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Interlocking Aluminum Bracket Hangers
Faster Security Installations, Very Stable
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6" Frame-Lock Security Hanger Set for Wood Frame

Frame-Lock 6 Wood Frm

SEC-6

$4.35
set
frame lock hanger 6 wood

Qty Sets:

BULK PRICING (PER SET): $4.13 for 25-49 sets • $3.92 for 50-99 sets • $3.70 for 100-199 sets • $3.48 for 200 or more sets

requires a security wrench for installation

 

12" Frame-Lock Security Hanger Set for Wood Frame

Frame-Lock 12 Wood Frm

SEC-21

$5.45
set
frame lock hanger 12 wood

Qty Sets:

BULK PRICING (PER SET): $5.18 for 25-49 sets • $4.91 for 50-99 sets • $4.63 for 100-199 sets • $4.36 for 200 or more sets

requires a security wrench for installation

 

18" Frame-Lock Security Hanger Set for Wood Frame

Frame-Lock 18 Wood Frm

SEC-23

$7.25
set
frame lock hanger 18 wood

Qty Sets:

BULK PRICING (PER SET): $6.89 for 25-49 sets • $6.53 for 50-99 sets • $6.16 for 100-199 sets • $5.80 for 200 or more sets

requires a security wrench for installation

 

6" Frame-Lock Security Hanger Set for Metal Frame

Frame-Lock 6 Mtl Frm

SEC-5

$2.45
set
frame lick hanger 12 wood

Qty Sets:

BULK PRICING (PER SET): $2.33 for 25-49 sets • $2.21 for 50-99 sets • $2.08 for 100-199 sets • $1.96 for 200 or more sets

requires a security wrench for installation

 

12" Frame-Lock Security Hanger Set for Metal Frame

Frame-Lock 12 Mtl Frm

SEC-22

$3.05
set
frame lock hanger 18 wood

Qty Sets:

BULK PRICING (PER SET): $2.90 for 25-49 sets • $2.75 for 50-99 sets • $2.59 for 100-199 sets • $2.44 for 200 or more sets

requires a security wrench for installation

 

18" Frame-Lock Security Hanger Set for Metal Frame

Frame-Lock 18 Mtl Frm

SEC-24

$4.20
set
frame lock hanger 6 metal

Qty Sets:

BULK PRICING (PER SET): $3.99 for 25-49 sets • $3.78 for 50-99 sets • $3.57 for 100-199 sets • $3.36 for 200 or more sets

requires a security wrench for installation

 

Additional Items

Extra T-Lock Hardware Set for Wood Frame

Extra T-Lock Wood Frm

SEC-2X

$.75
set
extra t-lock hardware wood

Qty Sets:

BULK PRICING (PER SET): $.71 for 25-49 sets • $.68 for 50-99 sets • $.64 for 100-199 sets • $.60 for 200-499 sets • $.56 for 500 or more sets

requires a security wrench for installation

 

Extra T-Lock Hardware Set for Metal Frame

Extra T-Lock Mtl Frm

SEC-3X

$.50
set
extra t-lock hardware metal

Qty Sets:

BULK PRICING (PER SET): $.48 for 25-49 sets • $.45 for 50-99 sets • $.43 for 100-199 sets • $.40 for 200-499 sets • $.38 for 500 or more sets

requires a security wrench for installation

 

Security Wrench Installation Tool

Security Wrench

SEC-4

$4.00
each
security wrench

Qty Each:

PLEASE NOTE: Security Wrenches are not automatically included with security hardware orders. They must be purchased separately.

BULK PRICING (EACH): $3.50 for 6-11 wrenches • $3.00 for 12 or more wrenches

 

ORDERING INFORMATION

Our minimum order is $20.
You may submit an order for less, but a $5 small order fee will be added.
Prefer to order by telephone?
Phone orders accepted Mon-Fri, 10-5 (Eastern Time): 919-732-8364.
Bulk order items are not supplied individually packaged in most cases.
bulk pricing general info

 

Specifications: Frame-Lock Security Hanger

The Frame-Lock security hanging system uses a low-profile aluminum bracket to attach pictures to the wall at the top rail of the picture frame. After this bracket is in place, a locking T-Head screw is connected to the bottom rail to secure the frame.

The Frame-Lock bracket makes it very easy to create a level hanging point at the top of the picture--no need to carefully space apart and level two separate smaller brackets or hangers as with other security hanging systems. Multiple picture installations take significantly less time to complete.

Frame-Lock Hangers are supplied in three bracket lengths: 6" long for pictures up to 20" wide, 12" long for pictures 20" to 30" wide, and 18" long for pictures over 30" wide. Each size is available in a version for wood frames and a version for metal sectional (Nielsen type) frames. Please refer to the parts lists below for the specific hardware components contained in each set.

Brackets are made of extruded aluminum and are 1 1/8" wide by 1/16" thick. There is no difference in the bracket profile supplied for wood and metal frames--they can be interchanged if necessary.

To use Frame-Lock Security Hangers on a wood picture frame, a second matching bracket (included in wood frame sets) must be attached to the back side of the frame's top rail. Metal sectional frames do not need any hardware to be placed on the frame itself--the "universal" channel on the back side of the metal frame accepts the bracket flange and T-Head screw.

For a complete step-by-step installation sequence, see the instructions at the bottom of this page.

 

frame lock hanger 6 metal

frame lock hanger 6 wood

6" Frame-Lock Set for Metal Frames
Frame-Lock 6 Mtl Frm - SEC-5
6" Frame-Lock Set for Wood Frames
Frame-Lock 6 Wood Frm - SEC-6
 
• (1) 6" bracket
• (2) #8 x 1" screws
• (2) #8 plastic anchors
• (1) 1 3/4" T-Head screw
• (1) T-Head plastic anchor
 
• (2) 6" brackets
• (2) #8 x 1" screws
• (2) #8 plastic anchors
• (4) #8 x 1/2" screws
• (1) 1 3/4" T-Head screw
• (1) T-Head plastic anchor
• (1) 5/8" x 2" mounting plate

 

frame lock hanger 12 metal

frame lock hanger 12 wood

12" Frame-Lock Set for Metal Frames
Frame-Lock 12 Mtl Frm - SEC-22
12" Frame-Lock Set for Wood Frames
Frame-Lock 12 Wood Frm - SEC-21
 
• (1) 12" bracket
• (3) #8 x 1" screws
• (3) #8 plastic anchors
• (1) 1 3/4" T-Head screw
• (1) T-Head plastic anchor
 
• (2) 12" brackets
• (3) #8 x 1" screws
• (3) #8 plastic anchors
• (5) #8 x 1/2" screws
• (1) 1 3/4" T-Head screw
• (1) T-Head plastic anchor
• (1) 5/8" x 2" mounting plate

 

frame lock hanger 18 metal

frame lock 18 wood

18" Frame-Lock Set for Metal Frames
Frame-Lock 18 Mtl Frm - SEC-24
18" Frame-Lock Set for Wood Frames
Frame-Lock 18 Wood Frm - SEC-23
 
• (1) 18" bracket
• (5) #8 x 1" screws
• (5) #8 plastic anchors
• (2) 1 3/4" T-Head screws
• (2) T-Head plastic anchors
 
• (2) 18" brackets
• (5) #8 x 1" screws
• (5) #8 plastic anchors
• (9) #8 x 1/2" screws
• (2) 1 3/4" T-Head screws
• (2) T-Head plastic anchors
• (2) 5/8" x 2" mounting plates

 

Frame-Lock brackets are attached to the wall with the screws and plastic anchors supplied with each set. This fastening method creates a very solid, stable support for the frame on a standard drywall wall. You can substitute different fastener hardware if conditions require it.

All of the fasteners needed for installation are included with each Frame-Lock Hanger set.

6" brackets have two 3/16" diameter pre-drilled screw holes; 12" brackets have three holes; 18" brackets have five holes. One or more screw holes are slotted vertically to permit minor leveling adjustments during installation.

It is very important that Frame-Lock brackets be mounted as level as possible. Only slight leveling corrections can be made later.

Please be sure that you order the correct Frame-Lock Hanger set for the size and type of frames that you want to security-install. General guidelines are listed below.

  • SEC-6 - For wood frames up to 20" wide
  • SEC-21 - For wood frames 20" to 30" wide
  • SEC-23 - For wood frames over 30" wide
  • SEC-5 - For metal frames up to 20" wide
  • SEC-22 - For metal frames 20" to 30" wide
  • SEC-24 - For metal frames over 30" wide

If what you are hanging is unusually light or unusually heavy for its size, please adjust your selection accordingly. Call or email us if you need advice on this.

If you are using Frame-Lock Security Hangers on a narrow (thin) wood frame or on a metal frame with a long horizontal span, make sure that the frame is adequately braced internally so that the frame will remain rigid under load. Note that the minimum wood frame width required for bracket screw and mounting plate screw placement is 3/4" (see installation specifications table below).

 

Frame-Lock Brackets - Material Specifications
Part No.
Frame Type
Thickness
Length
Width Single
Width Joined
SEC-6
wood
1/16"
6"
1 1/8"
2"
SEC-5
metal
1/16"
6"
1 1/8"
NA
SEC-21
wood
1/16"
12"
1 1/8"
2"
SEC-22
metal
1/16"
12"
1 1/8"
NA
SEC-23
wood
1/16"
18"
1 1/8"
2"
SEC-24
metal
1/16"
18"
1 1/8"
NA

 

Frame-Lock Brackets - Installation Specifications
Part No.
Frame Type
Pre-Drilled Holes
Wall Standoff
Min Frame Width
SEC-6
wood
(2) 4" oc
3/16"
3/4"
SEC-5
metal
(2) 4" oc
3/16"
NA
SEC-21
wood
(3) 4" oc
3/16"
3/4"
SEC-22
metal
(3) 4" oc
3/16"
NA
SEC-23
wood
(5) 4" oc
3/16"
3/4"
SEC-24
metal
(5) 4" oc
3/16"
NA

 

FRAME-LOCK BRACKET DETAIL VIEWS

frame-lock bracket detail 1

frame-lock bracket detail 2

Bracket Detail
Two Brackets for Wood Frame

 

frame-lock bracket detail 3

frame-lock bracket detail 4
Joined Brackets
Joined Brackets End-View

 

frame-lock bracket detail 5

frame-lock bracket detail 6
Bracket Installed on Wall
Installed Brackets Must Be Level

 

WOOD FRAME DEMONSTRATION VIEWS

frame-lock demo 1

frame-lock demo 2
Bracket Installed on Frame
Bracket and Mounting Plate on Frame

 

frame-lock demo 3

frame-lock demo 4
Bracket on Frame Detail
Mounting Plate on Frame Detail

 

frame-lock detail 1

frame-lock detail 2
Mounting Plate and Screws
T-Head-to-Mounting Plate Connection

 

METAL FRAME DEMONSTRATION VIEWS

frame-lock metal demo 1

frame-lock metal demo 2
Bracket in Position on Back of Frame
Bracket and Frame Detail

 

frame-lock metal demo 3

frame-lock metal demo 4

T-Head Screws
T-Head Locked Position in Frame

 

Extra T-Lock Hardware

Some frames using a 6" or 12" Frame-Lock Hanger will benefit from an additional locking point at the bottom of the frame--one at each corner of the bottom rail rather than just one at the center of the bottom rail--creating four mounting points total for the frame.

Please Note: On both 18" Frame-Lock Hanger sets (SEC-23 & SEC-24) the hardware for two locking points at the bottom rail is included in the set.

This extra hardware is optional for 6" and 12" Frame-Lock Hangers, but adding a fourth mounting point will make any frame more stable on the wall as well as more secure.

 

extra t-lock hardware wood

extra t-lock hardware metal

Extra T-Lock Hardware for Wood Frame
Extra T-Lock Wood Frm - SEC-2X
Extra T-Lock Hardware for Metal Frame
Extra T-Lock Mtl Frm - SEC-3X
 
• (1) 1 3/4" T-Head screw
• (1) T-Head anchor
• (1) 5/8" x 2" mounting plate
• (2) #8 x 1/2" screws
 
• (1) 1 3/4" T-Head screw
• (1) T-Head anchor

 

For each 6" or 12" Frame-Lock set where you want to add an extra locking point, order one SEC-2X (wood frame) or one SEC-3X (metal frame) in addition to the basic Frame-Lock Hanger. The parts included in each Extra T-Lock Hardware set are listed above.

 

Security Wrench Installation Tool

The Security Wrench shown below works with all three types of security hardware that we offer. If you don't have a Security Wrench, a thin, long-handled crescent wrench can be used instead to lock or unlock frames, but the job is made much easier with this special tool. Without it, wall surfaces tend to get scuffed, fingers pinched and hardware damaged.

If you do not already have one on hand, we strongly recommend that you purchase at least one SEC-4 Security Wrench to facilitate the installation of security hangers. This inexpensive, virtually unbreakable tool locks/unlocks our Frame-Lock, Lock-In and Hook-Ups hardware.

Security Wrenches are not automatically included with security hardware orders. They must be purchased as a separate item.

 

security wrench
Security Wrench
3/4" x 5 1/2"
Security Wrench - SEC-4
 

 

Technical Note on Using Frame-Lock Hangers with Metal Frames

Frame-Lock Hangers will fit on all currently manufactured metal frames generically designated as #11 Profile moulding. This includes the metal moulding currently made by Nielsen, Clark, Designer, Alumaframe, Global Art, MCS, Decor and most OEM manufacturers. The #11 Profile category (and compatible profiles) constitute probably 95% of the current metal moulding market.

If you are installing older metal-framed pictures, you should be aware that metal frame moulding design has evolved over the years and Frame-Lock T-Head screws and brackets may not fit inside the back channel of certain older, now obsolete style metal frames (typically pre-1980 manufacture).

There are a small number of these older extrusion profiles still being made, the so-called #186 Profile and #444 Profile. These profiles have a narrower back channel, measuring about 1/4" wide, compared to the standard 3/8" wide universal channel of the #11 Profile. Frame-Lock Hangers will not fit on #186 or #444 profile metal frame moulding.

Frame-Lock Hangers cannot be used on low-end crimped corner metal frames (also called "back-load" or "back-loaded" frames). Back-loaded metal frames do not have a universal channel at all and look like this at the corners.

As long as the corner hardware and channel on the back side of your metal frame looks like this and the channel is 3/8" wide, Frame-Lock hardware will fit.

 

Final Notes

• Any reasonably handy person will have no trouble hanging pictures with Frame-Lock Hangers. The first picture you tackle may take a little time, but once the installation sequence is understood, hanging speed will increase.

• A basic instruction sheet is included with each shipment of Frame-Lock Hangers. Or, if you prefer, refer to our complete step-by-step Frame-Lock Hanger installation instructions below.

• Don't be intimidated by the number of steps outlined in the Frame-Lock Hanger instructions. The installation process is much more straightforward and intuitive than it might appear from the written description.

Instructions: Frame-Lock Security Hanger for Metal Frames

  1. Mark the position on the wall where you want the center of the top of the frame to be. Use a pencil or small piece of tape for this.
  2. Hold the (6"/12"/18") aluminum bracket horizontally against the wall, with the screw holes at the bottom and the offset end of the bracket facing up and away from the wall. Center the bracket left-to-right on the mark you made on the wall in Step 1, with the top edge of the bracket level at this same mark.
  3. Punch or mark the position of the hole at the right hand end of the bracket on the wall.
  4. Drill a 3/16" dia. hole in the wall at this mark. (A 3/16" dia. hole is usually sufficient for drywall--if the plastic anchor starts to deform when hammering it in during Step 5 below, re-drill the hole using a 1/4" drill bit). If a wall stud is hit, use the screw without the anchor or move the bracket.
  5. Gently hammer one of the white plastic anchors provided into the hole in the wall until it is just flush with the wall surface. Attach the bracket to the wall using one of the 1" screws provided. Do not tighten this screw down completely yet.
  6. Carefully level the bracket on the wall using the screw already installed as a pivot point (an inexpensive lightweight "torpedo" level is good for this). Take care to position the bracket on the wall as level as possible.
  7. Mark for and install a white plastic anchor and screw in a second hole at the left hand end of the bracket. Depending on the length of the bracket and configuration of the screw holes, be sure at least one in the two screws is in a slotted bracket hole. Tighten down both screws completely but do not over-tighten--they should be snug, but too much force can deform the plastic anchors.
  8. When the bracket is screwed to the wall at both ends, hang the frame on the bracket so that the offset end of the bracket is seated snugly inside the back channel of the metal frame's top rail.
  9. Check the frame for level. If not quite level, small adjustments can be made by removing the frame from the wall, loosening the bracket screw in the slotted hole slightly, shifting the bracket up or down as needed, retightening the screw and replacing the frame on the bracket.
  10. If you are using a 12" or 18" bracket, remove the frame from the wall, pencil-mark the position of the bracket on the wall at the bottom edge as a reference, then install the remaining white plastic anchor(s) and screw(s) and replace the frame on the wall.
  11. For Frames Using the 6" or 12" Bracket: With the frame hung level on the bracket, lightly pencil-mark the wall at the centerpoint of the frame's bottom rail where the rail's back edge touches the wall.
  12. For Frames Using the 18" Bracket: With the frame hung level on the bracket, lightly pencil-mark the wall 3" in from each side of the frame's bottom rail where the rail's back edge touches the wall.
  13. Remove the frame from the wall.
  14. Measure the distance on your metal frame from the outer edge of the frame to the center of the channel (this dimension can vary with different types of metal frames). Transfer this measurement to the wall, making a second pencil mark up from the one(s) made in Step 11 or 12. Erase the bottom mark(s).
  15. Drill a 5/16" dia. hole at the pencil mark(s) made in Step 14 and gently hammer the blue T-Head plastic anchor(s) provided into the drilled hole(s) until just flush with the wall surface.
  16. Thread the T-Head screw(s) provided into the plastic anchor(s) until about 3/8" extends out from the wall surface. Start the T-Head screw first by hand and complete using a Security Wrench. Align the head(s) to a final horizontal position.
  17. Again place the frame on the top bracket. The bottom T-Head screw(s) should now be in position inside the back channel of the frame's bottom rail.
  18. From the right hand side, slide the Security Wrench up underneath the bottom edge of the frame and, without lifting the frame away from the wall, engage and rotate the T-Head screw(s) clockwise one-quarter turn to a vertical position. The frame is now locked to the wall.
 

Instructions: Frame-Lock Security Hanger for Wood Frames

  1. Place the frame face-down on a soft surface.
  2. Place one of the (6"/12"/18") aluminum brackets horizontally on the back side of the frame's top rail, with the screw holes at the top and the offset end of the bracket facing down and away from the frame. Center the bracket left-to-right on the frame and slightly down from the top edge. Make sure the bracket is level on the frame. Mark the positions of the bracket screw holes and attach the bracket to the frame using the 1/2" screws provided. Screw holes in the frame should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting the wood.
  3. For Frames Using the 6" or 12" Bracket: Attach the slotted mounting plate horizontally at the center of the bottom rail, slightly up from the bottom edge, using the 1/2" screws provided. Screw holes in the frame should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting the wood. Measure from the outside edge of the frame's bottom rail to the center (top to bottom) of the slot in the mounting plate. Write down this measurement.
  4. For Frames Using the 18" Bracket: Attach the two slotted mounting plates horizontally, 3" in from each side of the frame's bottom rail, slightly up from the bottom edge, using the 1/2" screws provided. Screw holes in the frame should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting the wood. Measure from the outside edge of the frame's bottom rail to the center (top to bottom) of the slot in the mounting plates. Write down this measurement.
  5. Mark the position on the wall where you want the center of the top of the frame to be. Use a pencil or small piece of tape for this.
  6. Hold the second (6"/12"/18") aluminum bracket horizontally against the wall with the screw holes at the the bottom and the offset end of the bracket facing up and away from the wall. Center the bracket side-to-side on the mark you made in Step 5, with the top edge of the bracket level and approximately 3/4" below the mark (precise measurement, if required, will depend on location of frame bracket on the frame).
  7. Punch or mark the position of the hole at the right hand end of the bracket on the wall.
  8. Drill a 3/16" dia. hole in the wall at this mark. (A 3/16" dia. hole is usually sufficient for drywall--if the plastic anchor starts to deform when hammering it in during Step 5, re-drill the hole using a 1/4" drill bit). If a wall stud is hit, use the screw without the anchor or move the bracket.
  9. Gently hammer one of the white plastic anchors provided into the hole in the wall until it is just flush with the wall surface. Attach the bracket to the wall using one of the 1" screws provided. Do not tighten this screw down completely yet.
  10. Carefully level the bracket on the wall using the screw already installed as a pivot point. An inexpensive lightweight "torpedo" level is good for this. Take care to position the wall bracket as level as possible.
  11. Mark for and install a white plastic anchor and screw in a second hole at the left hand end of the bracket. Depending on the length of the bracket and configuration of the screw holes, be sure at least one in the two screws is in a slotted bracket hole. Tighten down both screws completely but do not over-tighten--they should be snug, but too much force can deform the plastic anchors.
  12. When the bracket is screwed to the wall at both ends, hang the frame by holding it flush against the wall and slowly sliding it down until the two brackets engage.
  13. Check the frame for level. If not quite level, small adjustments can be made by removing the frame from the wall, loosening the bracket screw in the slotted bracket hole slightly, shifting the bracket up or down as needed, retightening the screw and replacing the frame on the bracket.
  14. If you are using a 12" or 18" bracket, remove the frame from the wall, pencil-mark the position of the bracket on the wall at the bottom edge as a reference, then install the remaining white plastic anchor(s) and screw(s) and replace the frame on the wall.
  15. With the frame hung on the wall, lightly pencil-mark the position of the frame's outside edge on the wall at the center (left-to-right) of where the mounting plate is located on the bottom rail of the frame. [Expand directions here and below accordingly for the 18" Frame-Lock set which comes with two mounting plates].
  16. Remove the frame from the wall.
  17. Transfer the measurement taken at Step 3 or 4 to the wall, making a second pencil mark up from the one made in Step 15. Erase the bottom mark.
  18. Drill a 5/16" dia. hole at the pencil mark made in Step 17 and gently hammer the blue T-Head plastic anchor provided into the drilled hole until it is just flush with the wall surface.
  19. Thread the T-Head screw provided into the plastic anchor until about 3/8" extends out from the wall surface. Start the T-Head screw first by hand and complete using a Security Wrench. Align the head to a final horizontal position.
  20. Again hang the frame on the wall. The T-Head screw just installed should fall inside the slot of the mounting plate on the back of the bottom rail.
  21. From the right hand side, slide the Security Wrench up underneath the bottom edge of the frame and, without lifting the frame away from the wall, engage and rotate the T-Head screw clockwise one-quarter turn to a vertical position. The frame is now locked to the wall.

 

 

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