•  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 Installation Tips


There’s no need to pre-drill a hole unless the drywall is very dense. E-Z Ancor® has a special drilling tip that creates the precise hole necessary for the anchor threads to cut into.

Do not punch (stab) the anchor into drywall as a starting procedure prior to installation. This will rupture the drywall below the surface, severely reducing the load performance of the anchor.

For dense or tough drywall, or drywall that has been painted heavily or wallpapered, pre-drill a 1/8" pilot hole to enable anchors to cut a clean hole without breaking or tearing the drywall surface around the installation hole. Avoid overdriving the anchor.

To prevent mounted items from wobbling on the wall or being otherwise shaky or unstable, ensure that the anchor head is flush with the drywall surface. Having a flush anchor allows the object to rest evenly and firmly against a larger area of the drywall, as opposed to resting solely on the head of an anchor that is raised from the drywall surface. This is a common issue with shelf bracket installations.

When installing a TOGGLE LOCK™ fastener, ensure that the arrows stamped on the head are pointing up and down when fully installed. This will ensure that the toggle bar flips vertically, avoiding any possible nearby wood studs that would interfere with the bar swinging out.

When using E-Z TOGGLE LOCK™ or any toggle to mount shelf brackets that have a U-shaped channel, it is optimal for the toggle clamp or wings to straddle the bracket channel at a 90-degree angle. You can achieve this with E-Z TOGGLE LOCK™ by ensuring that the stamped arrows on the anchor head point across, as opposed to up and down. When tightening, this will prevent the toggle clamp from pulling forward through the drywall and into the bracket channel recess.

STUD SOLVER® works great with wood studs, as well as with drywall alone. Wood studs, however, have varying degrees of density, depending on where they were produced. The tighter the grain pattern in the stud, the greater the density. If a STUD SOLVER® fastener breaks or snaps when a stud is encountered, chances are you have a dense stud. In such a case, pre-drill a 1/4" pilot hole and complete the installation.

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