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Nails for Secure Rail Hooks
Fastening Nails for Secure Rail Hooks (Optional)
Rail Hooks - Sample Pack
Picture Rail Hooks - Sample Pack
Picture rail hooks are designed to fit tightly against the S-curve profile of traditional wood Picture Rail Moulding (sometimes called "Ogee" or "OG" moulding), which is typically installed on walls around the perimeter of a room, 6-12" down from the ceiling. Picture rail moulding is most often found already installed in older homes, but the moulding is still manufactured and is sometimes specified for new homes as well.
Maximum picture weight for picture rail moulding hooks, using 2 hooks per picture, is around 25 lbs for HWR-2320 & HWR-1926; around 20 lbs for HWR-250-NP & HWR-250-BP.
A framed picture should be hung from two picture rail hooks, with individual and equal lengths of Picture Wire running down from each hook to a Picture Hanger installed on the the back side of the frame near each top corner.
Be sure that the picture hangers on the back of the frame are placed at the top corners. Placing the hangers down too low on the frame will cause the picture to lean out too far from the wall at the top edge when hung. If the picture is already wired for normal hook & wire hanging, either move the existing hangers to the top corners of the frame or leave the old hardware in place and attach new hangers at the top corners.
If you already have picture rail moulding installed in your house, the primary advantage of using it to hang pictures is that you can avoid making nail or screw holes in your walls.
If you are interested in adding picture rail moulding to a room, this is fairly easy project to undertake. Please see our Picture Rail Moulding page.
Although the basic shape (profile) of wood picture rail moulding has remained essentially the same over many years, manufacturing variations will occur. On older picture rail moulding, wood shrinkage, paint buildup and other factors can affect picture rail hook fit
Moreover, since there are slight differences in the profiles of the hooks that we supply, often one type of picture rail hook or another will produce a better fit on a given rail. Unfortunately, these manufacturing variations are not within our control and we cannot guarantee that our picture rail moulding hooks will fit on picture rail moulding that we have not simultaneously supplied ourselves.
We offer a picture rail hook sample pack if you want to try out each of the four hooks we supply on the picture rail moulding you have before ordering a larger amount. If you are not ordering anything else, read our policy on sample-only orders here.
If necessary, rail hooks can be bent a little bit with hand pliers to make up for minor picture rail moulding profile variations. Any of the three wider style hooks are easier to bend than the narrow version.
Since problems with this issue often cannot be foreseen in advance we will do our best to work with you if you encounter fit problems with picture rail hooks.
Our secure type picture rail hooks have two small holes along the front face and one at the top bend that allow them to be nailed or screwed to the picture rail moulding if desired. This is an optional safety feature that is particularly useful in earthquake country. Suitable nails are available from us here, or you can use your own fasteners.
If you wish, picture rail hooks can be painted the color of the picture rail moulding to make them less noticeable. Most people prefer the appearance of the manufactured finishes. HWR-2320 & HWR-1926 have a warm gold/brass color; HWR-250-BP is a darker green/gold; HWR-250-NP has a nickel/silver finish. Some slight color variations may occur.
All of our picture rail hooks have the same basic shape (profile) and are more or less equally strong. Of the four types we carry, HWR-1926 is probably the strongest. See maximum picture weights listed at the top of this page. Rail hooks are sometimes doubled side-by-side to hang heavier items. Keep in mind that this is NOT a system that should be used to hang very heavy items.
We do not recommend using monofilament (nylon fishing line or the like) to hang pictures from picture rail hooks. This material may stretch under load and eventually break. Use picture wire instead. Stainless Steel Picture Wire is a good choice for picture rail hanging because stainless wire is thinner than standard braided picture wire and is therefore less noticeable. In addition, stainless wire will not rust or tarnish over time.
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