Anyone who has operated a drill will know the pain of drilling holes to mount an object which has specifically placed holes on the back only, so you can’t simply stick your pen through them to mark the places you will need to drill. Whether it’s a picture frame, a bracket, or a shelf, this trick will get you perfectly spaced holes every single time, and it’s ridiculously simple!
All you need to do is to take a photocopy of the thing that you’re hanging, and then you can hold the photocopy up to the wall and drill right through it. If you don’t have access to a photocopier, you could similarly trace the holes onto a piece of paper and use that the same way. Either way, the guess work is taken out of it and you won’t be patching up any excess or poorly spaced holes. It makes for a smooth hanging process every time.
Just don’t forget your spirit level; while this hack will get you perfectly spaced holes, it won’t make it straight for you!
This article originally appeared on Starts at 60.