Anchors Away

Toggles, anchors, shields, wedges; who knew there were so many choices, and what’s the right wall anchor for you?

The assortment of wall anchors that are available can be a little overwhelming. However, there are a few simple guidelines to follow when selecting the correct anchor for your specific job. The type of anchor that you choose all depends on the weight of the object that you are hoping to install, as well as the material of the surface that you are fixing the object into. Once these are determined all that’s left to do is pick the anchor and install it.

     Plastic wall anchors and toggles will be perfect for light duty jobs such as installing bath & kitchen accessories, small mirrors & pictures, smoke detectors, and electrical fixtures into drywall, tile, wood, or hollow concrete surfaces.

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Plastic Anchor

Drill a hole into the wall 1/4″ deeper  than the screw is long, using a drill bit that has the same diameter as the screw you will be using.

Insert anchor flush into the wall.

Tighten wood or metal screw through fixture into anchor.

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   Plastic Toggle

Drill a hole into the wall 1/4″ deeper  than the screw is long, using a drill bit     that has the same diameter as the screw you will be using.

  Bend the plastic toggles forward (toward the wall) by pushing the middle with a special tool or small nail.

Push the toggle into the hole in the wall.

 Install fixture with screw and tighten into anchor until secure.

                If you are installing cabinets, partitions, shelves, pictures or a sign, handrails, light fixtures, or drapery hardware into drywall, wood, tile or hollow core concrete  there are three choices of anchors that can be used; hollow wall anchors, drive wall anchors (not for tile or concrete use), or spring wing toggle bolts. The only difference between these three options are how they are installed into the surface.

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Drive Wall Anchor– No drilling is necessary, just start the hole with a nail and tap the anchor into the surface.

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Hollow Wall Anchor

Drill a hole into the surface 1/4″ deeper  than the screw is long, using a drill bit that has the same diameter as the screw you will be using.

Tap into the hole until the cap is snug with the surface.

While tightening the screw, press in firmly, so the anchor does not rotate, until definite resistance is felt.

Remove the screw and insert it into the fixture, tightening the screw into the anchor that is attached to your surface.

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Spring Wing Toggle Bolt

Drill a hole into the surface 1/4″ deeper  than the screw is long, using a drill bit that has the same diameter as the screw you will be using.

Insert screw through fixture and thread the toggle onto the wall side of the fixture.

Then fold the wings back toward the screw head and push them into the hole in the surface.

Pull screw back, so wings grip the inside of the wall, and tighten with a  screwdriver.

                Lead wood screw anchors and lag screw shields are two types of anchors that can be used to install partitions, window awnings, hose reels, lightweight machinery, decks, and spotlights. They are great for use in hollow and solid concrete, brick, marble, and stone.

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Lead Wood Screw Anchor

Drill a hole into the surface 1/4″ deeper  than the screw is long, using a drill bit    that has the same diameter as the screw you will be using.

 Insert anchor until it is flush with the surface.

Insert wood screw through fixture into anchor and tighten.

Screw-length should equal thickness of fixture + 1/4″

          lag-shield-anchor       Lag Screw Shield

  Drill a hole into the surface using a drill bit that has the same diameter as the lag screw you will be using.  

 Insert shield until flush or slightly below the surface.

 Insert lag screw through fixture into shield and tighten.

                Heavy duty projects such as installing conveyor systems, stadium seats, handrails, industrial equipment, or farm equipment should be done with the use of a wedge anchor. These anchors can be put into solid concrete, brick, and stone.

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Wedge Anchor

Drill a hole, equal to the diameter of the anchor, to any depth exceeding the length of the anchor.

Assemble nut and washer flush with the top of the anchor.

Drive anchor through fixture until washer is flush.

Tighten the nut to expand the anchor.

     Still overwhelmed by which anchor is right for you?  Its a good thing we have experienced sales people that know how to translate “I need that >do hickey< that screws into the wall to hold my mirror” or even the famous “do you have any of those wichamacallits? you know, the blue thingamajiggers that go into the wall to hold my shelves up” – So stop on by or give us a call.  We can certainly show you how to install the right anchor for your project!

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