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The Wall Buddies hanging system is offered in three different models: two for wood frames and one for metal sectional frames.
Please read the specifications below carefully and make sure that you order the correct model and size for your application.
In essence, the Wall Buddies hanging system is a variation on--and a substantial improvement over--traditional sawtooth hangers.
All models of Wall Buddies Hangers are attached to the back of the frame at the top corners. Each set comes with two special wall hooks that catch and hold the sawtooth edges of the Wall Buddies Hangers and hold the frame tight to the wall.
Large size Wall Buddies wall hooks are supplied with HWR-W-3300 (Wall Buddies for Large Wood Frames); smaller wall hooks are supplied with the other two types.
Do not substitute any other kind of wall hook when using Wall Buddies Hangers.
The two versions of Wall Buddies for wood frames (HWR-SW-4400 and HWR-W-3300) are supplied with the screws needed to secure them to the back side of a wood frame.
The sawtooth edge of Wall Buddies Hangers allows the frame to be easily leveled on the special wall hooks without lifting the frame off the wall. Once adjusted, the frame will remain level and snug to the wall.
Another unique benefit of using Wall Buddies Hangers is that the hangers strengthen the upper corners of the picture frame, acting like corner braces and eliminating the stress on frame rails and corner joints that standard hook & wire hanging can produce on certain types of frames. This feature is particularly beneficial when hanging a large picture with a narrow frame, or any frame where potential frame stress from hook & wire hanging is an issue.
Wall Buddies Hangers are also a good choice for long or odd-size frames where standard hook & wire hanging methods would create too much outward lean of the picture from the wall.
Wall Buddies Hangers for Wood Frames
Wall Buddies Hangers for wood frames come in two sizes, HWR-SW-4400 (small) and HWR-W-3300 (large). Use the small size for frames up to 24" x 30" (frames must be at least 6" wide) and the large size for frames larger 24" x 30."
Our Recommended Maximum Picture Weight: Do not hang pictures weighing more than 30 lbs. on HWR-W-3300 (large) Wall Buddies or more than 15 lbs. on HWR-SW-4400 (small) Wall Buddies.
The standard screw lengths we supply with the two wood frame Wall Buddies models will be appropriate for the majority of frames the hangers should be installed on. These standard screw lengths are noted in the table below.
We supply six (6) #4 x 3/8" screws with each set of HWR-SW-4400 and twelve (12) #4 x 1/2" screws with each set of HWR-W-3300. It is not always necessary to use all of the screws supplied. Often four screws are sufficient on the small wood frame version; eight or ten on the large. We supply the maximum number of screws possible to use with each set for those who want to be extra prudent.
If you wish, you can substitute a longer or shorter screw. The lengths available for substitution are listed in the table below. There is no extra charge for screw substitution.
Requesting a non-standard screw length for Wall Buddies hangers may delay the shipping of your order by a day or two.
To order a non-standard screw length for Wall Buddies, make your request at the time of ordering by using the Special Instructions/Comments box on the shopping cart form. Please be as specific and as clear as possible when making your request.
No action on your part is necessary if you want the standard screw length for your Wall Buddies order. Standard screws are sent automatically unless we receive a substitution request.
Always double check to make sure that the Wall Buddies screw length you use will not break out on the front face of your frames when the hangers are installed.
Reducing the length of hanger screws also reduces hanger holding power. Use shorter than standard screws only when absolutely necessary to avoid break out.
Slide-In Wall Buddies Hangers for metal sectional frames require partial disassembly of your frame to install the hangers. If you do not have prior experience assembling metal sectional frames, read the instructions below before ordering this item for an explanation of what is involved in attaching the hangers to the frame.
Our Recommended Maximum Picture Weight: Do not hang pictures weighing more than 15 lbs. on Metal Frame Wall Buddies.
Technical Note on Using Wall Buddies Hangers with Metal Frames
Wall Buddies Metal Frame 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 Wall Buddies metal frame hardware 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. Wall Buddies metal frame hangers will not fit on #186 or #444 profile metal frame moulding.
Wall Buddies metal frame hardware 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 back 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, Wall Buddies metal frame hardware will fit.
Manufacturer's Maximum Picture Weight Ratings
The Maximum Picture Weight Rating for each Wall Buddies model, as given by the manufacturer, is listed below.
For safety's sake we strongly suggest that you do not exceed more than half the manufacturer's maximum weight.
Wood framed pictures must be at least 6" wide to use Wall Buddies. Use standard sawtooth hangers if your frames are smaller than this.
Metal framed pictures must be at least 11" wide to use Wall Buddies. Use a 5" Track Master hanger or a metal frame notched hanger if you have metal frames smaller than this that you want to hang without picture wire.
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