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Aug 24, 2018 05:50:32   #
Lukabulla
 
Hi Everyone ,
I have lots of photos in Picture Frames in my home .
About every 2 weeks I have to straighten them out as they go crooked
just a little bit ..

Anyone know why this is ?
Are there small seismic activity going on ?

I call upon any people with Scientific knowledge to answer .

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Aug 24, 2018 06:13:17   #
Georgews
 
Poltergeists - we have the same problem

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Aug 24, 2018 06:32:42   #
Stephan G (a regular here)
 
Lukabulla wrote:
Hi Everyone ,
I have lots of photos in Picture Frames in my home .
About every 2 weeks I have to straighten them out as they go crooked
just a little bit ..

Anyone know why this is ?
Are there small seismic activity going on ?

I call upon any people with Scientific knowledge to answer .


No constructed building in completely still. The tall skyscrapers are even designed to sway. However, your source for the micro seismic vibrations are as close as your feet. Every time someone walks across the floor, rumblings are created that pass into the walls. Also every time someone 'plops' unto a chair causes vibrations. Add to this the various vehicles marching outside. The various sounds you hear are vibrations that resonate through the walls. Even Nature buffets the house every so often with winds, the changing barometric pressure, the movement of the ground below.

The frames are usually suspended on a single nail, creating a pivot point of a pendulum. And the wire, or hanging point, does allow the frame to "swing" in response to the ambient vibrations. One of the many available solutions is the "anchor" the bottom of the frame with double-sided tape to the wall.

In our next chapter we will address the poltergeists with their hatred for perfectly hanging frames.

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Aug 24, 2018 06:37:27   #
RWR (a regular here)
 
Lukabulla wrote:
Hi Everyone ,
I have lots of photos in Picture Frames in my home .
About every 2 weeks I have to straighten them out as they go crooked
just a little bit ..

Anyone know why this is ?
Are there small seismic activity going on ?

I call upon any people with Scientific knowledge to answer .

Suspend them from two points.

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Aug 24, 2018 08:22:15   #
Charlie'smom
 
RWR wrote:
Suspend them from two points.


Yep

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Aug 24, 2018 08:42:01   #
dsmeltz (a regular here)
 
Something I have always wanted time to do is install picture railing in several rooms to allow for fast and easy movement of displayed art.

https://abeautifulmess.com/2015/05/installing-picture-rail-moulding.html

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Aug 24, 2018 08:46:52   #
Morning Star
 
Lukabulla wrote:
Hi Everyone ,
I have lots of photos in Picture Frames in my home .
About every 2 weeks I have to straighten them out as they go crooked
just a little bit ..

Anyone know why this is ?
Are there small seismic activity going on ?

I call upon any people with Scientific knowledge to answer .


Lots of small seismic activity in our area. Lots of heavy traffic (loaded tractor-trailers) on the main road two blocks from our house. Never noticed any of my pictures going crooked.
Maybe the key is in the little rubber (or other "sticky" material) bumpers on the backs of the lower corners of the frames.

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Aug 24, 2018 16:34:43   #
G Brown
 
Trafic and slamming doors can also cause it - use a little blue tack on one lower corner and see if that will stop them dancing on the walls

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Aug 25, 2018 06:23:10   #
11bravo
 
RWR wrote:
Suspend them from two points.
As others have said, 2 point suspension solves most of the shifting problems. Takes a bit more work, but well worth it. For small frames, a wide hook helps.

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Aug 25, 2018 09:26:53   #
Tjohn
 
The ground is always shaking but mostly too little to notice. Any decent seismograph will show it. Any wind on structures will increase structure movement. We also have earth tides, just like tides in the sea, and they are measurable. Every time you walk across a room you are setting things in motion. Oh, and don't talk either.
If a picture is hung not EXACTLY centered it will be shifted over time.

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Aug 25, 2018 09:45:26   #
gvarner (a regular here)
 
Push a needle into the back of the frame at a corner and cut it off to about 1/16" or so and press it into the wall. That will hold your frames in place. Houses jiggle.

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Aug 25, 2018 09:56:20   #
Guyserman
 
Stephan G wrote:
No constructed building in completely still. The tall skyscrapers are even designed to sway. However, your source for the micro seismic vibrations are as close as your feet. Every time someone walks across the floor, rumblings are created that pass into the walls. Also every time someone 'plops' unto a chair causes vibrations. Add to this the various vehicles marching outside. The various sounds you hear are vibrations that resonate through the walls. Even Nature buffets the house every so often with winds, the changing barometric pressure, the movement of the ground below.

The frames are usually suspended on a single nail, creating a pivot point of a pendulum. And the wire, or hanging point, does allow the frame to "swing" in response to the ambient vibrations. One of the many available solutions is the "anchor" the bottom of the frame with double-sided tape to the wall.

In our next chapter we will address the poltergeists with their hatred for perfectly hanging frames.
No constructed building in completely still. The ... (show quote)

Double sided tape can pull the paper off of drywall.

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Aug 25, 2018 09:59:59   #
redhogbill
 
I live next to an old military air base, its now a civilian base but the military uses it still, I am straitening my picture daily

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Aug 25, 2018 10:57:45   #
Neilhunt
 
Try hanging with two hooks each a few inches in from the end of the wire.

Then, if you do live in a seismic active area, a third book in the middle, but upside down, and about half an inch lower than the other two, to hold the wire down if the wall shakes.

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Aug 25, 2018 10:58:15   #
Picture Taker (a regular here)
 
SUPPERGLUE

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