SECURITY LOCKS

In this section you will be able to follow in detail how to install security locking system to secure artwork onto the wall. For all practical purposes we highly suggest the use of a power drill. A good word of caution, please use eye protection when working with power tools.

The installation instructions will be divided into 5 major categories, the first for installing wood frames and the second for aluminum or metal frames. Please also follow section D., which is a very important section, where artwork installers normally misuse the security lock wrench to drive t-screw into its plastic anchor in the wall. In the last part, you will see a section on prices for security locking systems, and its individual components, if purchased separately.

A. Installation Instructions for Wood Frames

Security locks system for wood frames is normally sold in sets. The set consists of the following components:

 

The set consists of Component name Qty/set
Back Plate 3
Screw #6 X 1/2" 6
Mounting Bracket 2
Screw #10 X 1" 2
Anchor, Plastic, Small 2
Anchor, Plastic, Large 1
T-screw 1

 

From all the above components, group them as follows:

 

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Group 4 Group 5 Group 6

The first three steps of the installation are done to the backside of the picture frame.

 

Step 1. Step 2. Step 3.
Install components in Group 1, to the back of the wood frame as illustrated on the picture below: Do the same for components in Group 2, but on the other  top corner on the back of the wood frame. See picture below. Do the same for components in Group 3, but on the center bottom on the back of the wood frame. See picture below.

Step 4. and onwards are done on the wall, where the artwork will be hung. Install components in Group 4 and Group 5, onto the wall. Make sure the 2 are positioned horizontally leveled relative to each other, and also at the same distance as the components already installed in Group 1 and Group 2 above (on the backside of the picture frame). See picture below:

Step 4.1 Step 4.2 Step 4.3
Drill hole, 1/4" Hammer plastic anchor into the hole Attach mounting bracket with screw

 

Step 5. Hang picture frame onto the wall positioning components in (Group 1 and Group 4) and (Group 2 and Group 5). Use a level to check if the picture is in level position. Once this is done, try to get a feel where the bottom bracket (behind the picture) is located, and then estimated where the t-screw should go on the wall. Mark this position with a pencil lightly on the wall. Remove picture from the wall, then follow the chart below.

Step 5.1

Step 5.2

Drill hole, 5/16" Hammer plastic anchor in the hole

Step 5.3 (NO NO NO)

NOT this way

Step 5.4

Drive T-Screw into plastic anchor. Do NOT use the Security Lock wrench Drive T-Screw into plastic anchor. Follow Section D for further detail.

 

Step 6.You are almost there!!. Now, hang the picture back onto the wall, as it was detailed in Step 5. Make sure the tip of the T-Screw is aligned properly with the bottom center bracket in the back of the frame. Take the security lock wrench, insert it behind the picture and twist the t-screw by approximately 1/4 turn. You are DONE!!!. You can hang the next picture, and repeat all the procedure above all over again.

 

 

B. Installation Instructions for Aluminum/Metal Frames

Once you are familiar with the installation procedure for wood frames, the procedure for aluminum/metal should be much easier.

There is no need to install the 3 back plates, for installing metal frames. This alone will save a lot of time. In place of the back plates, all metal frames come with 'channel' or 'groove' in the back side. The mounting brackets will go into this channel, and also the head of the T-screw will go into this channel. For more detailed procedure, follow the descriptions below.

Security locks system for metal frames is normally sold in sets. The set consists of the following components:

The set consists of

Component name Qty/set
Mounting Bracket 2
Screw #10 X 1" 2
Anchor, Plastic, Small 2
Anchor, Plastic, Large 1
T-screw 1

 

Step 1. Install left side mounting bracket onto the wall. Do the same for right side mounting bracket.

Step 1.1 Step 1.2 Step 1.3
Drill hole, 1/4" Hammer plastic anchor into the hole Attach mounting bracket with screw

 

Step 2. Hang picture frame onto the wall placing the top edges of mounting brackets inside the channel on the back side of metal frame. Use a level to check if the picture is in level position. Once this is done, try to get a feel where the bottom channel is located, and then estimated where the t-screw should go on the wall. Mark this position with a pencil lightly on the wall. Remove picture from the wall, then follow the chart below.

Step 2.1

Step 2.2

Drill hole, 5/16" Hammer plastic anchor in the hole

Step 2.3 (NO NO NO) NOT this way

Step 2.4

Drive T-Screw into plastic anchor. Do NOT use the Security Lock wrench Drive T-Screw into plastic anchor. Follow Section D for further detail.

 

Step 3.You are almost there!!. Now, hang the picture back onto the wall, as it was detailed in Step 2. Make sure the tip of the T-Screw is aligned properly with the channel in the bottom rail in the back of the frame. Take the security lock wrench, insert it behind the picture and twist the t-screw by approximately 1/4 turn. You are DONE!!!. You can hang the next picture, and repeat all the procedure above all over again.

One thing important to mention here ! ! !. Make sure the mounting bracket goes under the frame behind the picture.

 

Under the frame

 

 

 

C. Wrench - Security lock wrench

 

        

This tool is the magic secret behind the whole security locking system. See the illustration below. Once the picture is hung (resting on 2 mounting brackets) and the T-screw at the bottom center is aligned, insert the wrench from the bottom center behind the picture, rotate the t-screw about 1/4 of a turn, and that should lock the picture to the wall.

 

Insert wrench to bottom center behind picture Engage wrench slot to the neck of T-screw Rotate wrench by approx. 1/4 of a turn

 

D. Special tool to drive T-Screw into its plastic anchor in the wall

It is a very common MISTAKE that picture installers use Security Lock Wrench to drive T-screw into its plastic anchor inside the wall all the way in. This certainly can do the job, but at the expense of the wrench itself. The slot of the wrench will wear out very quickly, if used in this manner. The wrench is supposed to be used only to rotate the t-screw by 1/4 turn at the end of installation.

What, then, to use to drive t-screw into its plastic anchor inside the wall. There is a special tool for this. It is an adaptor that can be placed at the chuck of your power drill. Among many models, one of them looks like this.

 

It is available in your local hardware store. Go to the section where the sell 'SCREW EYES'. It comes in many different shapes and made by many different manufacturers. One of them is packaged as follows. This model is packaged as '2 in 1'. It can be used manually, as well as with a power drill. Used with a power drill, it should make your life much easier, and prolong the life of those 'Wrenches'.

 

This tool is now available

$15

each



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And the head of the t-screw should fit into the slot like below.

E. Prices for Security Locks system and its components

Component

Part Number

Part Name

Minimum order

Price/each plus Shipping

555-WOOD-P Complete Set Security Lock for WOOD frame none $2.95 per set

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555-11-P-1 Complete Set Security Lock for ALUMINUM frame none $2.65 per set

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555-6 Back Plate none $0.25 ea

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F1303 Screw #6 X 1/2" Combination Pan Head 100 pcs $0.10 ea

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555-30 Mounting Bracket for Wood frames (gold color) none $0.25 ea

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555-20 Mounting Bracket for Metal/Aluminum frames (silver color) none $0.25 ea

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F1209 Screw #10 X 1" Phillips Head 100 pcs $0.15 ea

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555-3A Anchor, Plastic, Small 100 pcs $0.10 ea

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555-3 Anchor, Plastic, Large 100 pcs $0.15 ea

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555-11 T-Screw none $1.50 ea

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555-1 Security Lock WRENCH none $5.00 ea

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HOW TO ORDER

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DISCLAIMER

 

The procedures described above, are intended to be a guideline for artwork installers to secure artwork onto the wall. The Security Locking systems for artwork described above have been used for a number of years and have proven their reliability and performance. Installed properly, they will securely fastened artwork to the wall.  When doing actual site installation, care and observation to detail shall be exercised, paying extra attention to safety principals and structural rigidity. Final check, to ensure all support points are engaged, and locking points are catching, is very important.

The author of this web page assumes no liability for injuries resulting from poor artwork installation work.