Question: I have some pictures I want to hang. Where do I start?
First, look to see if your pictures have hanging hardware or picture wire on the backs. If so, all you need to start are HangZ™ Gallery hooks and a hammer (Click Here). If there is no hardware on the back of the pictures, you will need to attach D rings (Click Here) or sawtooth hangers (Click Here) on the frames before hanging them. If the pictures are old and the wire (Click Here) or hardware looks rusty, lose or broken, now is an excellent time to replace this material with new hardware.
Question: What is the difference between Hooks and Hangers? Industry standard define these terms as:
- Hooks are attached to the wall surface.
- Hangers are attached to the back of the frame.
Question: How do I tie picture wire properly? (Click Here)
Question: What is the best way to hang a canvas? That’s simple HangZ specializes in hanging canvas. First you need to measure the width of the canvas our rule is as followed:
- Canvas less than 18” wide: Use the HangZ Cavnas Sawtooth Hanger ( Click Here)
- Canvas over 18” up to 36”: Use the HangZ Canvas 1 Hole D ring hanger (Click Here) or HangZ Canvas Easy Tie 1 Hole D ring Hanger (Click Here)
- Canvas over 48” up to 96”: Use the HangZ Canvas 2 Hole D ring hanger (Click Here)
Question: I’m not particularly handy. Can I hang my own pictures?
Absolutely. Picture hanging is not difficult. However, you will need to take accurate measurements and be able to use simple tools. The process will often go smoother and be more enjoyable if you can enlist a second pair of hands and eyes to assist you.
Question: What tools do I need to hang pictures?
For basic hook & wire hanging you will need at a minimum a hammer, a retractable steel tape (at least 6′ long, 10′ or 12′ is better) and an ordinary #2 pencil. Very useful to have on hand, but not absolutely necessary in every hanging circumstance, are a set of screwdrivers, a power drill with drill bits and screwdriver bits, an awl, a small “torpedo” type level, a simple calculator and masking tape. A stepladder or six-foot ladder is usually needed if your pictures are going to be hung over furniture or above eye level.
Question: What’s the simplest, easiest way to hang a picture?
HangZ™ Sawtooth Hanger & Hook (Click Here) are by far the simplest method to hanging pictures & canvas.
Question: How high should I hang my pictures?
In general, artwork should be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level for the average person. While this won’t be possible in every situation, it’s a good guideline to keep in mind.
Question: How do I hang a very heavy picture/mirror?
HangZ™ recommends hanging anything over 50lb or larger than 3ft wide to be hung directly from D ring hangers. This will insure the art is secure from two advantage points. (Click Here)
We believe in overkill when it comes to hanging heavy pictures. It is always prudent to build in as much of a safety factor as possible. Remember that picture hanging hardware is hidden behind the picture, so using “too big” a hook or “too heavy” a wire will not be detrimental visually. We feel that the extra trouble and minimal extra expense required for what might be hardware overkill is preferable to the possible consequences of using something “good enough.”
Question: How large a hook/hanger/wire should I use for my pictures?
All of the HangZ™ hardware has been independently tested as well as true to life testing. The HangZ™ Galley hooks need NO stud and are tested in the most common ½” sheetrock. Don’t be fooled by other hooks who list a weight rating then say you need to be in a stud. With that in mind it never hurts to go at least one or two sizes larger than you think you need. Also, keep in mind that your installation will only be as strong as the weakest link in the hardware chain. For example if you use a 100 lb. hook in conjunction with 20 lb. wire, the extra holding capacity of the hook is wasted. (Click Here)
Question: Can I use two 50 lb. hooks to hang a 100 lb. picture?
No, Pound ratings are not cumulative which means that even if you use two 50 lb. hangers on one frame both hangers can only hang up a total weight of 50 lbs., not 100 lbs. We recommend choosing a weight rating that exceeds the object to be hung.
Question: My hung pictures are always going out of level. How can I prevent this?
A simple solution to this common complaint is to use clear bumpers in the bottom two corners of the frame. These bumpers grip the wall without damaging the surface and allow air to flow behind the art stopping mildew.
Question: I don’t like it when top edges of hung pictures lean out from the wall. What can I do?
This is the most common complaint when hanging any type of frame or canvas. HangZ™ patented design is the only hardware that will eliminate this problem 100%. Please visit the HangZ™ how to videos to get a full demonstration. . (Click Here)
Question: What’s the best way to go about hanging a group of pictures?
Treat them as one large picture made up of movable interior elements. First determine the overall size of the imaginary rectangle on your wall that you want to fill and then experiment moving around the individual pictures within that rectangle until you arrive at an arrangement that is pleasing. You can do this by laying all the pictures out on the floor and trying out various combinations before putting that first hook in the wall.
Another trick is to duplicate the shapes and sizes of the pictures to be hung using Kraft or construction paper and move these paper templates around on the wall before you start hanging the real thing. Make sure to allow enough space between pictures. The number one mistake is a lack of “breathing room” between pictures.
Question: How can I avoid damaging real plaster walls when hanging pictures?
The HangZ™ nails are custom made with a needlepoint that are designed to go into plaster walls with much less danger of cracking the plaster surface. . (Click Here)
Question: Do you ship outside the United States?
Yes, we ship internationally starting at $9.99. Please be aware that you may be responsible for additional customs fees, taxes or import duties imposed by your country.
Question: I have a difficult/unusual/complicated item to hang. Can you help me?
HangZ™ customer service is available to answer all your hanging needs please feel free to Email Jeff@hangz.com or call us and we’ll give you the best advice in the industry.