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Hanging Photos

Hang PhotosHow to hang pictures and other items without damaging drywall or plaster?

Most photographs, art, posters, mirrors and other wall hangings can be hung on walls made of drywall and plaster.


Need help hanging pictures? Call  if you follow these simple steps from A1 Handyman 1-208-995-6457.



Walls are plastered a number of different ways: over wood lath; over rock lath, over wire lath, or with huge sheets of drywall. It's not unusual to find wire lath at the corners and rock lath beneath the walls in some old houses, but wire lath is used more commonly behind tile.


Back in the 1950s, walls were finished with three coats of plaster that dried like rock. Hooks with nails won't go in easily. You might consider using hooks that attach with adhesive.  Otherwise, you can pre-drill the holes and drive small plastic anchors into those spaces (if it  is drywall) or simply use screws when working with lath backed plaster walls.


Hang Pictures• Pick the lightest weight possible. Drywall is at the most risk from hanging photographs when the frame is heavy. Make sure you select the lightest possible frame prior to hanging anything on drywall to minimize the likelihood of drywall damage.

 • Use picture-hanging hooks, rather than heavy nails or screws. Although they may seem dainty, they are very secure. It’s all based on shear weight.

• Get the proper support in place. Wall fasteners offer support for hanging pictures in the home. They are available in both lightweight and heavyweight options and can prevent the need for repairing drywall later on. There are basically three types. A one-nail picture hook holds things that are 30 pounds or lighter. A two-nail picture hook holds pieces that are about 50 pounds. A three-nail picture hook holds pieces that are about 75 to 100 pounds.

• Use two picture hooks per artwork. Not only does this provide added security, but it helps art remain level over time, compared to items hung from a single point.

• Install D-rings when possible, rather than a wire, on the backs of frames, to hang from the picture hooks. Then it’s stationary, and not swinging on a wire. There’s no pendulum effect involved.

• If you think your picture might be a little too heavy for the wall, it’s best to use a stud finder to locate a supporting beam. If you’re not sure about the support for your frame, it may be beneficial to call in an experienced professional from A1 Handyman to help the decorating process move along while protecting the walls.

• Use a level and ruler to ensure that both the picture hooks and D-rings are aligned when installed.

• Remember that mistakes are fixable. If you damage some drywall or plaster while trying to hang a picture, there’s no need to panic. A1 Handyman can fix it just as good as any drywall contractor and you won't even notice the repair. We are experienced, licensed workers who know how to fix holes large and small in drywall. If you want to try the tiny holes in drywall yourself, use spackling or a similar substance. Most quick fixes will require touchup painting afterward. For those larger repairs and surfaces that are textured it is best to let the professionals from A1 Handyman handle the repairs.


Want professional help from the A1 Handyman experts? Contact us today at 1-208-995-6457 to schedule service.



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