Herculese Hooks???


PFG, Picture Framing God
Nov 21, 2005
Carson City, Nevada
"Obnoxious" warning here, so turn down your sound before you check out Herculese Hooks

I usually mute our old friend (ACK!) BILLY MAYES HERE FOR OXYCLEAN!!, but this one got my attention. I can just see it now...these things must've been invented by the Drywall Repair guys!

Edit: It appears we got lucky and Billy Mayes doesn't get to scream after all, but the info is still there. I wonder if this will be at the Atlanta show? Ha!!
I'll bet the monkeys don't appreciate that!
We sell alot of large heavy framed canvases. We carry a product called the Power Hook that is quite unique in that, like the monkey hook, you don't need any tools to install it. It bores its own hole and is seated in sort of an el shape through and behind the drywall.

Here is a link to the supplier's website.

They hold quite a bit more weight than conventional hooks and are virtually impossible to pull out of the wall with weight applied in the direction that a framed art piece would hang without breaking out a large chunk of drywall.

I put one into the 1/2" drywall in my shop and looped a cord threaded through a piece of dowel over it and it supported almost all of my 220# of body weight. I didn't raise my feet off the floor but I did hang limp from the hook and the only damage done was a slight elongation of the hole in the drywall where the hook pressed inwards toward the paper surface of the drywall. But that was over twice the maximum weight rating of the hanger.

If you are looking for a hanger for larger heavier items, you may want to consider this Power Hook.

I wasn't really looking, just happened on the commercial while TV channel surfing, but good to know about your Power Hook, Framerguy. And good to hear your testimony, rather than just TV hype. Especially when Billy Mayes is connected to it!
Paragon gallery and few other large volume production companies have been attaching wire hooks as a courtesy to their customers on the back of their framed art for some time.

Initially my professional installers were suspicious to that innovation and didn’t use them.

Now installers don’t throw those hooks away and use them with large D-Ring hangers for two-point wall attachment of frames with the weight up to 50lbs. 95% of the framed art we install weight less than that. There is a “but”- when a wire hook hits the stud it will not go further. It happens in about 7% of cases. In that case installers attach a common hook to the wall with a nail. They’ve already learned the offset distance between the hole that has been made by the wire hook and the nail position, so the frame stays level.

Wire hooks manufactured by NB Industries, a small family owned company in Colorado.

Power Hook looks very impressive, but from the mechanical standpoint it is the complete waist of metal. And the hole it makes on the wall is pretty impressive, also.

Boris Muchnik
These devices work by what I call the "pegboard principle". That is, they transfer the load to the back of the wall, above the weight. The method works.

In my own experiments, when stressed to the point of failure, most picture hanging devices prove to be stronger than the sheetrock that supports them. The metal parts may bend, but the sheetrock crumbles, the hole elongates, and then the device falls out of the hole.