In this video tutorial, learn how to install z clip mounting hardware. Z clips, or french cleats, are flush mount brackets used to secure items to a wall.
This wall-mounting solution is simple to install, strong, and reliable.
Z clips, a more modern version of french cleats, allow for easy removal and installation of items.
Even if you haven’t purchased a Surfboard Towel Holder, z clips can be used to mount wall panels, cabinets, pictures, artwork, or any flat object to a vertical wall.
Tools & Materials
For your convenience, I included links to the tools and material I used in this project.
If you purchased a surfboard fin towel rack, the z clips and screws are included.
- Z Clip for Single Items
- 12″ Z Clip
- 24″ Z Clip
- Magnetic Level
- Screws for Item
- 2″ Screws for Wall Stud
- Stud Finder
There are several things which are difficult to fully explain with words and images, so be sure to check out the video tutorial below!
How To Install Z Clip Mounting Hardware
Time needed: 10 minutes.
Learn how to install z clip mounting hardware (also known as french cleats) to securely mount any item to a wall that can be easily removed.
- Determine Location on Wall
First, determine the location to mount the item.
Ideally, choose a mounting location in front of a wall stud.
To find a wall stud, use a neodymium magnet or stud finder.
- Install Z Clip on Item
Next, install one z clip to the rear of the item using 2 screws.
Fasten the first screw and use a magnetic level before attaching the second screw.
The best location on the item is the upper half.
- Secure Z Clip on Wall
Then, secure the other z clip to the wall with one screw.
The z clip should be tight enough to stay in place, but loose enough to slightly move with your hand.
- Check for Level
Use a magnetic level to make sure the z clip secured to the wall is level.
Once level, mark the location of the other hole with a pencil.
- Install Remaining Screws
Install the remaining screws and fully tighten the first screw.
- Mount Item on Wall
Place the item on the wall.
- Verify and Test
Verify the item sits flush and secure on the z clip.
Remove the item to make sure it can be easily removed and re-installed.
- Complete Installation
Finally, install the item on the wall and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.
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