Hanging heavier items on a wall may have been a difficult task in the past, but with the use of panel clips, also known as Z clips, it is possible to hang signs, mirrors, heavy artwork or even attach furniture to the wall for security and stability.
A quick search online will provide a range of different options and styles of these clips. Ideally, choose those made from aluminum as this will never crack or shatter as is possible with plastic clips and hangers. Additionally, by choosing aluminum, there is no need to worry about rust or corrosion, which makes them ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications.
Although they are called panel clips by many people, the term Z-clip is actually much more descriptive. Think of two aluminum strips that, when viewed in profile, create a lazy Z shape with a lengthy top and bottom. By attaching one side of the clip to the wall with and another to the back of the object, the two long parts of the Z interlock, creating a solid, durable hold.
Unlike a hook or even a set of hooks, the use of this system distributes the weight of the object across a much wider and longer surface. This prevents the clip from pulling out from the wall or from the back of the object.
The panel clips typically extend the length of the back of the object to be attached to the wall. This allows for easy leveling both with the clip on the object and the clip on the wall. No more trying to make sure hooks are at the same level, which makes the process a lot easier.
The back of both sides of the Z-clip can be pre-drilled, allowing easy attachment to either surface using screws. Then, it is just a simple process to lift the object up, slide it down with the Z-clips into the locked position and step back to admire your work.
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