Frequently Asked Questions
Why use a Brick Clip® Fastener?
In the past, if you wanted to hang an object like a picture or craft on a brick fireplace or brick wall you had two options. You could pound a nail in the mortar or brick. The other method would be to get a masonary drill bit and drill a hole in the mortar or brick and then insert a lead or plastic anchor. Both methods would permanently damage the surface. Some brick fireplaces or brick walls are filled with old nail holes. With the Brick Clip® Fastener; you simply clip it on the brick and hang your object. There is no damage to the brick or mortar. If you need to reposition your object you simply remove the Brick Clip® Fastener and clip it on a different position.
What size brick will it fit?
The most common brick used in homes measures 2 1/8″ to 2 1/2″ in height. This is the STANDARD SIZE. The STANDARD SIZE Brick Clip® Fastener will fit most “standard” brick. In many areas of the country masons are now using a brick that measures exactly 2 5/8″ in height. This size is referred to as the “QUEEN SIZE” in many locations. If your brick measures 2 1/2″ to 2 3/4″, you need to order our “QUEEN SIZE” product. If your brick measures 3″ to 3 1/4″, you need to order our “MAX SIZE”. Many homes or structures using older used brick will find that their bricks can vary from 2 1/8″ to almost 2 3/4″ in height. If you have a lot of older used brick, you may need to order both sizes to accommodate for the size variance. We also manufacture a Brick Clip® Fastener for brick 3″-3 1/4″ in height.
Instructions on measuring your brick:
To determine whether you need the standard or queen size clip, measure the “vertical” height of the brick. In other words, from the bottom of the brick to the top of the brick. Measure the brick only. Do not include the mortar in your measurements.
How much weight will the Brick Clip® Fastener hold?
The Brick Clip® Fastener is made of strong tempered spring steel. It will hold up to 25 pounds which is much more weight than most picture frames or craft items. For large paintings, multiple Brick Clip® Fasteners can be used to help distribute the weight of the object.
What finishes does the Brick Clip® Fastener come in?
The Brick Clip® Fastener comes in an Antique Brass finish. On most applications you will never see the Brick Clip® Fastener because it will be behind the object.
Is the Brick Clip® Fastener reusable?
One of the great advantages of the Brick Clip® Fastener is that it can be used in different locations and clipped on and off as many times as the user would like. Some craft items are very seasonal. You might only hang a wreath once a year on your fireplace or outside on your brick wall. Simply remove the clip and apply it elsewhere.
Art galleries find it especially helpful for changing the location and position of their many paintings. It is very common to hang an art piece and then want to make minor changes. Once a nail or anchor is in place this is not easy to accomplish on a brick surface. With Brick Clip® Fastener, it takes a few seconds to reposition the frame.
What do I do if my mortar is flush with the brick?
You need to have at least 1/8″ of the brick showing to allow the Brick Clip® Fastener to clip on the brick. This is referred to as having a recessed mortar joint. If your mortar is flush or even with the brick our product has nothing to grab around. Several enterprising users have said that they chip a little mortar off the top and bottom of the brick so that the Brick Clip® Fastener can be used. This method is much less noticeable than a big nail hole or a hole drilled for an anchor.
Why are there two vertical hooks on the front of each fastener?
Sometime you may want to move a painting or craft item up or down by a small amount. By having these two hooks, one can raise or lower the object without shortening the wire behind the picture or repositioning the hanging hardward etc. Professional installers have also used the holes behind the hooks to thread wire or cable ties to attach to Christmas lighting or wreaths.
Questions about ordering “Wholesale” for retailers, wholesalers and distributors
If you are a retailer, retail packaging comes in a “blister card” as shown below. We also have a peg board point of purchase available for retail stores, also shown below.
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Any warranty expressed or implied is limited to the purchase price of this product. Manufacturer’s and/or seller’s liability is limited to either refund of the purchase price or replacement of the product.
The Brick Clip® Fastener received the “Best Product Innovation” 1st Place Blue Ribbon Award at the 1997 HIA Trade Show. HIA is an international association for the hobby and craft industry.
The Brick Clip® Fastener was selected out of more than 200 products in October 1996 QVC “Quest for America’s Best” and sold out in 6 minutes on national TV.
Seen also on HGTV Canada “Just Ask Jon Eakes, In the Workshop TV Show, Episode #05-198″ and Michael Holigan’s Problem Solvers TV Specials Segment # 5629.
In December of 2001, the Brick Clip® Fastener product was featured on the ABC Daytime’s Emmy® nominated talk show, The View as Lisa Ling and others showed products to use during the Christmas Season.
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