Ultimate Guide about how to install Drywall Anchors

A drywall anchor is a fastener that can be used to attach one object to another in situations where nails or screws and other fasteners are ineffective or impractical.

Do you want to know details about how to install drywall anchors? Ok, I will discuss gradually installation process, types and weight limit of drywall anchors.

There are two surfaces where drywall anchors are used on namely: extremely hard surfaces, for example, concrete walls and hollow surfaces such as ceilings, walls, and doors, especially when there is no beam or wood stud available behind the surface.

What is most confusing about anchors is the fact that most of them feel strong when they are installed for the first time. In time, however, an anchor that is mismatched with a surface will eventually become loose damaging the wall in the process as well as whatever was underneath or hanged on it.

How to Install Drywall Anchors

When an anchor is installed in the correct manner, they can be very strong and effective, with an ability to hold up to 40 pounds. Below are some guidelines that you will find useful when installing a drywall anchor:

1. Select the Proper Anchor

This will be determined by the type of wall or ceiling you will be installing the anchor on because different types of surfaces will require different types of anchors. The weight of the object to be hanged on the anchor is also a major factor. It is advisable to avoid hanging cabinets on a drywall anchor because this will put more stress on the anchor, loosening it in the process. The other factor that you should keep in mind when selecting the type of anchor is the angle that you need to install the anchor and the weight of the object to be hanged on it.

2. Make pencil Making of the Selected Spot

After you have selected a spot where you would love your mirror or picture frame to hang, make a small pencil marking on the spot where the drill will go. If the mirror or the picture frame has multiple hooks at the back side, measure the distance between them in order to mark the spots correctly.



3.Punch or Drill a Hole

The next step is to drill holes in the spots you marked while holding the drill perpendicular to the wall.



4. Slide the Anchor into the Hole

Push the anchor until it seats flush on the wall. Make sure the holes are not too small because this may cause the anchor to collapse onto itself. In case you need to, you can always tap the anchor with a rubber mallet to get it to sit flush on the wall.




You can then use a screwdriver to turn the lined up screw in a clockwise direction just enough to make sure that the base of the screw rests against the base of the anchor.


Finally, you can be finished your installation process.



The same process is used in installing Threaded Anchor screws, Plastic drywall anchors and molly bolts.

Types of Drywall Anchors

Different types of drywall anchors have different weakness,  strengths and features. An anchor may exhibit strength when installed on a drywall but become very weak and ineffective on concrete.

All drywall anchors can basically be divided into two major types namely: Expansion Anchors and Hollow Wall Anchors. These two have can be further divided into different types and brands.

1. Expansion Anchors: 

These are used on solid and thick metals, bricks, concrete, wood and mortar. They function by expanding when a bolt or screw is threaded into them. It is important to remember that expansion anchors are only as strong as the material or surface they are installed in. If they are installed in a soft material, such as in our case scenario, drywall, their strength is minimal and they may eventually loosen up.

2. Hollow Wall Anchors:

These are the best type to use as drywall anchors because they have a unique way of spreading inside a surface so that they cannot be pulled back through the small installation hole.

The strength of drywall anchors is subject to a number of variables which include: the type of the object being hanged the type of the surface the drywall anchor is installed in and the condition of the wall or surface and finally the type of anchor you are using.

For instance, you might be able to hang a 30 lb antique using a screw in a plastic expansion anchor, if the force applied is downwards. The very same screw and anchor may not have the ability to support a cabinet weighing 30 pounds if the force of the cabinet is pulling the anchor outwards.

If you are dealing with a wall that is structurally weak, has been damaged by water or has been repaired a number of times, it is impossible to tell the true strength of the wall.


Now you know types, weight limit and how to install drywall anchors, so you don’t need to take any service to install drywall anchors.

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