Hanging pictures is easy if you know how. Here are some helpful tips for hanging pictures on drywall in your home.

To find the proper height for a nail or anchor in the wall:

  1. Mark the horizontal location of the center of the picture on a piece of masking tape on the wall.
  2. Snip off an 8” to 10” piece of wire coat hanger and bend the ends in opposite directions.
  3. Hook the wire hanger on the picture wire with the bottom of the wire hanger facing the wall.
  4. Hold the picture with the wire hanger and line it up with the center line on the masking tape.
  5. Position the picture at the desired height, and press the wire hanger into the wall.
  6. Move the picture and drive a nail at a steep upward angle into the indentation in the wall.

When hanging heavy objects, like a large painting or mirror, a wall anchor made for drywall can support much more weight than a nail. Check out the articles below for more information on wall anchors and hanging pictures.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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