How To Use Drywall Anchors To Hang Bits And Pieces On Your Walls?

Posted On Tue, September 14, 2021, 5:07 PM

You can mount items safely and effectively to walls even if you cannot reach a wall stud with your stud finder. You can also secure many things with drywall anchors because they come in different sizes and types.

This includes lighter objects such as composite deck screws or heavier art pieces weighing up to 100 pounds. Although they may seem intimidating to first-timers, it's relatively easy to install them once you learn how drywall anchors work.

To insert them, you will typically only need a drill and a screwdriver.

What Is An Anchor?

An anchor is a fastener that attaches one object to another. It can be used in situations where adhesives, screws or nails, or other fasteners are not ineffective or practical.

Two joint surfaces where anchors are helpful are

1) On challenging surfaces such as concrete and

2) On concave surfaces such as walls, doors, and ceilings especially where there is no suitable beam or wood stud behind the surface.

There are many types of drywall anchors available, with each having its strengths and weaknesses. An anchor that is strong in drywall might not be so strong in concrete. Or vice versa!

They almost always feel strong when they are first installed. Over time, an anchor that is not matched to the wall material will eventually cause damage to your wall, become looser, hanging, and everything underneath.

Consider These Things

When choosing drywall anchor screws to secure your wall, there are many factors you should consider. The most important thing is the item's weight. The anchor's package will usually indicate the weight limit.

To be safe, however, we like to subtract approximately 1/4 of the recommended weight to account for wall differences and any awkwardness or imbalances in the item you are mounting.

You can choose the suitable anchor for you based on your application. Expanding anchors with the lowest weight limit are the basic ones. You will need to drill a pilot hole before you insert them into the wall.

These self-tapping masonry screws are more robust and can be drilled into the wall. However, we give them a few taps with a wrench to get them going. 

Toggle anchors provide the best support. They can be pressed against the back of the wall with a bar. This gives the anchor a robust support system.

Types of Drywall Anchors

There are many kinds of anchors accessible in the market. We have listed the most popular types of drywall anchors.

1. Hollow-Wall Anchors

Molly bolts are also known for hollow-wall anchors. They are made with a bullet-shaped body. They are made of a pointed, metal body and have spiked collars.

The heavy duty drywall anchors require a pilot hole. Once the pilot hole is drilled, the collar's spikes will keep the anchor in place.

The screw is secured by extending the flanges towards the back of the wallboard. You can also get them in plastic with the same operation.

2. Expansion Anchors

Expanding anchors are usually made from plastic and come in a conical form. To improve grip, they have raised rings or barbs on their bodies. The shank of this anchor will split when you insert a screw into it.

It will eventually expand into wings or flanges that will grip the interior drywall. This will secure the anchor and prevent it from slipping out.

3. Toggle Anchors

These anchors are also known as toggle bolts. There are two kinds of toggle anchors: Screw and Strap. They both use the same principle: The toggle (anchoring element) is inserted into a pilot hole.

Mirror screws with caps toggles are more complicated than strap anchors because they use a spring-loaded toggle.

4. Anchors For Self-Drilling

The Self-Drilling Anchors are conical in shape but have threads. These threads allow them to be used as screw-in anchors and provide more holding power. They work in a similar way to expansion anchors.

The reason is that when you drive a screw, the anchor breaks the body so that it can hold onto the drywall. You can also choose from a metal version, depending on your needs.

The question now is, how do you choose 152mm Forgefix Concrete Frame Screw for your project? It all depends on what you are hanging or mounting. It is usually related to weight. Here's a small weight guide:

·         Plastic sleeves anchors, less than 10 lb

·         Self-drilling threaded anchors for drywall weighing between 10 and 25 lbs

·         25-50 lbs: Snaptoggles, molly bolts, and traditional toggle bolts

·         Over 50 lbs: Snaptoggle or toggle bolts. Or screw into an actual Stud.

You can find a 70mm TIMCO C2 Multi-Purpose Advanced screw that can support more than 100 pounds. It is best to test the anchor before hanging any expensive items.

Contact Information:
Multifix Direct

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