I’ve been postponing hanging some family pictures for a while — OK, it’s been years; happy now? — but recent “suggestions” from my patient but persistent wife prompted me to actually do something. Naturally, the first thing I did — in order to procrastinate further — was to check the web to see if I had all the necessary stuff. One site (TM 11/11/07) — our favorite — had a reference to a nice tutorial. I also ran across the Hangman Products site and noticed they have several items relevant to my pending project, plus a neat motto (Hang It Level Every Time®).
One of those items, the Hangman Hanging System pictured on the left above, is a metal version of a French cleat with a built-in level (on some versions the level vial is removable). The Hanging System (starting around $8 or more depending on size) can hold from 40 to 300 pounds, so it should more than adequate to handle any pictures I have. The screws pictured on the right are their self-drilling Wall-Dog™ fasteners (around $2.50 per 10-pack) for “light to medium anchoring” into wallboard or wood. They also make Bear Claw™ double-headed fasteners specifically for picture wire and D-rings.
The Hangman Products (now apparently a division of, or owned by, Hillman) are available at all the major big box stores, so I thought I would pop into one or two and check them out — and maybe, just maybe, also see if there are any tools I should have on my Christmas wish list. Before I do, however, I would like to get some opinions. Have any Toolmongers used their products? What do you think of them? Do you have any preferred alternatives?