Hangin’ with Procraft: Your Guide to Toggle Bolts and Drywall Anchors
If you've ever attempted to hang heavy objects on drywall, you know that it's not as simple as pounding in a nail. Drywall is delicate, and using the wrong hardware can lead to unfortunate consequences.
The good news is that there are two reliable solutions that can ensure your items stay securely mounted: toggle bolts and drywall anchors.
Join us on a dive into the world of these unsung wall-hanging heroes and learn how they can make your life easier and your walls safer.
Why Does Drywall Need Special Hardware?
Drywall, also known as gypsum board or plasterboard, is widely used for interior walls. However, its composition makes it vulnerable to damage when subjected to weight or pressure. Nails alone cannot provide enough support in drywall for heavy objects, and that's where toggle bolts and drywall anchors come into play.
The Robust Toggle Bolt: A Hefty Fastener
Toggle bolts, also known as butterfly anchors, are sturdy fasteners designed to hold heavy items securely on hollow walls like drywall. They consist of two main parts: a bolt with spring-loaded "wings" and a machine screw. When inserted through a pre-drilled hole, the wings expand on the other side of the wall, providing a reliable anchor point. This mechanism distributes weight over a larger area, reducing the risk of damage.
The Versatile Drywall Anchor: A Trusted Support System
Drywall anchors come in various forms, but they all serve the same purpose: to provide additional support and stability for objects mounted on drywall.
Plastic expansion anchors, threaded anchors, and self-drilling anchors are among the most common types.
They work by gripping the interior of the wall when a screw is driven into them, preventing them from pulling out under load.
What to Use When
Choosing the appropriate hardware is crucial for a successful wall installation. The weight of the object being hung will determine whether you should opt for toggle bolts or drywall anchors. Lighter objects typically require drywall anchors, while toggle bolts are better suited for heavier items. Ensuring you choose the right size is also essential. Oversized or undersized hardware can compromise the effectiveness of the anchor.
Turn to Procraft Supply for Anchors and Toggle Bolts
When you need to install into drywall, you’ll want to ensure that you have toggle bolts and/or drywall anchors on hand. Fortunately, Procraft Supply carries both in a variety of sizes and quantities.
Working on a big project?
Be sure to stock up on one or more 50 packs of 1” Hollow Door and Drywall Anchors from E-Z Ancor. If you won’t be needing that many, the one inch anchors are also available in a 25 pack size. Maybe toggle bolts are more suitable for your project. Be sure to check out the Toggler ¼” toggle bolts we have in stock in 10, 30, and 100 pack quantities or, perhaps, our 3/16” toggle bolts, also available in packages of 10, 30, 100.
Finally, if you’re concerned about hitting a stud behind your drywall while installing, Procraft Supply also carries Stud Solver #7 x 1-1/4 in. Zinc-Plated Drywall Anchors (50pk). These E-Z Ancor Stud Solvers install anywhere on a wall, even if you hit a wood stud behind the drywall.
Toggle bolts and drywall anchors are indispensable tools when it comes to securely hanging objects on drywall. Their unique designs and installation techniques offer a safe and reliable way to hang shelves, mount TVs, and much more. With toggle bolts and wall anchors from Procraft Supply, you can confidently tackle any wall-hanging project, knowing that your walls and belongings are in good hands. Happy hanging!
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