You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Handyman on Call

What’s the best way to hang pictures on a wall?

Q. We recently replaced all of our windows and as a result had to repaint all of our walls. We want to re-hang our pictures, mirrors, etc. What is the best way to do that? We can use nails and hooks but there are a lot of other products on the market and I am not convinced they will stick and stay. Can you recommend an approach? We don’t have any particularly heavy pieces except two mirrors. BERNIE BONN

A. I must assume your walls are drywall (plasterboard) or plaster on lath. Hanging pictures is easy with picture hooks, which come in different sizes and work well and are dirt cheap, because the nails are driven at an angle so they hold well. You can improve the nail’s hold and prevent damage to the wall by putting a piece of duct tape on the wall to drive the nail through. Other types of hangers are also good, but too expensive to bother with. The plain old hooks come in many sizes, including ginormous ones for your heavy mirrors.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week