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The easy-to-relocate metal hooks that make pegboard so versatile also make pegboard so frustrating. By design, the hooks pop right out of the hole so you can insert them elsewhere. Unfortunately, pulling tools off usually means the hook comes with it, which then falls and bounces out of sight.

Crawford’s Peg Locks are a solution — the picture shows how these small plastic clips attach over the hook and clip to the pegboard. Removal involves using a flat knife or screwdriver to pull out one tab.¬† About a dime each ($2.62 for a pack of 25 at Amazon), they fit both 1/4″ and 1/8″ pegboard.

Crawford Peg Locks [Corporate Site]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]


9 Responses to Crawford Peg Locks

  1. Jim German says:

    Sadly, I’ve found that these help, but after alot of use, they too pop off and then the hook quickly follows.

  2. Dave says:

    Small zip-tie would work, and probably cheaper, but would require access to the rear or pre-bending the zip-tie just right.

  3. PutnamEco says:

    Why not just get locking hooks?


  4. kyle says:

    these come in some sets of hooks that i have gotten before

  5. o1d_dude says:

    Not very effective in my experience.

    I take the time to search for the old style pegboard hooks as they tend to remain in solidly in place. What causes the old style hooks to wobble is repeatedly removing them from the pegboard which stretches out the peg hole. The issue is really the pegboard rather than the hooks.

    I’ve never tried it but have heard of guys hot gluing the hooks into the pegboard.

  6. Rob Retter says:

    Man, those plastic parts fly everywhere when you apply even the smallest bit of pressure upon the metal part in the course of removing whatever item you’re taking off the hook. The plastic parts just don’t stay put. Skip this product.

  7. Dexm says:

    Coincidence that a similar entry appeared on this tool blog 4 days before?



  8. Zathrus says:

    @Rob Retter:

    I don’t know what you’re doing, but I’ve used these for years and never had one “fly everywhere when you apply even the smallest bit of pressure”. If you actually hook them to the back side of the pegboard they stay put.

    That said, I also prefer the 1/4″ pegs for pegboard. The pictures is 1/8″ pegs, which need some kind of retainer or else they’re very loose and likely to come off. The 1/4″ stay put (if it has two pegs), but as o1d_dude says they’re hard to find (all of mine are inherited) and actually stretch the holes out some (making it even worse for the 1/8″ junk).

    The other option is to buy some 3/16″ round stock and bend it yourself on a vise or bending jig. I’ve done that some. Not pretty, but cheap and effective.

  9. John says:

    These are cheap plastic, and like all cheap plastic items, they soon break. I have some of the old style metal hook retainers, shaped like a figure 8 with one end open, that work great and don’t break. They slide down the hook, and fit into the hole directly beneath the one into which the hook is inserted. Can’t seem to find these anywhere online or in stores.

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