Drywall Anchors For Heavy Items
The strength of your drywall anchors depends on three things: 1) The material; 2) The thickness of the wall; 3) And the weight of the item being anchored. You will need to choose a strong anchor that can support these weights.
If you have a large piece of furniture or other heavy object, it’s better if you use stronger anchors than those designed for light objects.
Material – Drywall anchors are made from various materials such as wood, plastic, fiberglass and metal. The type of material used determines how well the anchor holds up over time.
Wood is good for small pieces of furniture and appliances while plastic is good for larger items like doors and windows. Fiberglass is not recommended because it tends to crack when exposed to moisture or high temperatures. Metal anchors tend to rust at higher temperatures too.
Thickness – Thickness of the wall affects how much force is required to break through the wall. A thicker wall requires less force to pull out a stuck object.
However, thick walls do not last forever so they must eventually come down due to wear and tear. A thinner wall will require more force to pull out a stuck object but it lasts longer since there is no wear and tear involved. For example, a light wooden cabinet may stick into a wall but it will not make much of a difference after it is removed again.
Weight of the object – The heavier the object and the larger its dimensions, the stronger drywall anchors you will need to use. It is similar with thin walls; a larger object will not make much of an impression on a wall no matter how heavy it is.
You can also use several small items to fill up the space instead of one large one. This way, there is no need to exert too much effort just to remove a single object from the wall.
200 lb Drywall Anchors
Drywall anchors are designed to support light to medium loads. They can hold up to 200 pounds of weight so they are only really good for smaller objects like mirrors, paintings, and windows.
Using one or several anchors is okay but you should not exceed these limits based on the weight.
If you need something that can handle heavier loads, toggle bolts or screw anchors are better suited for the job. Each type of anchor has its pros and cons so it is important to know what you are working with before deciding which one to use.
Toggle bolts are often used for wooden beams in concrete walls while screw anchors can be used on either wood or metal surfaces. With both anchors, make sure you drill the proper-sized hole.
We advise you to use anchors that are specifically designed for drywall because the standard ones are not as strong. If you don’t take the time to research, you will end up having to buy new drywall anchors and start all over again.
Determine the location of the wall you want to put an anchor in. Measure a few times to be sure that it is in a good place where it can support an object without causing any damage to the rest of the wall.
Make a hole at least 1/2 inch in diameter. Most drywall anchors can only hold up to 200 pounds so it is important not to exceed this weight limit.
After drilling, clear out any leftover pieces using a vacuum or compressed air.
Choose an anchor that you think will work for your needs and follow the instructions included with it. Usually, all you have to do is put it in place then screw it in using the tip of a screw driver.
For toggle bolts, all you have to do is push it directly into the wall after drilling a hole first. Make sure you don’t over-tighten the bolt or else it will not be secure.
Non-Traditional Drywall Anchors
Plate anchors are particularly good for moving furniture since they can hold a lot of weight and are very easy to use. All you have to do is put them in place then tighten the screw.
With hook type anchors, all you have to do is bend the metal hooks around the object then push them into place. In both cases, make sure you drill small holes first for the screws.
Choose a hook or plate anchor depending on your needs and preferences. You can also use both types in case one fails to hold the weight of your object.
For thinner walls, we suggest using plate or toggle bolts because these can go in very deep.
After making the hole, place the anchor correctly then screw it in until it is very secure. Test it by putting a few pounds of pressure on it to be sure that it will not fail.
When you are satisfied that it will hold, place your object on top and make sure that it is secure.
Make sure that the drywall anchor is the right size so you do not over or under-power it. Always drill a starter hole first and make sure that the walls are sturdy enough to support any added weight placed on them.
Make sure the walls are sturdy enough to support any added weight placed on them.
Test the weight limit of the drywall anchors before adding any furniture to them. You don’t want to over-power them and cause a collapse in your wall.
Make sure you test all of your drywall anchors before loading them with a heavy object because some of them can fail without warning.
Test the strength of the wall by pressing on it with your hand firmly. If you feel even the slightest bit of weakness, do not attach any furniture to it because it might cause the drywall to collapse.
Attach a piece of wood on top of your furniture if your drywall anchor fails. This will prevent the furniture from damaging your wall as well as keeping the drywall from collapsing.
Always clear away any leftover pieces of the drywall or debris that may have fallen while you were drilling or placing in anchors. This is for safety reasons mainly; you don’t want your cat or anyone else to accidentally get hurt from these pieces.
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