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OK, now you hold it

…just a little higher…
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…no no, lower… After about an hour of this, anger sets in. My husband decides to go back to work. He is just SO impatient.

Hanging pictures can be a test for some couples, with even an inch to the left or right creating discord. It is much easier for one person (me) to make all the decisions. But how?

This invention is a video cam with a suction cup or tripod mount. With goggles having a tiny viewer wirelessly linked to the camera. So now I can be in both places at once. What do I need him for?

There is an additional neat feature to simplify the placement of the nail. Put a red dot sticker on the front of the picture where the nail should be placed. When I have the picture exactly right, I freeze frame the image using a voice command (or mouth clicker, or whatever). Now the freeze frame of me holding the picture in exactly the right place is overlaid with the real time image of me dangerously tottering on a ladder with nail and hammer in hand. In the viewer I can see when I’ve got the nail exactly on the red dot. And wham, perfecto!

(And there are many other uses for this, I'm sure.)
pluterday, Mar 05 2003


       Laser level, mounted on a tripod with a 3-axis head. Works like a charm. That's how I do it.
8th of 7, Mar 05 2003

       //Is hanging a painting *really* this hard to do?//

That's exactly what my husband says just before he slams the door!
pluterday, Mar 05 2003

       I use the Golden Mean:
.6 : 1.0 : 1.6
Once you understand how it woiks for practical poirposes, no more fuss and bother. Your art, etc. will be in the right place.
thumbwax, Mar 05 2003


       Ohhhh, I’m sorry UnaBubba honey, but it really should be a little further down. Yes, I know that the wall is already full of holes, but it just has to be balanced. It can’t be off center like that... What do you care how it looks? That’s just the problem, you don’t! ...Well, what about you, what if the holes in your bowling ball weren’t JUST RIGHT!
pluterday, Mar 05 2003

       // Laser guided precision hammer //   

       Ohhh, I need one of those ..... do Home Depot stock them ?
8th of 7, Mar 05 2003

       The best ones have goggles with built-in video that allow you to see it incoming as it homes in on your bunker. Ohhhhhh...<waving hands to one side, like that will have some effect...>
pluterday, Mar 05 2003

       //I have not owned, nor will I ever own, a bowling ball.//

I’m sorry UnaDear, I know I wasn’t supposed to mention that. <purses lips> But, if you would just once let ME decide on the pictures…if they weren’t all so mathematically uniform…
pluterday, Mar 05 2003

       <I have not owned, nor will I ever own, a bowling ball.> Somebody send UB a bowling ball by registered mail.
mrthingy, Mar 05 2003

       . . . or better yet, by collect phone call.
bristolz, Mar 05 2003

       <aside> My dad was once charged with the task of hanging a mirror in our kitchen. He tool the opportunity to show me how a spirit level works, discussed the fact that most houses are not quite level, explained that the ceiling and the floor weren't really parallel and that you needed to use rawl plugs for certain wall types.   

       Taking as many of the above factors into account, he then expertly hung the mirror up.
"Tell me son, you've watched me for the last 10 minutes - is this mirror straight?"
"Yup", I replied.
"I think so too - now go get your mother" he said with a wry smile.
I got my mum, who entered the room, immediately going to the mirror:
"That's lovely Pete - really nice - I'll just..." - and proceeded to adjust the mirror to her liking.

       My dad smiled at me and, as he walked out the room, said "Son, there is a lesson in life there somewhere - I'll leave it to you to work it out."
Jinbish, Mar 05 2003

       women are level headed?
po, Mar 05 2003

       [UB] But surely when you've rotated your pictures 4 times they'll be just like they were at the beginning?
hippo, Mar 05 2003

       // send UB a bowling ball //   

       Can we not arrange for it to be dropped from a great height ?
8th of 7, Mar 05 2003

       /women are level headed?/

Ha! Good one, [po].
X2Entendre, Mar 05 2003


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