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The Different Types of Drywall Anchors

May 11

When installing drywall, self-drilling drywall anchors are an excellent choice. There are also many other types of anchors available, including Molly bolts and Expansion anchors. Learn how to use them properly and find a product that fits your needs. Here are a few tips for installing drywall anchors. Read on to learn more. Weigh the pros and cons of each before you make your decision, and count on a drywall professional if needed. 

Self-drilling drywall anchors

These self-drilling studs are used for holding drywall. Unlike molly bolts, they are easy to remove. To remove a self-drilling stud, simply unscrew the screw with pliers and grab the anchor collar with your hands. When you remove a self-drilling stud, there should be no visible damage. This type of anchor is an excellent choice for drywall applications.

Before installing a self-drilling stud, you must create a pilot hole in the stud. You can use an awl or a Phillips head screwdriver to make a pilot hole. Use the hammer to push the screwdriver into the wall until it pops open. You should also remember to weigh the stud before hanging the item. The weight limit of the anchor is determined by the manufacturer's weight guide. The stud's diameter should be a little larger than the anchor's width. After you have drilled the hole, you must lightly tap the anchor into place.

When installing small decorative shelves, curtain rods, or other items, you can use a steel hollow-wall anchor. This anchor resembles a bolt wrapped in a pointed metal jacket and expands when it is fully inserted into the wall. When installed correctly, the drywall anchors can support up to 50 pounds. They are a popular choice for construction workers, plumbers, and electricians.

Molly bolts

One of the most common kinds of drywall anchors is a molly bolt. Also known as a hollow wall bolt, molly bolts expand with each turn of the screw, creating four points of pressure on the drywall. There are several sizes of molly bolts, from light duty to heavy duty. These anchors can support up to 55 pounds. While molly bolts are not as strong as drywall anchors, they can hold many different types of objects, including a television stand or a small shelf.

First, you need to drill a hole for the anchor, usually at the bottom of the wall. The size of the hole depends on the size of the anchor, so you should read the instructions on the package before drilling the hole. Once you've drilled the hole, insert the molly into the hole. You may have to tighten it a little to make sure the molly will stay anchored. Otherwise, the legs of the anchor will expand and grip another side of the drywall. A molly bolt is a good choice if you need a quick and easy drywall anchor.

Another type of molly bolt is a plastic hollow wall plug. This type of anchor pushes into the hole in the wall, then snaps open on the other side. These anchors are harder to level and can't be removed after tightening. They can hold up to 100 pounds and are often more durable than plastic wall anchors. To install molly bolts, you must carefully follow manufacturer instructions and drill the hole to the correct size and width.

Expansion anchors

The last of drywall anchor options, expansion anchors for drywall are screws that expand when threaded into the wall. They are useful for attaching lightweight items to walls. To install them, drill a pilot hole through the wall, insert the screw into the hole, and lightly tap it flush with the wall. As soon as you tighten the screw, the expansion anchor will expand and hold the item. Expansion anchors for drywall are usually made of plastic, but they are also available in zinc-coated metal and nylon. These are a great option for DIYers who want to save money while installing the screw.

Plastic expansion anchors are the cheapest type of drywall anchors. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and accept a wide range of screws. Larger ones can hold more screws than smaller ones. Heavy-duty plastic anchors have the strongest gripping power. The plastic anchors are useful for hanging lightweight items that will not weigh more than fifteen pounds. They are also great for small pieces of artwork and decorative objects.

The most common use for plastic expansion anchors is to hang items from the ceiling. The screws may look fine at first, but you should never hang anything heavy from the ceiling with them. Even if they appear to hold the weight, it will not be very secure and the screw could pop out. Moreover, you could end up with damaged items and a hole in the wall. Therefore, use caution when using these anchors and keep in mind that they should be used only for light-duty hangings.

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