I have a large-ish screw hook in some drywall that is only supporting a dustpan and hand brush. The hook is not in a stud. As-is, the weight is not too much and the solution works. However, I am always afraid of ripping out the hook when I remove or replace the dustpan, and I can see that the hook is rather wobbly in the wall.

I would like to somehow make this more secure. The issue is that I cannot find any anchors large enough to fit the screw hook. Is there some alternate way of making this hook more secure? This is a garage, so I am open to solutions that might be considered unacceptable for interior use.

Screw hook in drywall

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    How about moving it over a few inches to a stud. Or Take the hook to the hardware store and use it to size an anchor. It is not a huge hook, i am sure an anchor can be found.
    – Alaska Man
    Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 18:33
  • This section of wall is between the corner and the garage door, and it’s just over a foot wide, so there is no stud. Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 18:40
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    Where have you looked for the anchors? They have anchors designed for lag bolts at any hardware store that would surely work for that.
    – jesse_b
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 16:02
  • Your hook is overkill for a dustpan and hand brush. Your biggest concern is accidentally tearing it out when removing the items for use because the hook is obtrusive. Get yourself a 3 or 4 inch screw and put it on an anchor at a slight angle. Patch up the old hole and call it a day.
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 18:48
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    Get a hook that doesn't project out so much. Then there is less "lever arm" wanting to pry the hook out.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 18:52

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Cut a 1"x 4" board just long enough to fit between the wall on the right and garage door on the left.

Attach each end with 2 1/2" screws into the studs of said wall and door frame.

Screw hook, ( or hooks ) into the board.

Other wise like i said in the comments, take it to the store to size and anchor, i have seen ones big enough for that size hook.

Be aware that an anchor may loosen up over time as well from repeated hanging and removing of the things suspended on it.

  • Great idea. Then I can use this area to hang other things. Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 19:07
  • Yes. i see you have perceived my "or hooks" remark. Send beer !
    – Alaska Man
    Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 19:13
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    Agreed - make the board as long as reasonably possible, so it spans across at least 2 studs and gets support from being screwed into them. Then got more hooks and hang all sorts of implements here. Given its a garage, this could be good for garden implements, power extension cords, etc. Could get fancy and add a long narrow shelf on top too for cans or similar storage.
    – Criggie
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 2:45
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    @Criggie Excellent suggestion with the shelf. I think I will do that! Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 3:46
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    +1. A peg board in a garage is always a good thing. Beer is deserved.
    – Graham
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 10:47

I recommend you move it a few inches either direction to find a stud, but if for some reason you don't want to do that and you don't want to use an anchor then I'd recommend using a hook designed to stay in drywall such as gorilla hooks / monkey hooks.

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    I do want to use an anchor... do you know of any anchors intended for large screws? And as I added in the comments to the question, there is no stud available to use. Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 18:42
  • The monkey hook is a good idea though... Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 18:44

Look for a large adhesive hook, easy to find a one able to hold up to 37+ lbs by spreading force over area on wallboard. No need for some complicated construction project. Remove your screw, put up the adhesive hook, and use immediately. One minute of effort.

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