Hanging Pictures with an Engineer
January 26, 2011
Charlie and I started hanging pictures last night.
Charlie is an Electrical Engineer by training. My degrees are in Philosophy and Art History. Our approach to picture hanging is different. Very, very different. I hold the picture up to the wall, place my finger where I think the nail should go and hammer it in. He looks at me and asks if I mind if he holds the hammer. He’s off to the tool box.
I let him have his way. You see, to do it correctly, it involves rulers and levels. And the right size nail. Because you don’t want to use a nail that’s too big and unnecessarily makes a larger-than-needed hole in the wall, do you? I’m shrugging my shoulders with you. But, if you’re engineer, these things matter. Some of you may not know that you’ve been doing it incorrectly all this time. If we’re hanging several pictures in a grouping, the spacing matters. As in to the millimeter. We look at each other. I smile and ask him if he minds if I blog about it. He laughs and says “go ahead”. We’ve been doing this for over thirteen years. Hanging pictures. Buying houses (which involves weighted matrices and questionnaires to be completed after viewing each house).
As newlyweds, we fought about these things. Now, for the most part, we laugh about them.
But, really, I have to ask you. Not that you’re taking sides. I wouldn’t ask you to do that. But, here’s his (pardon the blurry shot):
And, here’s one of the groupings that I hung today:
Is mine really that much worse than his, considering the fact that I used neither a ruler nor a level? I guess we’ll know when he gets home from work, because he will get the level out and straighten them. And I will laugh. Because I always do.