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    What do you recommend customers use for hanging a piece with wall buddies on it?

    Until now, I have suggested inserting two expansion plugs (rawl plugs) into the wall board / sheet rock, and threading a screw into them to hang the wall buddies on. Thinking about this now however, I wondered if ordinary 40lb, or higher picture hooks would also work.

    What do you think?

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    The wall hooks that come with the wallbuddies are good for quite a bit of weight. I hung one of those big win-devon serigraphs with matting and a 3 1/2" frame 2 days ago, probably around 40 x 60, and do so pretty regularly. We used wall anchors with wallbuddies to hang a really thick, large mirror and it worked. Hung it up for a couple weeks in the workshop first [img]smile.gif[/img]

    Anyway, we use the hooks that come with them. Ordinary wall hooks seem like they would stress too weird because of the angle.

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    Johnny:

    I don't know about the hooks you are referring to. My wife is the one that picks them up from our suppliers. I believes she buys a couiple of dozen at the same time and I've never seen any hooks provided.

    Your point about regular picture hooks is well taken.

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    I believe the hooks are specific to that hanging system. You would just have to see one to know what I'm talking about but yest they come with em.
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    Here is the hooks that are specific to WallBuddies
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    If you buy the polybagged Wallbuddies, you will get the special hooks and a sticker with hanging instructions to apply to the frame backing. These hooks are great because the weight of the framed piece tends to keep the hook tight to the wall. The only time I would switch to specialized fasteners is for today's newer homes that have drywall so soft you could use your fingertip for a drill [img]graemlins/fire.gif[/img] . In that board, the frame's weight may cause the hook's nail to tear a "keyhole" and come loose.
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    Don't mix up the hooks - hooks for small Wall buddies don't work with large Wall buddies and hooks for large Wall buddies don't work with small Wall Buddies.

    In place of the Wall Buddies hooks I like these:

    http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/pa...=3,40914,50630

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    Many thanks folks.

    I will look into these at our supplier!
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    Is this the same thing? Looks it, they advertised in a UK Trade mag, I emailed for more info 2 weeks ago, nothing back.

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    It looks to me that the "Best Ever Picture Screw" still requires wire which pulls at the sides of the frame, thus weakening corners over time. It is my understanding that WallBuddies prevents this because the gravity force is straight down thus causing no strain on the corners.

    Personally, that concept makes complete sense to me and my customers like the idea!
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