Using Wall Clips
- Part 1: Installing
- Part 2: Fitting Controllers
- Part 3: Inserting and Removing Controllers
- Resource - VIDEO: Fitting controllers
- Resource - VIDEO: Using Wall Clips
- Resource: User's Guide (pdf)
Be aware that safety is your responsibility. Please read our Safety Warning and Disclaimer before you start.
Before you can use your wall clip, you will need to install and fit the clip to your controller.
Installed, fitted, and ready to use.
You'll want to seriously consider where to mount the clips so they are convenient and do not pose a danger. Some considerations:
- Don't hang the clips in high-traffic or action zones. The clips stick out from the wall and may pose a hazard.
- Place the clips in a position that keeps them out of reach of young children.
- The vinyl caps on the ends of the legs could be removed by young children. If this is a concern, put a tiny drop of "super glue" into the interior wall of each cap, and put them back on the ends of the legs.
- Place the clip near the console so it is convenient to hang and remove as you turn off/on the console.
To install the clip, we are simply going to put a hole in the wall and screw the clip in place. However, usually you will be installing more than one clip at a time, and may want them evenly spaced in a line. Doing so requires a slightly different process. So, these instructions will show you how to install 4 clips at a time. You can easily modify these instructions to suit your layout.
- 4, Assembled Wall Clips
- 4, cable clamps
- 4, wall anchors (not needed if installing into wood)
- 4, screws (#8 x 1.25 in. long)
- 4, screw caps (optional)
Clockwise, left to right: clips, cable clamps, wall anchors, screws, screw caps.
Tools and Materials
- 1, roll masking tape
- 1, tape measure
- 1, pen
- 1, straight board or yard stick ( at least 18 in. long)
- 1, level
- 1, hammer
- 1, nail
- 1, hand drill
- 1, phillips screwdriver
- 1, 3/16 in. (6 mm) drill bit if installing into sheet rock
- 1, 5/64 in. drill bit if installing into softwood
- 1, 3/32 in. drill bit if installing into hardwood
Clockwise, left to right: board, level, tape measure, drill, hammer, screwdriver, pen, tape, nail, drill bits.
(1) Put on cable clamps:
Snap the cable clamps onto each of the clips. (PIC 1-3)The clamp should be in the center of the bend of the clip. (PIC 1-4)
(2) Tape off approximate height:
Use masking tape to tape a line about where you want the clips to mount on the wall. (PIC 1-5) The tape doesn't have to be perfectly level. Don't press too hard on the tape so it is easy to remove later. For controllers with cables, remember to leave enough vertical room from the floor so the cable will not touch the ground when dangling from the clip. This is usually a minimum of 38 inches.
(3) Mark horizontal positions of clips:
Using a tape measure, "lightly" put vertical marks on the tape where the holes should go. (PIC 1-6) When positioning Wii remotes and nunchucks next to each other we found 4 inches between hole centers seem nice. Your choice.
(4) Mark vertical positions of clips:
Hold the board against the wall just below the tick marks. Place the level in the center of the board. Adjust the board up/down on each end until the bubble in the level is centered. (PIC 1-7) Hold the board firmly against the wall, and "lightly" put a horizontal hash on each tick mark. (PIC 1-8)
(5) Mark drill holes:
Using a small nail and hammer, mark each cross with a light tap from the hammer. (PIC 1-9) After you are done marking the holes, carefully remove the tape from the wall.
(6) Drill holes in wall:
If you are installing the clips into a hollow wall (EG: sheet rock) you will drill a 3/16 in. (6 mm) hole on each mark made in the previous section. If you are installing directly into wood, your hole should be 5/64 in. for softwood or 3/32 in. for hardwood. Center the drill bit in the mark you made with the nail and apply light pressure while drilling. (PIC 1-10)
(7) Install Wall Anchors:
To mount the clips securely on a hollow wall you need to use a wall anchor. Place an anchor into each hole and gently tap it in with the hammer. (PIC 1-11)
(8) Screw in clips:
Pinch the cable clamp so the holes match up. Push and turn the screw a few times to get it started in the clamp. (PIC 1-12) The screw should poke out the back a little and hold the clamp together. (PIC 1-13) Screw the cable clamp into the anchor. Make sure the cable clamp stays in the center of the bend. Support the clamp with your fingers while tightening to keep the clamp in position. (PIC 1-14) Don't over-tighten. Just tighten until it starts to feel snug.
(9) Push on caps:
Push the screw cap onto the screw head until you hear a snap sound. (PIC 1-15, PIC 1-16) Note: you may want to wait to put the caps on after you fit the controllers in the next section. This will allow you to loosen the screw (if necessary) to rotate the clip to be used as a "hook".
Before you use the Wall Clip you will need to adjust its shape to grip the controller you want to hang up. This is simply a matter of squeezing the legs together, pulling them apart, and/or flipping the clip over. After fitting the controller you may occasionally have to adjust it. If you do have to adjust it, a simple squeeze, push, or pull of the legs before placing your controller in the clip will pop it back into shape.
There are two ways you will position the Wall Clip depending on the type of controller you are hanging:
(1) Positioned as a "clip":
The clip, as constructed and mounted on the wall, is already setup to be used as a"clip". (PIC 2-1)
(2) Positioned as a "hook":
Rotate the clip up to touch the wall. (PIC 2-2) Now rotate the clip around the screw 180 degrees. (PIC 2-3) The legs act as hooks. Drag the bumpers down so they rest in the bend of the legs. Fingernails help. (PIC 2-4)
OK, let's fit those clips.
Position the clip on the wall as a "clip". Squeeze the bumpers together until they are about 1-3/8 in. apart. (PIC 2-5) Push the controller into the clip and see how it fits. You want a tight grip, but not so tight that it is difficult to insert and remove. (PIC 2-6) If it is too difficult to push into the clip, widen the grip a bit by pulling the bumpers apart. (PIC 2-7) If it is too loose, squeeze some more. Make sure the bumpers are adjusted to contact the sides of the controller. (PIC 2-8) Note: If you have a "skin" on your Wii Remote then you will not have to squeeze as much. In fact, Nintendo's "stock" skin doesn't usually require any fitting. Just push it in. More on that here. For other skins, test to see how much adjustment is needed before the initial squeeze. (PIC 2-9)
Position the clip on the wall as a "clip". The Nunchuck fits into the clip by wedging it's v-shape between the bumpers. Squeeze the bumpers just as you did for the Wii Remote (about 1-3/8 in. apart). Place the nunchuck into the clip from the top. (PIC 2-10) If it is held nicely between the bumpers you are done. Otherwise, adjust accordingly.
Guitar controllers hang on the clip by the neck. Position the clip on the wall as a "hook". Squeeze the legs so they touch the neck, but do not slide past the headstock. (PIC 2-11)
Classic controllers are gripped by the legs of the clip. Position the clip on the wall as a "hook". Place the controller into the clip and spread the legs outward in a v-shape so they are positioned just outside the thumbsticks. While spreading the legs, support the bottom of the clip with your index fingers so only the legs rotate outwards. (PIC 2-12) For a firm grip, remove the controller and push the legs a little inward so they will contact the controller. (PIC 2-13) Reinsert the controller to test. Adjust accordingly. (PIC 2-14,PIC 2-15)
Steering wheel controllers hang by the wheel. Position the clip on the wall as a "hook". Hang the controller. (PIC 2-16)
It's possible to adapt the clip to other controllers. Just use some imagination and a little muscle to bend it into shape. Here's what we did for our wireless Xbox controllers.
Position the clip on the wall as a "hook". Place the controller into the clip. It probably will not fit in the hook. Pull the legs towards you until it starts to fit. Now spread the legs so they are positioned just outside the D-pad and thumbstick. While spreading the legs, support the bottom of the clip with your index fingers so only the legs rotate outwards. (PIC 2-17) For a firm grip, remove the controller and push the legs a little inward so they apply pressure against the controller. (PIC 2-18) Reinsert the controller to test. Adjust accordingly. (PIC 2-19)
If you're curious, here's what we did for our Playstation 2 controllers.
How to Fit controllers to the Wall Clip.
Inserting and Removing Controllers
Here are some notes on inserting and removing controllers in case you need it:
Insert the remote by firmly pushing it straight into the clip all the way to the back. (PIC 3-1) The bumpers should tightly grip both sides. We recommend positioning the controller so the bumpers are near the "Home" button. (PIC 3-2) Remove the controller by grasping just above the bumpers and pulling straight out. (PIC 3-3)
Insert the nunchuck by placing it into the top of the clip. (PIC 3-4) The v-shape of the controller will wedge itself between the bumpers. (PIC 3-5) Remove the controller by grasping the top of the controller and pulling it up and out. (PIC 3-6)
Insert the guitar by grabbing the neck near the headstock, push the neck into the clip, and lower it onto the bumpers. (PIC 3-7) The headstock will rest on the bumpers. (PIC 3-8) Remove the controller by grabbing the neck and raising it up and out. (PIC 3-9)
Insert the classic controller by placing it into the top of the clip. (PIC 3-10) The controller will rest on the bumpers and the legs should apply pressure to firmly hold it in place. (PIC 3-11) Remove by lifting it straight up. (PIC 3-12)
Insert the steering wheel controller by placing it on the clip's legs. (PIC 3-13, PIC 3-14) Remove by lifting it off the legs. (PIC 3-15)
Xbox 360 controller:
Insert the 360 controller by placing it into the top of the clip. (PIC 3-16) The controller will rest on the bumpers and the legs should apply pressure to firmly hold it in place. (PIC 3-17) Remove by lifting it straight up. (PIC 3-18)
How to Insert and Remove Controllers in the Wall Clip