How to Decide a Good Screw Anchor Based on Type and Usability

If you have a hollow wall and want to hang a few things, you may get some screw anchors from the market which can be nailed here and there to fix a few things. But before you invest on any such support anchors, you should know which comes in use and for what kind of work. Using, drilling, and removing them must be learnt to make the best out of it.

Anchor Screws

Anchor screws are a big savior, in case you have to use walls which are hollow or too thin to support big screws and nails. For such cases, the screw anchor can take much of the load and save the wall from any damage due to drilling or taking the load. Their working principle is amazing which shares the load safely over the screw, while anchoring the screw tightly, securely, and in such a way that it won’t come off or slip from the place.

Screw Anchor
Screw Anchor

The Main Uses of Anchor Screws:

You can use an anchor screw for versatile reasons on a semi solid or thin wall. The main reasons are as follows:

  • You can hang a picture.
  • A mirror which is light weight can be hung.
  • You may hang the light or empty bags.
  • You may use it as a hat holder.
  • You can use to avoid the show of the hole or drilled sight on the wall.

What to Do If You Have to Hang a Heavier Object

There are anchor screws to withstand heavier weights also. In fact, every screw type has a different capacity to take weights. If you want to hang more weight, then you must estimate this from the very beginning, and buy and install screw anchor accordingly.

Always Remember to Use a Drill

To install an anchor screw, you must use a drill. A finishing nail is a good alternative to a drill if you don’t have one, but only for thicker former walls. If you are drilling the hole in thinner or hollow walls, then nothing is better than the drill. Only the required amount of hole will be made, and it will be compact without making sutures or fractures across the wall, thereby making the fitting of the anchor stronger.

Here is again a tip on making the hole. Always make a hole smaller than the size needed. This way, when you will push in the screw, the screw will make the exact room for itself and will hold and clasp tight on to the wall because of the exact size or little smaller hole. Anchor screws make for an excellent interior improvement opportunity for apartment dwellers that get hollow or thin walls to fix the items.

Anchors That Are Most Needed

There are several types of anchors that you may use as per the wall type, and the most common ones are explained here:

  • Threaded Drywall Anchors– these are medium weight withstanding anchors which are popular for easy installation technique.
  • Plastic Hollow Wall Plug- these are used for light weight bearing and can be inserted easily into a hole. You can use them in dry-walls.
  • Expanding Anchors– these are good to take medium or heavier weights and are used on concrete walls. These are also called wedge anchors and are available as full and partial threaded and partially wedged.
  • Cement Board Screw Anchor– high weight withstanding, this anchor is for attaching cement boards with metal or wooden walls.

These are some of the common screw anchor types used, and you will always get them in any good shop.

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