle bolt is basically a screw with folded spring-loaded metal wings (or toggle). You drill a hole through the drywall and insert the folded metal wings which will open inside the wall.

Tighten the screw so the wings are snug against the back of the wall. The wings give the screw something secure to screw into and distribute the weight of the item that will hang from the screw, putting less strain on the wall.

Using Toggle Bolts

Molly bolts are basically screws with a metal sleeve that splits into wings at the far end when the screw is turned. The wings grip the wall and secure the screw. Shorter mollies are for drywall and you can use longer ones for plaster walls with caution. Molly must be long enough to go through the lath behind the plaster. However, drilling into plaster walls can be tricky because if you hit the lath, the drill can push the lath away from the plaster causing it to crack and fall off. See the Pro top box at the top of this section for how to avoid that.

NOTE: Your drill bit should be a tiny bit smaller than the closed end of the anchor. Your screw should be at least 1.25 inches long (for drywall) if you are not going into a stud. The screw should not be longer than the anchor. The bolt should be tapped gently into the hole and should fit snugly. The screw should protrude from the wall just enough to hang your item on (usually 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch). For plaster walls, screws should be at least 3 inches long as the plaster itself may be up to one inch thick.

CAUTION: If You Hit Anything Metal Stop Drilling Immediately.

It may be a metal plate covering electrical or plumbing work in the wall.

DO NOT DRILL above or next to an electrical outlet or switch or into a section of wall that has plumbing pipes behind it, such as a bedroom wall that has a bathroom shower on the other side of it.

Video: Types of Wall Anchors

Other Types of Wall Anchors

for Hanging Midweight Objects

Plastic or metal screw anchors are another option. Plastic anchors can be used in drywall, concrete, plaster walls and studs. This type of anchor is basically a sleeve that you insert into a drilled hole. The sleeve expands as the screw is tightened inside of it.


The Hillman Zip It Wallboard Anchor

shown here, will only work on drywall. This type looks like a screw but is a self-screwing (meaning you do not have to drill a hole in the drywall first) sleeve that you install and then screw into. Tightening the screw causes the sleeve to expand and hold it securely.

Be sure to read the package or ask a knowledgeable person in the hardware store or department if you are not sure which anchor will work for your type of wall construction. Packages for hanging hardware also will specify how much weight they are supposed to be able to hold. I suggest you take that with a grain of sand (or plaster dust).

NOTE: Although the number of pounds specified may be accurate under optimal conditions, it is safer to assume that most walls are not as strong or perfectly constructed so that they will safely hold as heavy an object as claimed.

Using Dry Wall Anchors

So . . . Can You Picture Doing This? - Or does the thought drive you up a wall?

How to Hang a Heavy Item When the Stud is in "The Wrong Place"

If you need a stud to hang a heavy item on, chances are the studs will not be where you want to position the item. If you want to hang a heavy mirror or other object centered over a table or sofa, for example, it is likely that you will not find a stud in the right place. However, if it is something wide enough (like a large mirror or a shelf that will bear considerable weight) you have two options.

1. You can attach a strip of plywood (4 to 6 inches wide by 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick, depending on how heavy the item you want to hang is) running across horizontally between the two studs by screwing it securely to the studs (use two long screws on each end and secure to center of studs). As long as your frame will cover that distance and is not extremely heavy, you can attach two heavy-duty hooks to the board equidistant from where you want the center of the item to be. By using two hooks the weight will be distributed better and the item will stay straight. Do not use this method with one hook.

2. For very large and the heaviest items, you should use a French cleat spanning two studs. (See the videos below for information and instructions.) The item can be slid along the cleat to center it if the midpoint between the studs is not the center of what you are hanging.

About French Cleats - And How to Make One

Making a French Cleat Not an Option?

You Might Want to Try This Instead

If you don't have access to the power tools or the time to make a French Cleat (and it is even easier than it looks in the video), this is also a good way to hang heavy items.


The 30-Inch heavy duty Hangman mirror and picture hanger allows you to quickly and easily hang mirrors, pictures and wall décor up to 300-Pounds.

Product includes removable bubble level and all the hardware needed for wall installation (Pan Head Phillips Sheet Metal Screws and Plastic Anchors). The brackets are heavy-duty aluminum and have mounting holes punched every four inches (101.6 millimeters) on center.

The CRL Hangman System is available in four different size widths and weight capacities: the six inch (152 millimeter) width holds up to 75 pounds, the 10 inch (254 millimeter) width holds up to 100 pounds, the 18 inch (457.2 millimeter) width holds up to 200 pounds and the 30 inch (762 millimeter) width holds up to 300 pounds.


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Have an additional tip? - Comments, Suggestions, and Greetings Welcome

Chazz (author) from New York on November 13, 2013:

@amy-howell-923: If you send me photos I may be able to help. Can't tell without seeing it. Do you have any idea how much it weighs? What type wall (e.g. plaster, sheetrock) are you working with? You can reach me through the contact button on my profile page. Best, Chazz

amy-howell-923 on November 10, 2013:

I have an old (50 yrs +) japanese 4 panel connected watercolor and want to hang it. originally it had some ugly metal hangers that supported each panel. is there any more aesthetically pleasing way to mount this ? it is large, about 2 ft high by about 5 ft across OA.

serenity4me lm on June 02, 2013:

I just did this today! I used 2 toggle bolts to hang a mirror. The mirror is there and it's beautiful but I'm a bit scared about it holding good long term. I love Ron Hazelton too. Very nice lens, Thanks Margaret

BarbaraCasey on March 29, 2013:

I just moved and your information couldn't be more timely. Thank you for a very comprehensive lens.

Funkysi on December 01, 2012:

Great lens and informations.

DecoratingMom411 on November 13, 2012:

You provided lots of ideas in this lens. Thank you for sharing this. This really helps!

MagnoliaTree on September 07, 2012:

I'm impressed. Don't think you missed anything about how to hang something. This is the most complete and comprehensive article I've seen on this subject!

ArthurF LM on July 01, 2012:

I really need to show my wife this lens. I swear she will put eight holes in the wall just to hang one photo. Thanks for a great lens!

cbjones on June 18, 2012:

I think I'm going to use th einfo from this lens, and mount my old video gaming systems on the wall neat my flat screen. The old Nintendo would look pretty neat just hanging on the wall.

Mystico on May 15, 2012:

Sometimes, I'll find a decorative board, carved or otherwise, use it like a shelf, or to secure items on. It's nice to find a way to showcase decorative antique painted plates, to help show them off. There are special hangars for that, too - especially if you have troublemakers like cats in the house.

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on May 03, 2012:

I'm going to pass on to my husband the information about how to make a French Cleat. I'm not sure when it will come in handy but he is always interested in things like that. Very instructional lens. Blessing!

Indigo Janson from UK on April 06, 2012:

What a thorough guide to hanging pictures. It's something I've always been a little nervous about because if you mess it up you've got a hole in the wall. Thanks for your tips. What a great solution to neatly displaying the plane collection on a wall too!

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on April 04, 2012:

Informative AND fun, just like every job should be:)

anonymous on March 20, 2012:

Very good information. Well done, extremely informative.

miaponzo on March 19, 2012:

People here in Kuwait actually have these bars hung up in the recess of the wall and ceiling and they have movable hanging invisible line or even chains to hold their pictures on.. Blessed!

sweethomemaker on March 10, 2012:

A great lens enjoyed sharing this one with my friends

Delia on February 02, 2012:

Very helpful information..I had my husband hang a very old and heavy Mirror for me, but it had to be MY way...I wanted a 2" x4" nailed to the wall studs and then hang the Mirror on that, to me it was more safe..Hanging Pictures too low or high is also a big problem for most people.

truorder on January 29, 2012:

Thanks for all of the picture hanging tips. I love Superhooks. by Handytrends.

Blackspaniel1 on January 27, 2012:

Nice lens.

Heidi Reina from USA on January 10, 2012:

Very useful picture hanging tips.

spartakct on November 09, 2011:

Nice helpful lens! thanks!

surfsusan on October 10, 2011:

Call a handyman immediately ;)

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on September 13, 2011:

If you are trying to drill into concrete, for example a lintel, and not getting anywhere with a regular or hammer drill, borrow an SDS drill. I struggled for an hour a few months ago and got nowhere with my drill, yet with an SDS drill I had my holes drilled in seconds.

EMangl on September 13, 2011:

some of my friends should read this lens, i often wonder how careless are pictures attached to the wall with a simple nail and after some time they hang to the left or right side

Runnn on June 12, 2011:

Helpful tips

anonymous on April 18, 2011:

Very helpful, thanks!

anonymous on April 18, 2011:

Very helpful, thanks!

dc64 lm on April 15, 2011:

In all the places I've lived, I've never hung anything on the walls other than a poster or two. I knew I would be moving again in a few years, and so no place ever felt like home. Now that I own my house, I will soon get around to hanging stuff on the walls, (once I get them painted), and having never done that before, I found this site extremely helpful.

UKGhostwriter on April 03, 2011:

thanks for sharing this fantastic lens

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on April 03, 2011:

Very useful information!

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