How To Put Up Pictures

hanging-picture-thumbnailBefore hanging a picture on a wall you need to consider how large and heavy the picture is. This will determine whether more than one person is needed. Will a ladder be required and, if so, will someone else be needed to hold it in place?

Does the picture have hanging wires or hooks on the back that are capable of holding its weight? If not, then the appropriate fixings will need to be sourced and fitted.

What sort of wall is the picture to be hung on? This is crucial, particularly in the case of a heavy picture. Plasterboard walls are often not strong enough to hold heavy items. The fixings can simply tear out of the wall. The wall may therefore need to be reinforced. The type of wall will also dictate what sort of equipment you need.

For a standard size and weight of picture on a plasterboard wall, a hammer and nails/picture hooks should suffice, although a screw and rawl/wall plugs may be better in some cases.

For a brick/harder wall, a drill with masonry bits will be required to fit screws and rawl/wall plugs. Plastic pin hooks are very easy to hammer in, but ensure that you have enough of them to hold the weight (it should indicate this on the packet). The danger with these is that, over time, the plastic hooks can dry out and simply snap off. Finally, if the wall is concrete (every handyman’s nightmare!), an SDS/pneumatic drill (concrete drill) will be required to get those screws in.

Positioning the picture is crucial. Whilst we obviously will hang the picture where the customer wants it, there are factors the handyman must consider that the customer may have overlooked:

For example, are there any electrical sockets or light switches that would be affected / obscured by the intended position of the picture? You must also check what is inside the wall you are about to drill into. Wires and pipes should really be situated in the middle of a partition wall but not always, so it’s best to err on the side of caution.

Check the other side of the wall as well just in case, particularly if there is a shower or other appliance mounted on it. You can buy a wire detector (around £20+) which you just run across the wall and it will bleep to let you know where the wires are. Some will also indicate where the studs (wooden structure behind the wall) are located. Screwing into the studs will provide much more strength than just going into the plasterboard which is relatively flimsy.

So there you are, there is more to hanging pictures than meets the eye which is why we are called out to do it for our customers every day.