The simple yet ‘genius’ trick for hanging pictures and paintings perfectly in seconds – and you don’t need to touch a measuring tape
- Dad shares handy picture hanging hack
- He uses masking tape to mark out picture hooks
Aussies have been wowed by a simple trick that can be used to hang pictures up perfectly straight every time without using a tape measure or marking the wall.
Parents Wes and Alison, from Las Vegas, shared the nifty hack online and all you need is a piece of painter’s tape, a screw driver and a drill.
Wes placed a strip of masking tape over the back of the frame where the keyholes were and he then marked the location of the holes with a screw driver.
The dad then peeled the tape off the frame, stuck it to the wall where he wanted to hang the picture and drilled in holes over the tape where the marks were.
Thousands praised the ‘easy’ ‘game changing’ trick however some were quick to recommend using a spirit level to ensure the picture will be hung perfectly straight.
American couple Wes and Alison (pictured) have wowed thousands after sharing their super-simple hack for hanging pictures perfectly every time
Wes marked out where the picture hooks were on a piece of painters or masking tape, stuck it to the wall, drilled screws where the marks were, removed the tape ad hung the frame up
‘Where was this tip hiding,’ the online famous duo captioned a viral clip demonstrating how to do the picture hanging hack.
Rather than meticulously measuring out exactly where he needed to drill holes in the wall, Wes marked out where the picture hooks were on a piece of painters or masking tape.
He used a screw driver to puncture holes into the tape, placed the tape on the wall where he wanted to hang the picture then drilled screws into where the two holes were and peeled the tape off before hanging the frame.
Viewers were quick to point out, while Wes’s picture was straight, DIYers can use a spirit level to make sure a frame isn’t hung on an angle.
How to hang a picture up with a tape measure
Tools and Materials: Pencil, painter’s tape, nails, hammer, spirit level
- Apply tape
- Mark keyholes
- Tape distance from keyhole to edge
- Stick tape to wall
- Hammer in nails or apply hanging strips
- Hang picture
Source: Home Serve
‘Take it one step further and use a level to make sure tape is level. Easy peasy,’ one woman said.
‘Perfect but remember to put up a level line first!!,’ another suggested.
However most commenters were thankful for the ‘game changing’ home improvement tip.
‘Oh my goodness.. you have literally made my life easier! As a short person this is always a struggle, considering I literally have to make the holes and then step back to see if it’s straight!’ one viewer said.
‘I wish I’d have known this brilliant trick a few days ago when I hung up a clock…I have several holes in my wall!’ a second laughed.
‘That is amazing. I’m about to hang a window mirror and it needs precision hanging. This is the perfect perfect solution!!’ replied a third.
Others had their own tricks for hanging pictures including one who said they used toothpaste.
‘I dab toothpaste on the back where the nails should go press it against the wall nail and wipe off the toothpaste works like a charm!’ they shared.
‘Since I learned about this, I actually put the tape at the very top and work a second piece over the brackets or such for mounting. This helps so I know where the top of the frame will be when mounting near other photos,’ a second recommended.
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