#648 – Sticky

Hanging paintings or framed photos can be frustrating when you are by yourself. It’s hard to stand right up against the wall and know what it looks like from across the room at the same time. I’m always paranoid that I’ll have to move it to another position that reveals the hole I just made from my first attempt. Friends of mine live in a log house, their decisions are a little more permanent. They don’t get to patch and paint every few years.

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35 thoughts on “#648 – Sticky”

  1. Sciuridae says:

    I try to be the one that hammers the nail rather than the one that says “move it a bit higher… to the left…”, so I’m not to blame if the chosen spot is wrong. I might be blamed of overhammering, but never of poor judgement 😛

  2. Trevor says:

    poor Grammar win.

  3. I forgot what I used before says:

    I kind of think the “he” throws off the general tone of the comic from what I’ve seen. It’s just aesthetic I guess though.

  4. £cake says:

    Funny as heck! SONIC DUCT TAPE CANNON!

    But I also agree with Trevor, I suggest a grammar cleanup…

  5. I forgot what I used before says:

    *Edit* “…from what I’ve seen before.”

  6. Stephania says:

    When I’ve got to hang something up by myself, I use a little leveler. Unless the object is too heavy, then I’m more likely to drop it on my toe.

  7. Kurast says:

    I vote the word ‘ain’t’ be substituted instead of ‘isn’t’

  8. Araxiel says:

    It should read ‘Hanging paintings wasn’t as hard as he thought it would be’. It makes sense how it is now, but using ‘wasn’t ‘ makes it sound better grammatically, I agree.

    Is this ‘random internet guy tries to correct Chris’ captions’ week? I’d hate to be that much of an annoying reader…

  9. Araxiel says:

    …snaps, I was gonna make a comment about the bronzed Rembrandt and completely forgot.

  10. I SO need to do this!!!

  11. Naiviv says:

    It is completely fine grammatically. Having the first part of the sentence being in the present tense and the second part in the conditional is perfectly correct, standard English. If you were to change anything, you could change the “thought” to “had thought,” but it is completely unnecessary to change “isn’t” to “wasn’t.”

  12. Chris says:

    Well, fortunately I have a wonderful editor that cleans up all my captions before they are printed in any of the books. 🙂

  13. Foxhound2 says:

    He like electronic stuff to much.

  14. DTanza says:

    Biff Biff Biff…silly….creature?

  15. MaskedMan says:

    Dude..!
    That’s one helluva tape gun!

    I hate hanging stuff on the wall, too – I use rail mounting systems, instead. That lets me play with the laser level (something Biff should NEVER be allowed to touch!), set the rails, and be done with it forever more.

  16. MaskedMan says:

    Oh, and…

    Grammar Nazis FTL.

    It makes sense – leave it alone.

  17. Tarrant says:

    I want one of those.

  18. Darren says:

    I think the grammar is perfectly matched with the childlike innocence of Biff in learning and exploring his surroundings. It’s clear and concise everyday speech.

  19. reynard61 says:

    Ugh! That’s the kind of thing my mom would do. To her, any mechanical-type job can be accomplished with either Duct Tape or WD-40. (Sometimes *BOTH!!!*)

  20. Ian says:

    That is the most intense tape gun I have ever seen. I need one, is it powered by electricity or the innocents and love of Biff? I hope electricity..not much innocents here…ha ha ha.

  21. Zaffa says:

    Awesome. I high-powered tape gun, likely capable of insta-fixing everything in a 10 mile radius on one roll of tape.

  22. Simply amazing. I have read through every one of these, and if I could use a Biff shirt as an advert I would gladly do it. Unfortunately, all I can do is add the website to my favourites…

  23. @reynard61: You only need two tools in life. If it doesn’t move but should, use the WD-40. If it does move but shouldn’t, use the duct tape.

  24. fluffy says:

    I live alone and hanging paintings is not a problem. I just eyeball where I want the first one to go, then I use the top of it as a reference point. Then I face the next picture against the wall and pull up on the wire and then measure the distance from the wire to the top of the frame, and then I know that’s how far down from the top line to put the next hook.

    As far as horizontal positioning, I just add up the widths of all the pictures, subtract that from the width of the wall, and then divide that by one more than the number of pictures. That gives me the inter-picture (and picture-to-corner) spacing S, and so working from the outside in I start at S, add half the width of that picture to get the horizontal position where the nail should go, then hang the picture, and from its next edge I add S, and so on. By doing one on the left and then one on the right, I’ll end up with a nice balanced gap in the middle (assuming an even number of pictures). For an odd number of pictures, for the last one I just take the midway point between the right edge of the rightmost left and the left edge of the leftmost right to get where to hang the center one.

    It’s not totally precise but it’s close enough. Sometimes I end up with a picture higher or lower than the top-line (since my initial measurement sometimes doesn’t tense the wire enough), in which case I just have to make another hole directly above or below the original one.

    Math is useful!

  25. Speakerblast says:

    I don’t keep paintings in my room because it woulod drive me mad if they were not perfectly straight.

    Argh.

  26. reynard61 says:

    @ Andre Mordre: I’ll remember that the next time I’m working on something that requires a screwdriver, wrench or saw… <⁄sarcasm>

  27. @reynard61: No need to use the screwdriver! Just duct tape the pieces together or WD-40 them apart! Wrench, same thing! Saw? WD-40 the wood in half! These two tools solve EVERYTHING!

  28. I forgot what I used before says:

    Now I remember, I once used Address before. It was driving me nuts.

  29. Trevor says:

    I was talking about using he instead of Biff.

  30. starseedjenny says:

    @Amateur Grammar Nazis – How about you actually know what you’re talking about before you start tripping over perfectly correct grammar?

  31. Kai Shenlong says:

    Looks like Biff finally made a heavy-duty, bettery-powered version of the lightning-powered tape dispenser.

  32. Is that a painting of a member of the Blue Man Group?
    Yeah, I’m sure it’s just abstract oval art, but it kinda looks like one of them, except they don’t wear green shirts.

  33. Chuck says:

    I hate tape guns.

  34. A Squid says:

    I agree w/Trevor on that one.
    @/starseedjenny et.al:
    understand the opposing argument before responding.

  35. Chuck says:

    @Trevor, using “he” instead of “Biff” is a matter of diction, not grammar.

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