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Don’t Leave Us Hanging: Shelves and Pictures 101

Franklin Tenant Hanging Artwork in Their New HomeWhen hanging shelves and pictures in your Franklin rental home, it is crucial to do so as safely as possible. Household accidents and falls result in over 30 million doctor’s office and emergency room visits each year. To avoid injury, understanding, and obeying proper safety guidelines is very essential.

Classified among the first elements to ascertain regarding hanging shelves and pictures safely is to take the time to do the job correctly. Properly installed shelves can last for years, but sadly, a hurried job certainly makes your shelves both ugly and dangerous. Before you start, you do need to know where you want to place the shelves or pictures and then gather the proper tools and materials.

Some homes have drywall for their interior walls, which is not strong enough to hold heavy objects. To hang shelves and large pictures, you would need to anchor them to the wooden studs in your walls. To discover them, you might need a stud finder. It is critical to place shelf supports and picture hangers on wooden studs to keep the shelves and pictures from falling, probably destroying walls and floors and maybe even hurting someone.

After, plan out the placement of your shelves and pictures. Use a measuring tape, pencil, and a level to ensure that your installation will result in proper placement. Suppose you are hanging shelves at a height that would require a ladder, make it a point to apply proper safety precautions. Ladders alone injure more people than any other household accident.

For pictures, the height at which you hang your pictures is critical. Just in case it’s accomplished badly, the outcome could look out of balance or unprofessional. As a basic rule, the center of a framed picture should be located approximately 57 inches above the floor (this is eye level for the average person). Measure and mark the placement of each picture attentively before doing the following step.

Thereafter, you then have to determine what type of screws, anchors, and brackets you will need to support the item’s weight. For shelves, be sure to include the weight of the objects that will be stored there. It is a smart idea to overestimate the weight, just to be safe. To place screws, anchors, and brackets in the studs and walls, you may, in all probability, need a drill driver or other power tool.

Be certain to educate yourself on the proper use of your drill driver before attempting to use it for the first time. When you have to hang shelves or pictures on a brick or concrete wall, that requires a masonry bit and plastic anchors to install the screws needed to hold the shelf or picture in place. Whenever you’re prepared to install the shelf or picture, think about enlisting someone there to help lift and keep things steady. A different perspective or opinion on your placement and measurements never hurts, either.

If screws, drills, and power tools are not something you are familiar with, pictures can also be secured to the walls by other methods such as double-sided adhesives. Remember, some adhesives may be permanent or removable, so make sure to select the one that best suits your needs.

By taking a few precautions and choosing the right tools, you can start hanging shelves and pictures on the walls of your Franklin rental home in no time.

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