Preparing your pictures for hanging #5
A little bit of preparation can make it a lot easier to hang your pictures exactly where you want them to be on the first try.
If possible, install a picture wire across the back of your pictures. Install the wire so that the hanger distance (apex of the wire) is the same distance from the top of the frame on all your similar size pictures. This makes it easier to place the picture hook correctly on the first try. You can also make minor adjustments to the wire instead of moving the hook if the pictures do not line up exactly. Read the series How to hang pictures – #7,8 & 10 discuss adding picture wire.
If you have pictures with the claw bracket on the back and you prefer to use that rather than add wire, make sure the bracket is dead centre on the frame, it usually isn’t. If it is off-centre, pry it off and reinstall it correctly. If the bracket is not centred, the picture will never hang straight and you will never get it to line up with the others well without moving the nail many times leaving many nail holes behind. Use a flat-head nail not a hook to hang a picture with a claw tooth bracket. You have to measure hanger distance for a claw tooth bracket as well as a picture wire because the claw is not at the very top of the frame. If you put your nail in at the top of the frame mark the pictures will not line up. Read How to hang pictures #9 for detailed instructions about hanging pictures using a claw toothed bracket.
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