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Zvonko

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08-27-2021 05:56 PM

I love the idea of pegboard. Easily rearrange tools and keep them visible. However, I am so frustrated by the hooks that I’m considering just doing something else.

For some reason, all the hooks I’ve tried are too small for the pegboard holes. As long as I don’t touch the tools, everything is good. But when I try to remove a tool, most of the time the hook comes with it.

It’s gotten so bad that I used clear hobby glue in the holes I knew I would use for hooks. That actually worked well, but kind of defeated the idea of easily rearranging things.

Doing research on this, I ran across many posts recommending french cleats. I love that method and I have started using it for a lot of things. There are some things I’d still rather have on a pegboard.

What’s your experience with pegboards? Love/hate? Have you found any hooks that don’t do this?

PS-I know some will say, just use nails and screws to create hangers. I know, I know and I do that in some cases. But, again, I like the pegboard method for some things.

Thanks

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#1 posted 08-27-2021 06:03 PM

I use pegboard in a couple of places and here’s what I’ve found.

  • Get attachments made to fit the size pegboard you have, not the one-size-fits-all assortments.
  • Use peg locks.

French cleats are great for some things but pegboard is great for some things too :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 08-27-2021 06:07 PM

Peg board has never worked well for me. It’s ugly, rips under stress and the hooks always release when that isn’t what you want. I French cleated the entire inside of my shop and while handy I wish I had just applied where needed at the time. A nail of a cheated holder works for me. I do have a longing for the old summer camp tool wall. Shop teacher had a silhouette around each tool in black paint. No I won’t do that but I am seriously thinking of a massive tool cabinet but how will I know when I am done buying tools?

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#4 posted 08-27-2021 06:17 PM

I definitely agree with the suggestions to buy the 1/4” wire size hooks. I have purchased the one-size fits all hooks and find they are frustrating for the reasons you state. Another item to look into is pegboard clips. I found out about these when they were included in a box of hooks I bought. The do help hold the hooks in place better.

The previous owner installed pegboard over the entire wall when he built the wall separating the third bay of my garage creating a shop space. Rather than change it out I have been living with it. I have also found a simple 1/4-20 bolt works well for hanging items on the pegboard.

George

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#5 posted 08-27-2021 06:20 PM

+1 on there being 2 standard diameter hooks, sounds like you need the 1/4” variety or switch to the smaller holed (light duty) peg board.

With respect to the peg board concept, I love it, WRT the implementation, I hate it. Same issues, even with the proper hooks, care must be taken to avoid the hook coming out with your tool.

I’ve never tried the peg locks Ken mentions, worth a try but could be difficult to remove and re-deploy with a changed hook location. An alternative is to wrap a zip tie around the hook to lock it in place, but that is even worse since you need back side access to install the tie easily.

A version of the french cleat are the sheets of commercial panel cleats that take a wide range of hooks and holders, but the price is higher for these accessories.

A hybrid system of french cleats holding smaller peg board panels which can be taken down for access to the clips may help with the ability to keep your peg board and hook investment and use/reposition the black plastic clips.

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#6 posted 08-27-2021 06:53 PM



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I ve never tried the peg locks Ken mentions, worth a try but could be difficult to remove and re-deploy with a changed hook location. An alternative is to wrap a zip tie around the hook to lock it in place, but that is even worse since you need back side access to install the tie easily.

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- splintergroup

Not at all. They are flexible enough that it’s easy to remove them when needed by grabbing the end and pulling over. However, they never come off accidentally because pulling straight out on them in the center won’t pop them loose.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#7 posted 08-27-2021 07:44 PM

I’ve never liked how pegboard hooks work so I decided to put a sheet of plywood on the wall and simply screw the hangers I make directly into it. Easy enough to move when you need to and actually more flexible than a french cleat.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 08-27-2021 07:49 PM

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#9 posted 08-27-2021 08:39 PM

The peg lock work very well. I use ‘em everywhere. My shop is walled with pegboard (wood grained, and no longer available).


I use pegboard in a couple of places and here s what I ve found.

  • Get attachments made to fit the size pegboard you have, not the one-size-fits-all assortments.
  • Use peg locks.

French cleats are great for some things but pegboard is great for some things too :-)

- HokieKen


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#10 posted 08-27-2021 08:49 PM

I scrapped peg board and French cleat and just make custom hangers to fit stuff and screw them to wall. Much more versatile and nothing ever falls or comes unhooked.

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#11 posted 08-27-2021 10:32 PM

+1 “yesIcan”. Assortment packs of pegboard hooks normally don’t fit the holes very well. I usually get the heavy duty hooks vs. the standard hooks. Tool boxes are space savers. This is how I use the pegboards

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#12 posted 08-27-2021 11:10 PM

I’m a pegboard guy. Look at the pics in my workshop, plenty of pegboard.

These won’t come off when you remove the tool. Sometimes a little hard to install and a little harder to remove, but they stay where you put them.

I bought them at least 10 years ago, probably Amazon, maybe Zoro.

The 2 ends of the hook are actually a little wider than the holes are , put the top in first and the bottom snaps in place. What I see for sale now is slightly different, the bottom hook is split, it must compress to fit through the hole. It should also work good.

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#13 posted 08-28-2021 11:34 AM


These won t come off when you remove the tool. Sometimes a little hard to install and a little harder to remove, but they stay where you put them.

I bought them at least 10 years ago, probably Amazon, maybe Zoro.

The 2 ends of the hook are actually a little wider than the holes are , put the top in first and the bottom snaps in place. What I see for sale now is slightly different, the bottom hook is split, it must compress to fit through the hole. It should also work good.

- hairy

Cool. I figured there might be something like that. Guess I didn’t look long enough when I was searching for hooks.

Thanks!

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Zvonko

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#14 posted 08-28-2021 11:36 AM



+1 “yesIcan”. Assortment packs of pegboard hooks normally don t fit the holes very well. I usually get the heavy duty hooks vs. the standard hooks. Tool boxes are space savers. This is how I use the pegboards

- WoodenDreams

Ha, that’s what my pegboards end up looking like as well. Cram as much as I can on the board and on each hook.

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#15 posted 08-28-2021 11:38 AM



I scrapped peg board and French cleat and just make custom hangers to fit stuff and screw them to wall. Much more versatile and nothing ever falls or comes unhooked.

- CWWoodworking

Hmm, interesting. A couple of questions:
1) Could you post a few pictures of your setup?
2) If you end up having to move things around, do you have to move the screws as well? If so, doesn’t the board end up like swiss cheese with all those unused holes?

-- You can't always control WHAT happens, but you can always control HOW you respond.

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