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How to Hang a Heavy Picture on Drywall

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    LESLIE: Lori in Rhode Island, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today? 

    LORI: I’m interested in hanging a rather large picture. It’s about 35×27 inches in a heavy frame; weighs about 12, 13 pounds. But the wall that I want to put it on is an outdoor wall but it’s also on the wall above my back door. It’s on my stairway. I’m just very concerned about how to properly secure it so that if there’s anything with a slamming of the back door or something that it doesn’t … 

    TOM: Yeah, the banging of the door and that kind of stuff. 

    LORI: Exactly, exactly. 

    TOM: Yeah. 

    LORI: I mean I don’t want it shattered all over my stairs. You know? It’s just a perfect spot. 

    TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah, that would be a bad thing. There’s a really interesting little piece of hardware called a MonkeyHook … 

    LORI: OK. 

    TOM: … and it’s a wire that basically pierces the drywall and then locks the hook onto the wall. It’s really quite tight when it’s actually installed. 

    LORI: OK. 

    TOM: And that’s a really easy way to hang this. I would probably use two; even though one can hold up to 50 pounds. 

    LORI: Yep. 

    TOM: But this way you could actually have the wire supported between two of those, just in the unlikely event that the … 

    LORI: (overlapping voices) Alright, so side by side; not up and down. 

    TOM: Yeah, exactly. Side by side, yep. 

    LORI: Right, OK. 

    LESLIE: Exactly, to split the weight on the wire on the back. If you can get a nail into a stud, I mean that would be your best situation. 

    LORI: Right, but I mean it would have to have a hook on it. 

    LESLIE: Oh, absolutely. 

    LORI: Like I said, my concern is that it falls. Yeah, yeah. OK. Alright. No, that was helpful. That’s what I needed. 

    TOM: By the way, the website is MonkeyHook.com

    LORI: OK, thank you. 

    LESLIE: Thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit.

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