Having owned and operated a framing shop, I’ve seen what happens when people don’t properly hang heavy frames on walls.

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Having owned and operated a framing shop, I've seen what happens when people don't properly hang heavy frames on walls. To avoid such calamities, always use wire and hangers rated for the load. Then, attach them in the arrangement shown. This distributes the weight to the bottom of the frame, with tension pulled only from the sides. Always angle the hangers on the frame and the wall to properly spread the weight. Place at least two hangers in the wall to ensure the frame stays level.
—Tony Rush, Springfield, Ore.