Hanging Heavy Pictures
I'm looking for some advice on how to hang pictures that weigh 10 kilograms or more, where there aren't any studs. Heidi Turner, Werribee, Victoria, Australia
Tom Silva replies: Let's see; 10 kilograms is about 22 pounds. No problem, if you use the Ooks picture hooks favored by museums and art galleries. These hooks can be secured to plaster or drywall with one or more nails, which are case-hardened, slender, and sharp, so they won't damage the wall surface, even rock-hard plaster. The largest hooks in this line will hold up to 100 pounds—about 45 kilograms—so you should be able to find one that suits any of your heaviest pictures.