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April 08, 2008

Hang & Level - How to hang a picture without arguments or irritation

P1020887_hi_rezSee Mag's 3-minute video demonstration

I first heard about this tool from alert reader Wayne Thurston: 
Mag,  I recently came across the most invaluable tool for picture hanging.  I spent almost 20 years selling, instructing and consulting to the picture frame industry and, now in retirement, have finally found the best.  You can view it on the company website (western Canada)  It's wonderfully called, "Hang & Level", and as advertised, "Marks EXACTLY where the nail goes". Check it out, I use it and it's the closest to perfect I have found.  Wish I had invented it.


I've had huge fun with this tool since I took Wayne's advice and ordered mine online from Under the Roof Decorating ($19.99).  The Hang & Level enables you to effortlessly hang pictures, photos and art objects in a fraction of the time it used to take. You don't need pencils, measuring tapes or swearing. 

P1020906_hang_level_high_res To use the Hang & Level, choose the object you want to mount. Hang it on Hang & Level's perky little hook (or the double hooks for heavier objects), then hold the tool against the wall.  Raise the picture or object to the height that feels right. Then, lift the artwork off the tool and push the small ‘button’ on the lower half of the Hang & Level tool. On the opposite side of the button is a sharp metal spike, which presses a tidy little divot into the wall surface, marking the precise spot where the nail should go.  No pencils, no measuring, no name calling. 

For gobs of picture hanging tips, visit the Hang & Level web site.

See Mag's 3-minute video demonstration of the Hang & Level tool


Richard G, Moore

I enjoy your column each week and have derived lots of good tips from it

Wayne Thurston

Always enjoy reading your newsletter. Loads of great ideas and helpful advice, not to mention the wonderful humour you add to each. Thank you for a wonderful, upbeat letter.


Thanks, guys. Glad to know you're happy. By the way, if you know of any more tools you think we should review, please send along your suggestions. Thanks.



Yeah, I've seen this. Looks really cool, but $20 seems pricey for a piece of plastic. Normally, I just measure the distance from the floor where I want the picture, measure the distance from the top of the picture to top the of mounting wire when it's taut, subtract that from the first number (distance from floor), and put the nail at that distance from the floor for each picture. Now that I think about it, maybe $20 isn't too much.


I enjoy Reading all your blogs Mag, you do an awesome in each of them. it takes alot of hard work and commitment( committment is one t or two t's?) to do it all and Mag thats what you have.
take care

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