Light-Duty Cleat Hangers are normally attached to the wall with the screws and plastic anchors supplied. This fastening method creates a solid, stable support for the frame. You can substitute different fastener hardware if you prefer.
The 6" cleats have two pre-punched slotted screw holes, four inches on center. Only very minimal leveling adjustments are possible after installation so it is imperative to mount cleats as level as possible the first time.
If you are using a Light-Duty Cleat Hanger on a narrow wood frame with a long horizontal span, make certain that the frame is sufficiently braced internally so that the frame's top rail will remain rigid under load. The cleat is 1 1/8 inches wide so the wood frame must be at least that width to accommodate the cleat.
We have a number of customers who have used Light-Duty Cleats to hang something with a backing material that is either too thin or too soft to accept screw fasteners. In these cases usually either a silicone-based liquid adhesive or a good quality double-sided foam-backed tape has been used to attach the cleat instead of screws. In these situations be aware that the adhesive you use must adhere equally well to the aluminum cleat and whatever backing material you are dealing with and create a permanent bond on both surfaces.
- Measure and mark
for the position of the wall cleat on the wall. The wall
cleat should be oriented so that the screw holes are on
the bottom and the top edge is open and out from the
This cleat must be installed as level as
- Attach the cleat
to the wall at your marks using the #8 x 1" screws and
plastic wall anchors provided. Small adjustments to level
can be made by making use of the slotted screw
- Place the wood frame or panel face down on a blanket or soft surface
and attach the second cleat provided to the back of the
frame's top rail, slightly down from the top edge and
centered on the rail, using the #8 x 1/2" screws
provided. The cleat should be mounted so that the screw
holes are on the top and the bottom edge is open and out
from the frame rail.
This cleat must be installed as
level as possible (positioned down evenly from the top
edge of the frame)
- To hang the
frame, place it flush against the wall so that the bottom
edge of the frame cleat is positioned slightly above the
top edge of the wall cleat and the frame is centered on
the wall cleat. Let the frame slide down the wall slowly
and evenly until the cleats connect together completely
side-to-side adjustment can be made by lifting the frame
slightly and shifting it to the left or right. When
adjusting a wood frame in this way make sure that the
frame cleat and the wall cleat are engaged along at least
90% of their length.
- To remove the
frame from the wall completely, lift the frame directly
upward a couple of inches to disengage the