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Security Metal Cleat Kit includes
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.
As long as the corner hardware and channel on the backside of your metal frame looks like this and the channel is 3/8" wide, Frame-Lock hardware will fit.
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 backchannel 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 backchannel, 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. Click to see a back-loaded metal frame which will not work with this security cleat kit.
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.