Hacks For Hanging Picture Frames and Other Wall Art

first_imgWhen it’s time to hang a picture, chances are good that it’s time to break out the drill. Sure, some tiny little frames can be supported with push pins or tiny little brad nails, but a weighty frame — not to mention a shelf, a taxidermied stag’s head, or flatscreen TV — is likely going to require hooks and/or screws set into mollies. And mollies (the plastic mounting anchors used in drywall, for the hopelessly non-handy among you) mean a lot of drywall dust. But that dust doesn’t have to fall over your floor, furniture, and baseboards! No! Simply attach a Post-It note (brand nonspecific A-OK) to the wall just underneath your imminent drill site, fold up the non-adhesive portion of the paper until it is perpendicular to the all, and drill away! The fine powdery dust created by the drilling will be collected in a charming little pile atop the paper. Just don’t sneeze before you remove it.FORK YOUR WAY ONTO OUT-OF-THE WAY SCREWS OR HOOKSYou know how some frames use hanging wires that are strung across the central portion of the unit, such that you can’t possibly hope to reach the wire and guide it onto that little nub of nail/screw or loop of hook sticking out from the wall? Yeah, those suck. How much time has mankind lost repeatedly sliding a frame downward along a wall waiting for that moment of tension when we know we’ve finally hung that goddamn poster? I’ll tell you: too much. Well take heed, then! No more. Simple slide the tines of a fork down over the nail/screw/hook such that the handle of the utensil is angled away from the wall (and up, of course) and then try sliding the frame down one more time. Voilà! The fork will easily guide the wire down onto the hardware, and can then be plucked out of the way and then used to eat a salad or some pasta or whatever.CREATE A PAPER OUTLINEOne great way to hang a picture at the perfect placement is to first hang a paper stand-in. Trim a sheet of paper (newsprint, fancy card stock, I don’t care what you use, sir) to the exact size of the item to be wall-mounted. Now lay the paper over the back of said item and establish the point at which its mounting hardware will sit when actually on the wall (e.g. the wire under tension or the location of that little sawtoothed mounting strip thingy) and make a small hole in the paper at that point.Next, tape the piece of paper to the wall (painter’s tape, not duct) in the spot in which you’ll hang your diploma/Starry Night print/Slayer poster and, hey, look! A hole right where you need to sink that screw, nail, or hook! Go ahead and drive that screw/nail/hook right through the paper, then tear away your stand-in and hang that whatnot!PROTECT YOUR FINGERS WITH A CLOTHES PIN To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport Editors’ Recommendations Hanging pictures is easy to do.So why are there all those frames waiting to be hung in your home or office, buddy? Worried you’ll make a mess of things drilling too many holes in the wall? Or that you’ll never get those two frames hung in a level line? Or is just plain ‘ol inertia keeping you from some serious interior decorating excellence?Maybe if you knew just how clean, quick, and easy a process hanging artwork, pictures, and posters can be, you wouldn’t shy away from the project like that. Fortunately, I’m here to tell you just how clean, quick, and easy a process hanging artwork, pictures, and posters can be. All you need are a few great picture hanging hacks.MESS-FREE DRILLING WITH POST-IT NOTES This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked If you are hanging a smaller frame (or any number of such) that requires only a small brad nail (the name given to very small nails often used in finishing work or that you have for some reason chosen to anthropomorphize and name), you may be worried about a hammer smashing the tip of your finger into a useless bloody pulp. While that concern is probably hyperbolic and unfounded, no one likes a bonked finger. So instead of clutching that small nail with your digits, instead pinch it between the tip of a good old wooden clothes pin. That will allow for accurate placement while keeping your fingers several inches from the action and safe from injury unless you are really… really bad with a hammer.GO OVERKILL ON THE COMMAND STRIPSThose same clever Command Strips you used to hang stuff all over your college dorm room can be used to hang art around your home or office, of course. And in general, they really do pull off without ripping paint or wallpaper along with them. (But not always. No… not always.) If you have a larger, heavier object to hang, you still might be able to use a command strip, you just need to double down on the adhesive. That is to say you can use one of the regular, smaller command hooks that won’t push a frame away from the wall as a lager hook would, but use an oversized piece of adhesive from a larger strip. When command hooks give up and fall, 9 times out of 10 (this is a personal survey, not a scientific one) the adhesive stays attached to the hook but detaches from the wall. Doubling or tripling the amount of adhesive adhering to the wall greatly mitigates this issue. And in some cases, you can even dump the hooks altogether, just applying the adhesive to the frame and pressing that baby home. This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouseslast_img read more

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Wikileaks are up to something tonight But what

first_img Source: WikiLeaks/Twitter [email protected] is it about Simon Cowell?— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) July 29, 2014 WikiLeaks angered the United States in 2010 by publishing hundreds of thousands of classified documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a huge cache of US diplomatic cables that embarrassed governments worldwide.The group’s founder, Julian Assange, has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than two years as he fights sexual abuse charges.This evening’s announcement comes on the eve of the first anniversary former US soldier Chelsea Manning’s conviction on espionage charges.Previously known as Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst is serving 35 years in prison for passing along 700,000 secret documents to the Wikileaks organisation.Includes copy from AFPRead: The Wikileaks Party got fewer votes than the Australian Sex Party >Read: Watch: Julian Assange’s election song is really quite bizarre > As you might expect, there’s always some wag happy to try and fill the information vacuum… Source: Hugo Rifkind/Twitter THE WIKILEAKS ORGANISATION is promising a big announcement in the next few hours.The group’s given a few clues about it’s new revelations — but so far, this tweet’s all we’ve got to go on… ALERT: In the next few hours we will release an unprecedented national security super-injunction (secret gag order) involving four nations.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 29, 2014last_img read more

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