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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?

Hangman Picture Hanging System [Manufacturer’s Site]
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6 Responses to Hangman Products

  1. Todd says:

    I tried a pack last night for the first time with a 40 lb mirror. I saw them at Target and thought what the hell? I have to say, I’m very impressed with the concept. Mine only came with two holes for the wall bracket. I used their hardware, but I also added an extra hole and sent an additional screw into a stud. I wouldn’t be comfortable without hitting a stud, but aside from that. It was a lot better than the standard alternatives in my opinion.

  2. JC says:

    I use these frequently. They’re holding up a number of relatively light pictures in my house, and the heaviest item I’ve used one on is a headboard that weighs around 50 lb. I don’t remember on the short units, but the longer ones come with a built-in level.

    They’re great – I recommend them without reservation.

  3. OlderThanDirt says:


  4. DeadGuy says:

    I recommend them too. I use them to hang all sorts of pictures. It only takes a few minutes to do. Get the height right, but don’t worry too much about centering it – you can slide the picture back and forth. The only drawback is that the bottom of the picture often hovers off the wall a bit and sometimes that doesn’t look right.

    The absolute easiest hanger is a set of sharp, forked “teeth” that I have a 100 lb mirror hanging on. I have one set on each top corner and just punched it to the drywall. I bought them at a furniture store, of all places, but they make hanging things a piece of cake. Hold it up until the wife says it is right and just push it to the wall. The teeth dig straight in to the drywall and keep the item flat to the wall and exactly where you put it. The drawback is that any moving requires patches and paint.

  5. Dot says:

    Dear OlderThanDirt,
    Sometimes we are driven to desperate measures.

  6. Eddie says:

    The commercial version of this is the panel Z-clip system, which is quite robust. Monarch is one supplier: http://www.monarchmetal.com/ . They advertise regularly in the woodworking trade magazines. Another company makes a similar product, but the name escapes me for the moment.

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