Topics

•  The Ins and Outs of Drywall
•  Plugs vs. Anchors
•  Screw-In vs. Tap-In Anchors
•  Load Forces
•  Screw-In Preparation Tips
•  Screw-In Installation Tips
•  Application Tips
•  Wall Repair Tips
•  What's My Wall Made of?

Screw-In vs. Tap-In Anchors

Self drilling anchors are convenient to use regardless of physical form since they speed up an installation as compared to anchors that required a pre-drilled hole with a specific drill bit. To a professional or a Do-It-Yourselfer, time savings mean a lot! There are situations, however, where a certain type of installation method might be preferred.

In many cases a screw-in anchor might seem the easiest, since a screwdriver will not only handle drilling the anchor into the wall, but also the screw-into the anchor. This provides the simplicity of using just one tool.

In other situations, an installer may prefer using a hammer or may have physical limitations due to wrist strength or arthritis that may make screwing a larger anchor body into the wall very difficult, if not impossible. In this case, a hammer-in anchor is the right choice. Hammer motion requires little wrist strength and range of motion and therefore is the anchor choice for minimum installation effort.

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