Introduction: How to Make Hanging Pictures Easier and Keep Your Nail From Slipping Into the Wall
This instructable is inspired by Camel_Doughnut's "Cheap Sea-Monkey Aerator!" instructable and is written in the same spirit.
After I made an aerator for my Sea Monkeys, I had trouble hanging my digital photo frame on the wall when the nail kept slipping flush with the wall.
The digital photo frame also serves as a memory card reader when I need to get pictures off the camera at work, but I have to take the frame off the wall to put in the card and the USB cable and I always had a hard time re-hanging the frame so I wanted some way to keep the nail from slipping.
Since I already had the straws out, I decided to try something and this instructable was born.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
This is a very simple instructable and you basically need a nail, a straw, some scissors, and some tape.
You could use a ruler too but the measurements aren't that precise so that's optional.
I'm doing this at work so I only used items readily available to me (I found a stash of bendy straws in the kitchen)
Step 2: Cut the Straw
Cut the straw to about one quarter inch long (about six millimeters).
The length of the cut isn't terribly important as long as it is long enough to keep the nail far enough from the wall to engage the keyhole or picture hook of the object that you are trying to hang.
Step 3: Fold the Straw
Slip the cut piece of straw over the nail and flatten it with your fingers.
Once it is well flattened, fold and wrap it around the nail to make the diameter of the doubled up straw smaller. I didn't find that this step was too critical either since the straw bends easily to conform with the keyhole shape of the frame.
Step 4: Tape the Straw
Take a piece of tape and wrap it around the straw to keep it doubled up. Don't worry about the tape overlapping the end of the straw, we'll take care of that in the next step.
Nothing critical here.
Step 5: Trim the Straw
Take the scissors and trim the tape flush with the ends of the straw. Take the nail out of the straw before cutting!
In the background, you see my Sea Monkeys in their Executive Sea Monkey set.
They're about six weeks old now and it looks like their about a quarter inch long. the magnifying bubbles are on the far side of the tank so you are seeing the sea monkeys--fairy shrimp really--unmagnified.
Step 6: Hang the Picture
Now your done, just have to push the nail in the wall and hang the picture.
Now when you go to put your picture frame back on the wall, no more struggling to align the nail perfectly with the hole.
I suppose it could be a game, like operation, but to me that game gets old and I'd rather have an easy time of it.
I hope the simplicity of this, my first instructable is outweighed by it's usefulness.