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How should I support this large drywall patch?

It's a matter of preference, but I would float scrap lumber backing at four locations: Down both sides Across the bottom between the two studs Across the between the two studs just below the plumbing ...
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Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?

Drywall Anchors I have had 100% success with drywall anchors but I am very careful about all aspects of the mounting hardware. You have to design and execute your plan carefully to have success, ...
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Drywall anchor won't hold

What you are using are the most basic drywall anchors available. They're inexpensive and included in many products because of that, but they aren't good for much, and wouldn't be up to the task of ...
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One out of four holes in this bracket miss the stud - what would you do?

Two screws (of adequate length) are plenty here. You won't pull them out with a dozen cast iron pans. Use the largest screws that comfortably fit the holes and penetrate framing lumber about 1-1/4&...
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Drywall anchor won't hold

Most things that get regularly manipulated should not be hung with hollow-wall anchors. Eventually they pull out or the wallboard disintegrates. I'd install either some 1x4 wooden rails spanning ...
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Securing a large screw hook in drywall without an anchor

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, ( ...
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Hanging over both screws into drywall vs one into stud and another into drywall

Given this situation, one screw into a stud and one into a good anchor. If the mirror is wider than 16 inches, consider putting a piece of wood across two studs and two screws into the wood.
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Checking curtain rod stability?

If you have pulled on them and demonstrated that they are sufficiently solid, it sounds like you have a relationship issue involving physics vs. "alternative facts". Personally, for anchoring in ...
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Can a chin-up bar be supported by just two of the four intended mounting points?

#1 relies on the unknown integrity of this device when supported by only the two lower screws. It may not be designed to do that. #2 doesn't offer anything at all. While hollow-wall anchors can carry ...
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One out of four holes in this bracket miss the stud - what would you do?

Centre the top and bottom holes to the stud and use drywall anchors for the other two if needed. A stud is only an inch and a half wide, A screw right at the edge of a stud not much use. Could try to ...
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Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?

You will find many many installations of towel bars that are simply the crappy drywall anchors on each end. These will work as long as the towel bar is treated with kid gloves. Anything more and ...
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Anybody have experience in hanging a huge clock?

For large heavy objects that you want to span multiple studs, I like a french cleat. You can buy them out of metal from the store, or make your own by ripping a board at 45 degrees along it's length. ...
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How should I support this large drywall patch?

I don't ever attach drywall unless it has attached backing on each side. To float the backing and have it come out solid and flush and not cause drilling issues is both a thing that needs to be ...
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Is it a bad idea to install a book shelf system on drywall?

When attaching anything other than lightweight items to the wall, you want to ensure that you have attached it to the underlying wall studs. In the case of shelves, except for perhaps very light ...
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Why are all towel bars 24 inch? With studs being 16 inches apart - how do people mount them?

The simplest high-strength solution, if there isn't blocking behind the plaster to support it, is to mount the towel rack on an attractive piece of well-varnished wood (or a piece painted to match ...
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Screw is turning within wall plug and not tightening

You may have to pull out the anchor, fill the hole, redrill it and install a new anchor if the first one has become too misfigured. Be careful not to overtighten. You could also get some other kind ...
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How Much Weight Can My 1/2" Drywall Ceiling Take?

You will NOT want to support your 78 1/2 inch rod from the drywall alone. Drywall fastened up to the ceiling is a pretty good challenge just holding up it's own weight then yet you trying to add 70 ...
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Drywall anchor won't hold

EZ anchors are good but toggle bolts are better.
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Does drywall "wear out"?

No, drywall does not wear out. But holding excessive loads on anchors in drywall is a guarantee of failure. Drywall anchors do tolerably well in shear (loads downward, like hanging a picture) and ...
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Drilled hole through wall stud

With no more specifics than that I would say you should have no concern that one 3/8 inch hole drilled through one stud could present any structural problem. There is so much redundancy in standard ...
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How can I put a new screw where an EZ dry wall anchor holding up wide curtain rod was pulled out?

The easiest answer to this is a new, bigger drywall anchor - but these usually require new, bigger screws (thicker shaft, and likely a larger head). At some point, this approach becomes a bad idea, ...
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Unsure how to use these dry wall anchors?

Throw them away. These are terrible anchors. There are better ones for every type of wall. I never use the hardware that comes with anything to attach to walls. Learn how the walls of your home ...
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Mount TV to drywall with very little clearance

I don't think you can mount an articulating arm on this wall. An articulating arm must be mounted firmly in studs. Aside from finding the studs, you'll have two other problems: Your screws need to ...
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Re-mounting a shelf that pulled its anchors loose

Use More-Suitable Anchors If you have drywall, I'd start with a self-drilling drywall anchor, which has a very wide and coarse thread to grab the drywall paper from behind with very little clearance ...
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Hanging over both screws into drywall vs one into stud and another into drywall

As the other answer states - using a cleat is ideal, however will push the mirror off the wall slightly. This may not be acceptable. To answer the question at hand - if you can hit a stud, there's no ...
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Will a drywall anchor work fine after it's already open or engaged?

It depends on the type of anchor and the length of the screw, but I think you may have another problem. Most drywall anchors rely on the screw to expand the anchor and secure it into the drywall. In ...
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What's the strongest anchor for something heavy in double drywall?

I think this question warrants an answer with a healthy dose of caution: Shelves for supporting a lot of weight should not be supported via drywall! Structural shelves need to be supported by proper ...
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Why can't I get this plastic drywall anchor into the hole?

I actually really like those linked triple grip wall anchors (linked by OP). The package often comes with its own drywall drill bit as well. The trick to using them is to pinch the "shoulders" in ...
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Are 4 toggle bolts enough to hold up a 32in TV?

Use toggles, but also put at least one good fastener into the stud. (Even if you have to drill a new hole/holes in the mount.)
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