How to Nail Into a Wall for Hanging Pictures

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How to Nail Into a Wall for Hanging Pictures
Find the wall studs before nailing and hanging a picture. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

When hanging pictures on a wall, it's necessary to find the wall stud to hold the items properly. Nails hold pictures securely when hammered into a wall stud instead of only drywall. Hammering a nail into drywall not only does little to hold the picture in place, it may end with a chunk of drywall ripped out as the picture falls to the floor. After locating a wall stud, determine the correct nail size for the picture you want to hang.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Lamp or flashlight
  • Nails
  • Hammer

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    Glide a stud finder slowly over the wall area. The stud finder emits a sound or light when it crosses over the wall stud. If you do not have a stud finder, use a bright flashlight, or remove the lampshade from a small lamp. Turn on the lamp or flashlight and hold it 1 foot from the wall. Look for drywall tape or nails that cover the wall studs. Mark the stud's area with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Place a nail over the marked area. Angle the nail so the head tips slightly up.

  3. 3

    Tap the nail head gently with a hammer. Drive the nail 3/4 of the way into the wall stud, allowing a portion of the nail to stick out.

  4. 4

    Hang the picture on the nail head, centring it on the wall.

Tips and warnings

  • Use thick nails for heavier pictures so they don't fall.

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