One end of the steel picture cable with sliding retainer has an attached crescent-shaped retainer that fits directly in the groove of a PICTURE TRACK thereby alleviating the need for a picture track hook. On the other, open end of the picture cable, an Alutech PICTURE HANGING HOOK is normally attached. This allows you to hang a picture anywhere along the picture track moulding without having to remove any pictures that are already in place. Many picture hanging hooks can be attached to one picture hanging cable. The maximum weight of the pictures to be hung should not exceed 30 kg (15 kg per cable). In such cases you should be sure to take into account the bearing capacity of the picture hanging hooks!
Picture hanging tracks are mostly used when the pictures being presented are continually being changed – primarily, of course, in galleries and museums but also in schools, living and commercial spaces and at trade show stands. Once the tracks have been affixed to a wall it is possible to quickly change the pictures being displayed. The tracks also allow variable vertical and horizontal positioning because the picture hanging hooks attached to the cables can be moved both up-and-down and sideways. The result is a wall whose appearance can be quickly changed and even completely re-designed again as needed. In addition, the need to drive additional nails or hooks for new pictures into the presentation area is obviated. The picture hanging tracks are attached to a wall or ceiling by means of screws, sometimes even being concealed beneath the plaster. The Classic picture hanging track is a medium sized and versatile track designed to be attached to a wall for the purpose of hanging lightweight to medium-heavy pictures.
Process of attaching the tracks:
- For a two metre track, you should evenly distribute six attachment clips along the entire breadth of the track (drill hole diameter: 6 mm). These are, along with the corresponding number of plugs and screws, part of the mounting set. The clips should be attached by means of screws with their flat side against the wall.
- If you plan to mount a number of tracks next to one another, it is advisable to additionally screw into place track connectors (found at CLASSIC PICTURE HANGING TRACK) in order to assure the least amount of misalignment at the junctions. With this method, you should note that the positioning of the clips on the wall must be changed accordingly.
- In order to compensate for unevenness in the wall, the mounting clips have spacers with three click-in steps at different heights; this allows the tracks to be attached to an uneven wall with different gaps vis-à-vis the wall at each individual spacer. In order to mount the track, it should be held up to the clip at a tilt and then lightly pressed until you hear it snap into place.
- Picture hanging tracks can also be mounted on a wall at an angle, for example parallel to the slope of stairs. In this case, you should definitely employ the LOCKING DEVICE FOR ANGULAR MOUNTING in order to prevent the pictures from sliding.
There are a number of ways to hang pictures on gallery tracks:
- you can insert PICTURE TRACK HOOKS into the (C) profile (slot) of the track - which should of course be facing downwards. A cable (picture wire) with a loop or a wire hook can then be hung on the picture track hook. Two types of PICTURE HANGING HOOKS that can be adjusted as to height can then be attached along the other end of the cable.
- In place of the picture track hooks you can also use different types of cables and cords that already have a DISK SLIDER or a SLIDING RETAINER attached at one end, each of which can be inserted into the slot of the track. In this case you get rid of the need for PICTURE TRACK HOOKS and produce a less obvious and more elegant connection at the track. On the other end of the cable, the height-adjustable PICTURE HANGING HOOKS designed for this system are then attached in the same way as when using track hooks and cables or cords.
- In contrast to the picture track hooks and the disc sliders, which are inserted into the track at the sides, sliding retainers can be hung from below at any position along the profile. That makes any arranging of pictures enormously easier, especially in the case of tracks that have been connected one to the other creating long continous lengths. This is because any subsequent re-hanging of your pictures can be done without having to slide and align the attachments on the track.
Normally a picture or object is hung using two cables (hooks) in order to assure a stable horizontal hanging. It is also possible to display a number of pictures hanging one over the other, whereby a number of picture hanging hooks are attached along one cable.
Aligning the picture hanging hooks at the proper height and subsequently hanging or adding a hopefully not too heavy picture can be done by yourself alone: this will, it should be noted, involve a little bit of practice and, more importantly, the use of suitable measuring tools. These include a spirit level, an appropriate TAPE MEASURE and, if necessary, a couple of easily made CARDBOARD distance pieces for measuring the heights of the the picture hanging hooks.
Then there is the question: how much weight can one picture track hold in total? This question cannot be answered with any accuracy because there are too many factors involved (certainly the composition of the wall holding the track is first and foremost among them!). It is definitely important to take into account the feature or line which serves as the basis for the necessary measurements leading to the positioning of your new gallery picture track – especially if it is to be indestructably attached to a wall. For example, picture tracks that are exactly positioned by means of a spirit level will look crooked if the ceiling above it is askew…