Trying to hang a heavy picture with two anchors and make sure it's level is enough to drive a person mad. Instead of peppering your walls with 3000 holes trying to get it right, whip out the wax paper.
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How-to-do-everything website eHow has a pretty slick trick for getting pictures hung just so without a lot of trial and error. Once you've marked the wall where you want to hang your frame, put your picture face down on a table and tear off a strip of wax paper a few inches longer than the frame itself.
Tape the paper to the top of the frame, right over the mounting brackets, then mark the location of the bracket by piercing a hole in the paper. Pull the wax paper off the frame, line up the two holes, and fold the wax paper in half. Now you've got a perfect template of your frame and its mounting brackets.
Tape the wax paper on the wall exactly where you want to hang the picture, drive nails through the holes you pierced in the paper, and there you have it. Slap your frame on the wall and you're done. Check out the post for details on how to hang a picture with wax paper, then hit up our info on hanging perfectly centred artwork for more tips.
What's your secret to hanging pictures without tearing out half your wall in the process? Let us know in the comments.