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What are the different types of drywall anchors, and what are the advantages of each?

I recently put up wire shelving in my pantry, and spent forever figuring out what type of drywall anchor I should use. I even found several types that I didn't even know existed. It might be good to ...
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Why would plastic anchors pull out of the wall?

What is going wrong? To install plastic anchors I was taught to drill a small hole (exact size of anchor or slightly smaller.... lightly tap in anchor until fully recessed and face is flush with ...
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Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?

I want to install a towel bar in my bathrooms - and I went to Home Depot to get one - but all of their towel bars were 24 inch... This to me is weird. Do all people just mount their towel bars to a ...
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How do I repair a curtain rod anchor that was ripped out of the wall?

My children managed to pull on the curtains hard enough to yank the bracket which attached the curtain rod to the wall out. What is the best way to repair this? Here's what it looks like:
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dry wall anchor won't hold

i have baby gate on the top of the stair. dry wall anchors used held up for a couple of month but now it came out lose. What type of anchor do i need to use for this?
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How should I mount a TV stand on a wall covered in drywall?

How should I mount a TV stand on a wall covered in drywall? Should I trenail it to the wall?
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How to remove closet shelf clips and brackets without damaging the wall?

The previous owner of my new house installed ClosetMaid shelves in the closet. I removed the shelves, but had a really hard time with those clips and brackets (pictures attached). Seem like they were ...
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How do I mount 20 lb speakers to drywall between studs?

I have a pair of 20 lbs speakers that I want to mount to the drywall which is between two studs. How do people recommend these speakers be mounted? I would like to swivel and tilt the speakers. The ...
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Will wall anchors work when screwed into a stud?

I'm installing some Lack floating shelves from IKEA. I have two holes into the drywall with anchors (the metal kind with large threads), and one hole into the stud. The problem is, I got confused and ...
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LCD TV mounting bracket does not “fit” the studs location in the drywall - how can I overcome that?

I would like to mount my 32" LCD TV to a wall using a swivelling bracket that I bought. The wall it needs to go to is plasterboard so I need to mount it on the studs. However, I've got a problem - the ...
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What are some alternatives to wall anchors?

I've used these anchors in the past...I really like them for heavy duty mounting in drywall (for things such as vertical standards for shelves). However, these make pretty big holes in the drywall. ...
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Can I hang a bathroom cabinet on a single stud and drywall anchors?

I have a 15-20lb wood bathroom cabinet (24 inches wide, few feet tall) and I'll be looking to load it up with heavy bathroom supplies. Problem is there is only one stud available. Do you think one ...
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How Much Weight Can My 1/2" Drywall Ceiling Take?

Okay, so, I'm doing a DIY home improvement project; I do not have access to the attic as my home is on the second floor of my building. The project: Installing a beaded ballchain/shimmerscreen ...
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How do I remove this type of screw/nail (Cadet Heater FWC wall can)

I am a newbie. I want to remove Cadet Heater wall can and patch up the drywall but it appears that the wall can is secured by 4 round flat screws on the side. I tried pliers but it's small and round ...
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Attractively anchor a wire cable into drywall

I want to string a ‘high’ tension wire between two walls, for hanging light decorations on. The word ‘high’ is in quotes because it only needs to be tight enough to keep the wire looking level across ...
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Is it OK to install a TV mount when it can't be attached to a stud at all mount points?

I have a TV wall panel that can only reach two studs. I was wondering if it's fine to screw the left side and the center on studs, and have the right side anchored in the drywall. My TV is 30lbs with ...
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Is it possible to anchor a cabinet to a wall without damaging it?

I have purchased an approx 2m high by 35cm deep dispay cabinet seated on a carpet floor. This is not fully stable (the cabinet rocks a bit when you exert force on the doors to open them), and it was ...
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Anybody have experience in hanging a huge clock?

I need help with hanging this giant clock on the wall. Its huge and heavy. I believe its 4-5' in diameter and it weighs about 160 pounds. I figured building some sort of brace for it would be best as ...
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TV mount is 16.5“ wide but stud centers are 17” apart. Is it still safe to mount?

I am not able to install the mount by positioning it on the exact center of the studs. Is it alright if the holes are slightly off-center on the studs? The mount I am installing is this one, and my TV ...
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Can I use a drywall anchor in a stud to hang a shower curtain rod?

I am hanging a curved shower curtain rod to replace a spring loaded/standard curtain rod. The rod came with drywall anchors (3 each side) and I started drilling the holes for the anchors. First hole, ...
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Plastic Wall Anchors Without a Collar

I have installed some new toilet paper holders in my house. They came with cheap plastic wall anchors without a collar on them. I threw them away and used different anchors, because every time I try ...
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How do I install a coat rack on drywall over concrete?

Ok, here's the problem. I have a coat rack that was installed poorly by the previous owner, who firstly installed it upside down and then secondly didn't use any drywall mounts. It came right out of ...
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How do I anchor wall-mount hooks to studs if the mounting points need specific spacing?

I have two road bikes I want to mount on a basement wall. I have the mounting hook, which is something along these lines. Two screws (and whatever variety of plug/anchor), and the hook holds the bike ...
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Hanging pictures/mirrors to drywalls without leaving big holes

What are the best methods (screws, hooks, etc) to hang heavy objects (such as huge mirrors and framed pictures) on drywalls while doing the less possible damage? I don't mind drilling holes in the ...
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Are 4 toggle bolts enough to hold up a 32in TV?

My studs are 16 inches apart, but the stud is exactly centered on where I want my TV on the wall. The horizontal bars for my wall mount are 25 inches long (not long enough to reach the next studs to ...
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Can I mount a projector shelf to drywall?

I need to mount a projector shelf, however finding a stud is proving impossible. Is it a terrible idea to put this shelf up on drywall and then the projector which probably weighs at least 15lbs?:
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Fixing a poor measurement of drywall toggle anchors

I recently installed two metal drywall toggle anchors (similar to this. My measurements for these anchors turned out to be about 1/8th of an inch off, so they do not line up with the d-rings on the ...
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What type of anchor is this and what is the max capacity ?

I want to mount an item that is pretty heavy on the wall but the studs don't align with where I would like to mount it. Here is a picture I the anchor I am using (using two of them): What type of ...
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Nylon “expansion” anchor in drywall

Here we have an anchor named "universal anchor", that is supposed to work in every kind of wall (concrete, hollow, drywall, etc). I've used it in concrete and it is very good, but I'm a bit worried ...
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How to safely install drywall anchors near wiring

I need to hang a rack on a pantry wall, the other side of which has a light-switch. The rack will be holding quite a bit of weight (well-distributed, and close to the wall, though), and I need to ...
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How to fix a cupboard to 32mm thick plasterboard

I want to fix a cabinet to a bathroom wall. The wall is 710mm wide and has a single stud slightly off-centre, about 270mm from the right, but which is too near the middle to be useful for hanging the ...
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How to fix over-tightened metal drywall anchor?

I was installing a metal drywall anchor for the first time, and accidentally over tightened it. Now it isn't tight on the wall, and is unusable. I can not remove the screw from the wall, and am ...
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Stud finding for window curtains — what does it mean that the whole side of the window frame is magnetic?

I had originally hung up window curtains by putting plastic anchors into the plaster and screwing into those. After a year, that fell out. Searching online, it seems if I find the studs / wood ...
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How to remove things from drywall?

How do I remove the little round plates that are back of a stud in drywall?
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Mounting Full Motion Mount on a Single Stud

I've seen this question regarding a sheet metal stud, but my plan and situation are a bit different. I am curious if ananyone thinks this sounds secure: I have a full motion flat screen wall mount ...
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Live wire running through entire apartment wall?

I'm currently renting an apartment and my spouse and I want to hang a metal fixture above the wall where our bed is (in lieu of a headboard...for now at least). Where I want to hang it is 4 feet above ...
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Fix a screw into a wall-plug

The mirror in the bathroom is held by two hooks, that are screwed into the wall through wall-plugs. One of the hooks has become loose, and can easily turn around, and is thus not holding the mirror ...
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What is the usual maximum load for drywall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much weight can you mount to a wall? I've only recently moved beyond yellow wall plugs and into a different style of self taping plug that's rated to significantly ...
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Will a drywall anchor work fine after it's already open or engaged?

I'm going to install some shelving that is going to require either drilling into the stud, or using drywall anchors. The brackets are kind of thick (half an inch), so I'm wondering if it matters if ...
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Problem Using Wall Anchors for Curtain Rod

I'm trying to hang curtains for a floor-to-ceiling window by using drywall anchors to hold up the curtain rod. However, the plastic screw gets stuck about halfway anywhere I attempt to drill. When I ...
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What's the strongest anchor for something heavy in double drywall?

I have a party-wall in my apartment-née-condo that seems to have two sheets of drywall installed against eachother. All attempts to find some sort of stud or resilient channel / furring strip have ...
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How do you install the plastic/nylon toggle anchors?

I recently bought a shelf that included these types of wall anchors, and for the life of me, I could not figure out how to install them. What's the trick with them?      &...
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Screw is turning within wall plug and not tightening

In attempting to fix a toilet roll holder to a wall in my bathroom, the screw within the wall plug fails to tighten and grip the bracket. It does screw in but doesn't tighten against the wall. There ...
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Will using concrete anchors in wall studs cause problems?

While installing a wall mount for a 48" TV, I realized I made a mistake. I drilled a ⅜ pilot hole in the wall stud and then installed the anchors provided with the mount that the lag bolts would be ...
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How to anchor through .5 inch drywall/.75 inch wood/concrete block

Installing a TV wall mount. The issue is that the wall is 1/2" dry over 1x2 wood spaced 24 inch on center and then concrete block. What is the best fastner to to use considering the first 1 1/4" ...
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Why can't I drill deep enough into my wall for wall anchors?

I am living in a condo and have a problem to put anchor in the wall (drywall? I don't know th exact type of the wall). when I drill it doesn't go deep enough to put anchor completely in, so it can't ...
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Hooks for floating shelves

I'm planning on drilling into my wall and putting screws into hang a floating shelf I got from Ikea. It's fairly small (about 30cm x 30cm) but I would like to leave about 10 text books on it. http://...
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TV Fixings - 40" LED fitted to drywall using one metal stud and snaptoggles is it safe?

My son has just fitted my new 40" LED TV to drywall. He did attach a board to the drywall but when he purchased the board he had assumed the metal studs were 18" apart not 24" so only bought a 20" ...
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How do I remove plastic shelving molly clips?

I have some closet shelving clips I need to remove to paint a wall. The problem is that they are molly bolts. These are the exact clips/mollys. The question is similar to this one, but in my case,...
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Toggle bolt stuck in the ceiling with mounting plate

I bought 3 LED flat panel ceiling lights from Costco. 2 panels installed perfectly. One one panel, 3 toggle bolts are installed perfectly, but 1 toggle bolt is stuck and I cannot screw it into the ...