My first attempt at hanging a picture in my new flat resulted in a hole in the wall where the screw should be. What's the best way to hanging my pictures securely?
I recently moved into a new flat and I have a number of framed pictures to hang on the walls, ranging from smaller than an A4 sheet of paper to a few feet high. I don't have any sort of DIY experience and I've never hung a picture myself before.
Yesterday, I went to the hardware store to get started, and the person I spoke to suggested I purchase Redi Drives - these little fixtures you put into the wall and then put the screw into. They look like this
. The person at the store told me I could use a screwdriver to insert the fixture into the wall, and insert the screw into the fixture.
So today I tried to do that, and the fixture wouldn't stay wedged into the wall - I was left with a hole in the wall with just a crumbling mess inside it, which obviously would not hold the fixture. A few paint chips also flecked off around the hole. I stopped trying to insert the fixture when I noticed the back of a screw inside the hole - there must be a screw attached somewhere within the wall at that point. Here's a picture of the hole
I'm not sure whether the fact that there was a screw in that place already was what caused this and I was just unlucky with the placement, or if these walls are just unsuitable for this type of screw. I went out and bought some filler and patched up the wall, but I'd still like to hang the pictures. What do you think would work best here? I'm completely new to all of this so any advice would be sincerely appreciated.
More background: it's a rented flat, and the letting agent has told me it's OK to hang pictures up. There are also a few nails/screws already in the walls, left by the previous tenants, and they seem very secure. One is just a nail by itself, but the others seem to have a plastic doohickey flush against the wall that the nail is sitting inside (from Googling it looks like these are nail plugs). The plastic nail plugs are much smaller than the Redi Drives, and since it's a rental smaller would be better here.