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Don’t Leave Us Hanging: Shelves and Pictures 101

Grand Junction Tenant Hanging Artwork in Their New HomeWhenever you’re hanging shelves and pictures in your Grand Junction rental home, it is crucial to do so as safely as you can. Household accidents and falls result in over 30 million doctor’s office and emergency room visits each year. To avoid injury, knowing clearly, and observing proper safety guidelines are very significant.

One of the first things to grasp well concerning hanging shelves and pictures safely is to take the time to do the job correctly. Properly installed shelves can last for years, while a job that’s hurriedly put together can truly make your shelves both ugly and dangerous. Before you start this off, you do need to know where you want to place the shelves or pictures and then gather the proper tools and materials.

Many 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 identify them, you will have to use a stud finder. It is imperative to place shelf supports and picture hangers in wooden studs to keep the shelves and pictures from falling, maybe destroying walls and floors and in all likelihood even harming someone.

Subsequently, 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. If you are hanging shelves at a height that would require a ladder, bear in mind to employ 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. When done terribly, the result could look really out of balance or unprofessional. As a basic principle, 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 thoroughly before getting on with the subsequent steps.

After that, you will need to carefully 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 always a great idea to overestimate your weight, just to be safe. To place screws, anchors, and brackets in the studs and walls, you would in all probability need a drill driver or other power tool.

Be sure to educate yourself on the proper use of your drill driver before attempting to use it for the first time. Supposing you have to hang shelves or pictures on a brick or concrete wall, that may require a masonry bit and plastic anchors to install the screws required to hold the shelf or picture in place. By the time you’re ready to install the shelf or picture, think about asking someone to be there with you to help lift and steady things. Another opinion on your placement and measurements never hurts, either.

If screws, drills, and power tools are not something you are quite knowledgeable 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 be certain to choose the one that best suits your requirements.

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

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