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How should I support this large drywall patch?

after the installation of a new water heater and a relatively extensive plumbing fix, I wanted to save a buck trying to patch the drywall myself. It's the very first time I buy a piece of drywall or ...
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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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Drywall anchor won't hold

I have a baby gate on the top of the stair. The dry wall anchors used held up for a couple of months, but now it came out loose. 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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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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Securing a large screw hook in drywall without an anchor

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 ...
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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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TV mounting bracket does not fit the stud locations - 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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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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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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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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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 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 to anchor coat hooks and shelving in a rock-lath & plaster wall?

I've purchased an older home from an era when they used rock lath and plaster for the walls. I had never heard of this kind of construction, though I've done plenty of electrical wiring in older homes ...
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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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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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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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Checking curtain rod stability?

I recently installed a curtain rod into drywall with the default screw anchor provided with rails (top picture). My partner thinks that the rods aren't sufficiently stable and wants me to do the work ...
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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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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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Hanging IKEA Kungsfors on drywall

I'm hoping to hang two sections of IKEA's Kungsfors system on drywall in our kitchen. It'll be about twice as tall as the one in the link (two sections), but since they're independent of each other ...
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What to do if drywall anchor isn't flush with the wall

I'm trying to install a curtain rod. The kit came with drywall anchors and screws. The anchors are 1 inch long. However, the drywall is maybe 1/2 inch thick. Behind the drywall it looks like a ...
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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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Can not work out what material the interior of my walls are made of

I am trying to work out what the inner walls of my house are made out of. I want to attach some shelves but have no clue what anchor to use. I've attached a photo of the area around a light switch, ...
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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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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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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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Does the supported weight of drywall anchors scale linearly?

That is, if one drywall anchor supports 50 lb, will two support 100 lb? Four support 200 lb? etc.
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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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Why can't I get this plastic drywall anchor into the hole?

I bought drywall anchors to hang a curtain rod, and followed the directions on the package (use 1/4" drill bit to make the hole for the anchor, then push it in). When I push, it won't go. If I try to ...
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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 higher ...
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Drilling through drywall, hitting mystery object

I am trying to put some anchors into the drywall so I have something to bracket a bookcase to. They don't have to hold much weight, just stop it from swaying during an earthquake. I've tried several ...
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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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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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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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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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wall anchor didn't go all the way in - hit a white plastic?

Pretty new with everything about drilling stuff into the wall, so forgive me. I tried to use a recommended wall anchor (click the link for more info), and unfortunately, about halfway through, the ...
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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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Anchor drywall edge to ceiling next to a wall running along joist?

I am working on a wall that will separate the main basement area from the storage area (with a door). This new wall will run along the above floor joist which removes the possibility for drywall ...
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How to determine which kind of plastic anchor to use on which kind of wall?

I have a holder for a handheld shower head that I would need to install on a bathroom wall. This holder came with two screws and two different kinds of plastic anchors. The anchors look as shown here:...
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How do I safely remove a drywall anchor from a stud?

I didn't realize that these were intended for use with drywall (I only found out the name of these things after the fact) and just put them in where we had a stud. Now, it turns out that my holes are ...
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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 ...