How do I hang pictures with sawtooth hangers on a very light (i.e. not compact) wall? Some additional facts:

Plastic hard wall hangers like these do not work:

Hard wall hangers

I wrecked a frame which I hung on one of these because it fell down.

Ergo, I need something stronger. I tried to drill a hole and fit a plastic anchor, but the anchor wouldn't sit well in the hole because the wall is so light. An attempt with an expansion anchor did not work either.

Do you think I used the wrong kind of expansion anchor? Are there other options? Please advise. The hangers on most of the pictures are of the sawtooth variety. I also have pictures with wires.

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    very light wall does not mean anything ... please edit your question
    – jsotola
    Jun 3, 2018 at 23:04
  • @jsotola I had trouble finding the right word. I now replaced it with "noncompact", but since I posted as a guest the edit has to be reviewed. If there is a better word, please let me know.
    – C. E.
    Jun 3, 2018 at 23:24
  • Show us what kind of "expansion anchor" you used.
    – brhans
    Jun 3, 2018 at 23:28
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    Hello, and welcome to Stack Exchange. I (along with others) rejected your edit; "noncompact" doesn't mean what I think you think it means. A full description of what the wall is made of, and its dimensions (e.g. thickness), would help. Jun 4, 2018 at 0:40
  • so you substitute one cryptic description for another .... noncompact wall is as useful as green wall ... we still have no idea what you are nailing into
    – jsotola
    Jun 4, 2018 at 5:31

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The anchors you chose to use are for a VERY hard wall surface, like concrete or masonry. The type of wall hangers you would need for a saw tooth hanger could be as simple as a nail driven at an angle or something more suitable off the store shelf.

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  • That looks very promising. I had seen them, but I didn't know that they could support that much weight. My pictures are rather large and the frames are made of metal, but certainly not anywhere near 100lb.
    – C. E.
    Jun 4, 2018 at 10:27

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