How to Keep Pegboard Hooks From Coming Out

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Pegboards are handy for storing tools.
Pegboards are handy for storing tools. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Pegboards and peg hooks are a staple in many home garages as a way to hang tools and baskets. One of the most common problems is the hook coming out of the pegboard each time you remove a tool or item. Over time, this can enlarge the peg holes, making it virtually impossible to keep a hook in the pegboard. Make sure you are using the correct-size board and hooks for the items you are hanging. The key to keeping pegboard hooks from coming out is securing the bottom of the hooks against the board.

Things You'll Need

  • Zip ties
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Peg locks
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife

Install a plastic zip tie around the bottom of the pegboard hook. Insert one end of the zip tie in the left hole nearest the pegboard hook, then feed it back through the right hole nearest the hook. Grab the end of the tie with needle-nose pliers to pull it through the hole if necessary. Insert the end of the zip tie into the slot on the opposite end of the tie and pull it tight. Cut the excess from the tie with a utility knife.

Plug in a crafter's glue gun. Install a glue stick in the gun. Wait 10 minutes for the gun to heat up the glue. Lift the bottom of the peg hook away from the pegboard. Press the trigger on the gun to apply a bead of glue in the pegboard where the hook sits. Lower the hook, pressing it against the hot glue. Hold it there for 30 seconds to let the glue set.

Insert specially made plastic peg locks. A peg lock has a groove that fits over the bottom of the peg hook; the ends of the peg lock attach to the nearest holes on each side. Measure the distance between the centers of a pair of holes and use that measurement when purchasing peg locks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Peg locks and zip ties are available at home improvement centers.
  • Small glue guns and glue sticks are available at craft stores and hobby shops.
  • The smaller the pegboard's holes, the smaller the hooks needed, and the lighter the weight they can hold.
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