Handyman jobs completed – 2016 Highlights (Part 3)

Handyman jobs completed – 2016 Highlights (Part 3)


Extreme Picture and Art Hanging

For this post, I decided to highlight some of the picture and art hanging jobs I’ve completed.  They have ranged from hanging gigantic art REALLY high on a wall, to hanging large pieces of art on curved stairways (once I even had to build a platform for my ladder), to hanging groupings of three or more (this is when my Bosch line laser comes in super handy).  I’ve also hung large and very heavy mirrors and even hung an antique barn door on a wall.    


In the first picture, I hung a 7-foot by 7-foot painting 20 feet high.  For this one, I had help from my brother-in-law.  I couldn’t have done it without him.  I hung this when I was still working as a geologist.  Don’t tell my old boss, but I actually hung this while I was on my lunch break!


In the second picture, I hung three pictures on a curved stairway.  Hanging groupings of three or more can tricky.  But throw in some stairs and a curved wall and you have a real challenge.  Plus, this stairway was so curved, my ladder wouldn’t fit on it, so before I could even start getting measurements, I had to build a platform for my ladder (if you look at the picture closely, you can see it).  And because the stairway was curved, I couldn’t use a french cleat (more on these later).  I had to use the D-rings that were on the back of each piece.  If you’ve ever hung anything with D-rings, you know it can be tricky to get it level under normal circumstances.  Just think of how challenging it is when you’re hanging three items… while on a ladder… on a curved wall!  As you can see from the picture, they turned out perfect.  In fact the homeowner had me hang several other items once I was done.  


The third and fourth pictures show how I hung an antique door on a dining room wall.  Since the door was relatively heavy and located at a height where it could get bumped by children, I had to make sure it was 110% secured to the wall.  AND, since it was a door, it was not meant to be hung on a wall, so it didn’t have any hanging brackets.  


To get this one right, I decided to use two sets of french cleats.  If you have not ever used french cleats, I highly recommend them.  They make hanging large items a breeze.  I buy mine from Amazon, but they are also available at Lowe’s and Home Depot.  I typically keep different sizes in my Ultimate Handyman Trailer.  


For this project, I used two 6-inch-long french cleats.  I made sure that both sets were anchored into 2×4 studs.  As you can see in the picture, I used my laser (I really love this thing) to make sure they were level.  You can see the French cleats on either end.  The two things in the middle are Post-It Notes.  I use Post-It Notes to mark the center of the wall/height of the item, that way I don’t have to put marks on the wall.  Plus if I need to make an adjustment, I can just move the Post-It Notes.    Once that was done, it was just a matter of fastening the other half of the French cleats to the door and then hanging it on the wall.

The rest of the pictures show some of the other pictures I have hung in 2016.  In most of the photos, you can see how I used my laser to make sure everything was perfect.  


To read more about some of the Handyman jobs I have completed, click on the “blog” tab on the top right side of the header.


Have a great day!
Adam Taylor



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