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I need to hang a mirror in my bedroom. I purchased some anchors assuming the drywall would be 3/8ths of an inch thick. However, when I drill my pilot holes, I realize the drywall in my bedroom is definitely more than an inch thick! I live in a residential condominium tower (35 stories high) and the wall I am drilling into is one that I share with my neighbour. At this point I don't know how thick the drywall is, but I know I'm not drilling into a stud.

So assuming this drywall thickness is normal, should I continue to use the anchors that I bought? See picture below. These anchors require a hole that is 1/4 inch wide but since I'm not confident in using these anymore I've stopped drilling. What should I do?

(https://i.stack.imgur.com/KBC6i.jpg)

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My opinion of the anchors that you posted is pretty low. There are far better anchors available than those. As a matter of fact those anchors are touted to be for "solid material walls, floors and ceilings". I personally do not consider drywall to be a particularly solid material in the same way that wood, brick or concrete would be.

Your wall is probably made up two layers of 1/2" drywall to be both a fire stop and sound deadening between the neighbors unit and yours.

If I were to be hanging a heavy mirror on 1" thickness surface drywall I would look at toggle type anchors that look like this:

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  • +1 I share your disdain of such anchors. And they are definitely not intended for drywall. They grip by pressure against a solid surface and even lack ribs common on plastic drywall anchors. – bib Dec 6 '16 at 14:31

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