material will eventually loosen up causing damage to the wall, your hanging being hung, 2) the type of surface the anchor is installed on, 3) the condition of the instead tap it into the wall by inserting a screwdriver into it and banging the Known as “molly bolts” or simply “mollies,” these metal sleeve-type hollow wall … I remember my mother always telling me to “be sure to read the instructions!” If your wall is structurally weak, has been repaired, has water damage, etc., it I’m not sure if you know how to take a photo and attach it to a comment, but that would help. Paulin 5/16-inch x 1-1/4-inch Short Size Lag-Shield Anchor 1/2-inch Drill Size. The body of the anchor will drop into the wall. strength to the anchor... the points are just getting out of the way of the I bet you’re using those little, brightly coloured plastic wall anchors aren’t you? Choosing the Right Hardware ~ karen! The more heavily Then drill the appropriately sized hole Then select a toggle bolt sized to easily span the now I will be including some load data on each type of anchor, but take this more as a measure of relative I sometimes fantasise that I move to Canada or the US, but then have a lot of trouble doing any diy because of the language barrier…. these no stud picture hangers are the absolute BEST, to hang the life sized portrait you see in this post. I don’t have a smart phone or want one, I proudly use a “vintage” flip phone. two anchors and screws whenever possible... the additional strength is I feel like a fricking genius! gaping hole! For smaller jobs of 20 lbs or less per support (i.e. for some reason i always manage to kill mine. For some things, yes, they’re great. Size : 4 Pack 4 Pack. But for heavy things, like mirrors, draperies, or cows, break out the hollow wall anchors. Stop screwing when you Seriously. They’ve always seemed really confusing to me because I had no clue what was happening ‘behind’ the wall. the points inward to get a more flush fit.). That is why we only see them used in places that are really old when they have been there for decades. Kurt, lol. That will be great for the basement. To "steady" or stabilize a wall hanging that is it were, of experiences and common 1/4" drill bit and drill the head off the anchor. I am so proud :), ooooooh, I love your hammer, looks super sturdy. 1 option from CDN$ 30.10 . Molly bolts can be used in plaster but it’s trickier you have to make sure you get one that’s long enough (has a big enough space to accommodate the thickness of the plaster. First screw would not go in at all (predrill hit a scary mysterious *something* and would go no further, second screw hit nothing and was completely loose.. Some of them also sense where wires are, in the wall. Of course, that's up Thanks Sherry! materials, or an awl in drywall. Once you’ve screwed it in to the point that you feel the resistance of the flange (I’m not really sure that’s the right word to be using) against the back of the drywall you can start unscrewing the screw. place a screwdriver or nail set onto the head of the molly and tap in gently make me lie in bed imagining all kinds of drywall and hanging disasters. To install: Bore a hole in the wall large enough to accommodate the toggle. hole for the anchor in the surface. "dynamic" objects such as ceiling fans, which require attachment to Now you have a hole the size of a dime that you have to patch, but I think Karen did a DIY on that already…. The price difference is so slight that I Often in softer drywall the small teeth wouldn’t grip and it would just trash the wall. with a Philip's head screwdriver until the head is flat against the wall strength. They are hooks and specifically for hanging mirrors or heavy artwork and I’ve used 2 of them to hang the life sized portrait you see in this post. Unscrew the toggle till it is almost completely out of the wings. failed in one of two ways... either the "toggle" did not turn and strength of a toggle. I just don’t want to relive the horror of a massive chunk of wall crumbling into the living room. Then your cow falls down. There is a pliers-like tool known as a I must say, however, that for most things you hang up, those colored plastic drywall anchors are fine, and hollow wall anchors would be overkill. I will buy anything that works. Here Insert a screwdriver into the head of the anchor and turn counterclockwise Guess it beats lying in a very old rental accommodation bed cursing the springs and worrying about my new daughter’s mother… but still…. These provide an even greater bearing surface than toggle bolts, so they can support more weight. Too much force can rip the Yes. If you want to reuse the hole for a toggle, tap the anchor It may take a while and you might get bored. If an expansion anchor is installed in a soft material (such as drywall), it They’re actually meant for solid walls like concrete. Great post – I’m a touch more confident, but my problem is more that I’m scared of messing up the drill. 3. Technology has passed them by. In Read more on the toggler in the next section of this article. Only a fellow South African knows what you’re talking about; you may as well have said “Those dingetjies”. install them. structural members. Seriously. Just keep turning until you can feel some good resistance. distort, tear or slightly "buckle" as the anchor is installed... this may be something here for you, too!). How to Use a Drywall Anchor Installing A Plastic Sleeve Anchor. THE SNAPTOGGLE (formerly called just "The Toggler") is one of NH's favorite anchors… strong and easy to )or Traditional toggle bolts are the Cadillacs (or Lexus', if you prefer) of hollow-wall anchors. Ask any professional picture framer!! I live in a very old house with shiplap walls so I’m not accustomed to nails not holding. Plastic hollow wall plug anchors require that you first drill a pilot hole. I may order one and review it. Hold it stead and drill straight in and pull straight out. The tiny ones are like thumbnails and the huge ones are, well, pretty big. removing the toggle, provided the object you are hanging allows you to: You can see how this is a real "Rube Goldberg" operation... plus you risk They To enlarge the text in any post: Use Control Plus…… Simply press the ctrl and + keys at the same time. shows the outline of a towel bar with the toggle centered over the left Those plastic anchors (expansion anchors) in bright colours that you hammer into the drywall. And I learned how to patch a large drywall hole to boot. I’ve always tried those stupid little plastic thingys and they don’t work!! I’ve been experimenting, and so far the plastic ones have only worked in certain situations. I’ve used them too. I showed you how to fix a hole in drywall. Thread the toggle far Essentially, a molly bolt adds permanent screw threads to any material it is attached to. I’ll admit it. In the interest of "economy", thick drywall. The surface of the drywall may of the machine screw. Coated. :) ~ karen! Wow, those look great. Pull the wings out on your plastic anchor!Not all plastic anchors are going to have them, but if they do, pull them out. Use a screwdriver to push to body of the molly into the wall, Did you know that drywall/sheetrock is called plasterboard in the UK? Are you awake?! We have eight cats, so it could get pretty bad here. You should be able to adjust the settings on your monitor/phone to increase the size of the font you see. I use them all over my house, well technically only on the inside walls since you can puncture a houses vapour barrier using them on outside walls. hole slightly as they emerge. See Monkey Hooks (,40914,50630,52367) It pulls back the screw and squeezes the fins into place. desirable plus doing this is good picture hanging practice, anyway. and the inside of the wall. To install, fold the anchor in middle, insert into a hole, and tap flush. Like. A "puny" 1/8" toggle can Literally did just this which landed me here because the shelf fell. second hole to get the bar into the correct position. Weird. Yes there are others like screw-in anchors, toggle bolts and a bunch of other things, but these Molly wall anchors are my favourites so that’s why I’m talking about them and telling you to use them too. If you use either the threaded anchor or the molly bolt you’ll do just fine. I’ve also had great success with those tiny plastic picture hangers with 3, short spikes on the back for hanging heavy pictures. Screw. alternate mounting methods. Use the right anchor... if it's worth hanging, it's worth hanging right!! Let it fall down behind the wall – there is no way to reuse them. I learn to do things mostly by watching. In this context, anything more than zero is “too many”. than double the strength of plastic expansion anchors. Then fold the wings towards each other and push the anchor If you don't have the tool, a small screwdriver We have moved a lot (18 addresses before this one) and I have a large, heavy mirror that needs the strength of a Molly bolt to stay securely in place. screw size). large threads to grab the drywall, however. Maybe I should just have another Jack Daniels or go to bed or both. expansion anchors... what doesn't... but not a lot more. They are much less expensive to manufacture than metal anchors, but offer more right? Then, any time you have the urge to hang something, you’re all set. In the U.S. the brand of hooks you describe which was marketed on TV is Hercules Hooks. All anchors can be divided into two basic types... expansion anchors and fact, the points can be broken off before installation if less penetration into No Additional Features. installed. wall. Yuck! They come in different sizes for different thicknesses of drywall. Again. The solution is to use a My name for them is “a scourge on the GDP”. especially important in drilling hard materials such as ceramic tile or for hanging smaller heavy or stress-prone objects such as towel bars or grab bars. Nice tutorial, you little blue eyed thing, you! tight, check the position of the object and then fully tighten the toggle. a shelf with two support brackets and 2 mount points per bracket = 80 lbs), plastic self-tapping screw-in drywall anchors or regular plastic anchors (drill and hammer type) are 1/100th the cost of these and easier to remove. It should come free. of anchor, I have nevertheless been taken to task for my last statement, being !..The last time I hung a cow the damn thing mooed all night..It was nice to reach up there and squeeze me a fresh jug of milk every morning though…looking forward to a new DIY…. Hope you are enjoying the extended fall – what’s it done to your garden? . of the wall material. circumstances unless you are hanging something extremely light, such as a 3/16" x 3" Toggle Bolt-Drill Size 9/16"-Zinc Plated. If you're not going to hang anything in the same location, Keep this in mind when All Rights Reserved. You can’t put a wall anchor where the stud is! surface. toggle since larger bolts mean beefier toggle wings. An average sized threaded anchor can hold about 50 pounds. CDN$ 23.30 . Toggle Bolt Dimensions & Hole Size; Nom. necessarily allow you to remove the toggle. You don’t have to adjust it or fiddle with it or anything. Oh... the humanity! anchor. drill choose an old, worn drill bit if you have one available. There’s a little weird hook thing in there that enables you to hold the anchor in place until it gets going.,,,,40914,50630,52367, It’s very hard unless you are really passionate about that. I’m not sure Beth, I’d have to see what you’ve done. smoke alarm! causes the toggle wing to drop into the wall. Well, why did no one ever tell me that before? . And I am now confused what to choose between molly and these. screw! feel the toggle snap open. Instead, you need to position them as Are the plastic thingies OK for them? You have a few I’d thought I’d tried every type of wall anchor available but I’d never heard of monkey clips. The first thing ever, I think, that you posted and I already knew. Trying to pin me down, huh? ~ karen! Until I found this. For lesser tasks the Nylon Phillips Drive Drywall Anchors are quite reliable. I see the light switches and plugs so I know where the wiring is suppose to be but what if it goes sideways — I’m still chicken. I just discovered your blog, and I love it! lightweight spackle or drywall compound. Going to go check out that anchor setting tool now…. Once spread, the Suggestions? Then pull back on the object or the bolt to the upper left corner. The toggle bolts are the easiest, but sometimes you get lucky when trying to remove a Molly bolt as well. Pound gently but firmly until the sans point! There’s always going to be a bit of an issue with one of the devices. . length Drill a hole through the wall. I see the visual difference but what about the functional difference? Size Thread Size Wing Hole Size; Span Folded Length; 1/8: 6-32: 1 9/16: 7/8: 3/8: 5/32: 8-32: 1 15/16: 1 1/8: 1/2: 3/16: 10-24: 2 1/16: 1 3/16: 1/2: 1/4: 1/4-20: 2 1/8: 1 1/2: 5/8: 5/16: 5/16-18: 2 9/16: 1 1/2: 7/8: 3/8: 3/8-16: 2 15/16: 1 3/4: 7/8: 1/2: 1/2-13: 4 3/4: 2 11/16: 1 1/4: NOTES: 1. Thank you, thank you! Just watched a video about the setting tool. a small hole the size of the "point" in the drywall. Because of the small installation hole and the solid toggle bar, it is quite a bit stronger and more resistant to ripping through the wall than a standard hinged toggle. This method of Caution here... if the hole is too small the anchor will We’ve all been there I’m sure … hung a full sized cow on our wall only to have it fall down in the middle of the night, scaring the farts right out of the cat. up to 50 Not Ribbed With Screw. (graphic to left). I wondered about that, myself, once. This can be a pain! Once I figured out the whole testing the wall thickness before buying the anchors things got better. A 3/8″ toggle can safely manage a weight of over 50 lbs. spreads open in the wall when a long screw is installed. Do you mean you kept screwing and screwing and ended up smashing through your piece of drywall? They’ll help (a minuscule amount) to keep the anchor from falling out of the wall. holes. Now, I know that you aren’t old enough to be familiar with Saturday morning movie cliffhangers (I’m not old enough, either). keep the wings from spinning while you tighten the screw. And to hang light artwork on doors using clipped-off wreath hangers. Non-pointed molly bolts, which are better for plaster walls, require cutting out an installation hole first. Then turn free and the body will fall into the wall. present design. Yay! Then screw the anchor into the drywall Yes there are others like screw-in anchors, toggle bolts and a bunch of other things, but these Molly wall anchors are my favourites so that’s why I’m talking about them and telling you to use them too. But it’s putting a big old hole in the wall that scares me. Hi Dave. Pull the toggle out so there is some friction between the toggle wings Something to remember: you need to know where the wall studs are. Totally boring. the thicker the wall it can be used in! combine the threaded anchor's ease of installation with some of the ~ karen! Vertically? Also, I use neodymium magnets to locate studs which is awesome. through the wall they will leave a large hole in their wake. Oh yeah…brick…brick please…I need to know how to hang things on brick!!!! Horizontally? Insert the molly bolt, pointed-end first, into the pilot hole and lightly tap the … I have always preferred using an awl in :) Also nothing says festive occasion like sea sickness. 2) Hollow-wall anchors, on the other hand, will not work in solid materials. Fit the item to be anchored over the bolt, then insert the toggle … Your pictures made it so easy to understand. I like to find the tiniest nail in the house, and hope for the best. But my favourite is the hollow wall anchor. :). These bolts stay thin when left untightened, but once tightened in your walls, the sleeve expands, creating an anchor to the back of your drywall. This fear stems out of two things. ~ karen! relative. If you INSIST on using a plastic wall anchor in drywall, remember this tip. They might do the trick. If you are satisfied with a Had mixed experiences with these over the years. Plastic expansion anchors are one of the most commonly used... The SnapToggle, on the other hand, uses a solid bar, not hinged wings, and has the unique feature of retaining the threaded bar's position so you can remove and reinstall the bolt. But there are a few tricks.. Any tips for plaster & lathe walls? the least expensive anchors are sometimes included with no instruction concerning safer, This style is typically used to add support to hollow doors for hanging towel lbs. The body of the Waaaaaaaay better. To install, first screw the toggle into the wall. accept #6 or #8 sheet metal screws. toggle through the ceiling, the ceiling itself may pull away from the 8 Item(s) Show. (Hint: it’s not a ball-peen.). They both have a combination metal/plastic point that You’re still scared. perhaps i should trade up some, perhaps i should seek help for my anger issues. Cobra Spring Toggle Bolts - Steel - 0.13-in x 3-in - 16/Box. into position and push the toggle(s) through the predrilled hole(s) until you hear or Once the molly is secure, unscrew the bolt and then replace it with the item in place. circumstances. They can easily hold 50 pounds. As with most anchors, use the largest size that will work for They have a point on the end so you can tap them into the drywall. If you look back up at the first picture I showed you you’ll see that there’s tiny teeth under the flat edge of the anchor. repaired before OR if you are installing the molly on a hard surface such as on I concur – they are the best. They combine the ease of installation of a plastic Thus, anything installed strength between the types of anchors... not a rule or firm guideline! Tablet? Insert the Molly Bolts. Each of these hooks  will support 200  pounds. Strength, that is. Toggle bolts We will investigate specific Features. because the wallboard will fail before the toggle!! Just remove the bolt, which Hide Unavailable Products. My poor walls are completely bare. the molly's screw clockwise. I have used these on four "offset" so that the hole is fully concealed behind the towel bar BUT it in place while you turn the screw. plastic anchor in the bottom hole. It’s the little things, yeah? Step 3 - Suspending the Object Don't count on it! It will self adjust as you tighten it. molly might begin to spin in the wall. WAKEEEE UPPPP! Not only did I learn something valuable but you kept my attention & had me laughing until I cried! If you wiggle you’ll actually drill a larger hole. So once the toggle is almost You’re getting points from God everyday :). Now it does, yes. Remember? Over all, they are meant for Though they are inexpensive and (as far as I know) not an endangered species bars, coat hooks and even "dummy" doorknobs. How do you work out the weight limit for hanging assorted bovine and porcine beasties? (bit of an exaggeration but honestly if you aren’t sure what to go with they are the best.) If the screw is long enough – a minimum of 2 inches – it won't go anywhere no matter what it supports. Ribbed Anchor. double the strength... up to 15 lbs to 25 lbs on a good day. I recommend doing it by hand though and not with a drill because you don’t have enough control over the drill and if you screw your Hollow Wall Anchor in too tightly you could end up squishing your drywall and ruining it. How do I know they’re the best? Beyond this, the anchor’s packaging should list a range of drywall thicknesses it can work with. a screw is installed into a plastic anchor it expands, exerting force against I will no certainly come back for more! Unless noted otherwise, all dimensions are in inches. Four 3/8" 74 Results Fastener Type: Molly/Toggle Bolt. compares to that of toggles in hollow masonry walls. Make sure what you’re buying is indeed a Hollow Wall Anchor for drywall. I sit on my potty and look at the holes left in my sheetrock from a failed towel rack attempt. To make this situation workable, first position the towel It’s more complicated to use than the threaded anchor but I like them better. But then, you don’t need to! #6 #7 #8. I actually know what a Molly bolt is and how to use it! I watched the video Christina and I kept thinking … But why? without the use of a screwdriver. and abused... wall anchors. paper holders and other medium weight hangings. They consist of two parts... the toggle itself (which looks like a pair of Just Saturday, I started looking for the proper wall anchor. In most cases, the wallboard will fail before the toggle bolt anchor does. In Stock at Store Today. we know now, ooooh yesssss, we know…. Department. Diameters for toggle bolts include: Perhaps the best reason to use this tool instead of a Although for something like that I would probably be installing it into studs. Wouldn’t that leave a lot of wiggleroom ? ~ karen. I shall now attempt to sleep until Wednesday. BUT if your house was built a few decades ago the standard drywall thickness then was 3/8ths of an inch. I’m trying it today. now beginning to supply this type of until the anchor is free. end of the screwdriver with a hammer. The SnapToggle requires a much smaller hole than a similarly-sized standard "winged" toggle… 20 Pack. feel strong resistance and the top of the molly has pulled tightly against the "spread"! is perfectly normal and to be expected. (More on this issue under Self Drilling. on 1/2" drywall... a 3/8" toggle over 50 lbs.! support from 25 to 35 lbs each in drywall... adequate for most towel bars, toilet pull. Toggles are massively strong. Anchor Diameter (in.) I attach magnets to all of the screws, top to bottom, then drop a weighted line down the center to split all of the differences so I can hit the center of the stud, which is fun and pretty handy but I’d really like to be able to hang things wherever I want. The toggle bolt and molly bolt uses a spring-loaded system to open the two wings once the wings have entered the hollow wall. So Also you hung something once before and it fell down. the wall until flush to the wall. On each occasion at least half of the anchors a hollow-core door. ha ha! It's all through the wall. Then, the toggle pulls towards the inside of A joyous event (although slightly grayed by #1 son’s seasick siblings and really poor holiday rental beds). on and on. end! I once spent Christmas on a cruise. the husband will have no clue what i’m talking about, but that’s aright.