Many years ago, drywall anchors were good for little more than hanging a picture or installing a light duty shelf in drywall. However, over the last several years drywall anchors have been made much stronger and sturdier and now are a reliable fastener type that is much safer, stronger and more dependable. Heavy duty drywall anchors can now used for projects that you would never consider with drywall. Here are some of the advantages of using heavy duty drywall anchors.
Strongest Type of Fastener for Drywall
Heavy duty drywall anchors are usually made of galvanized steel. This means that they are considerably stronger than standard plastic drywall anchors or even wood screws. The design of the anchors allows them to fully expand behind the drywall surface and firmly lock in the drywall between the surface of the anchor and the locking blade on the rear of the piece. When tightly compressed, even drywall is very strong. Therefore, a heavy duty drywall anchor results in the strongest possible fastener for this type of wall surface.
Self Tapping Means No Pre-Drilling
Almost all heavy duty drywall anchors are self tapping. This means you can just simply screw them into the wall at the point where you want them installed. Using other types of drywall anchors or fasteners almost always requires that you pre drill or create a hole in the drywall before inserting the anchor. This will make your installations faster and also help you to avoid creating rips or tears in the drywall surface that will need to be repaired later.
Easy to Paint and Hide
Because heavy duty drywall anchors can be countersunk into drywall, they are easily covered over with putty and hidden with paint. If you have ever used a plastic drywall anchor, you know that hiding the eyesore in the drywall can be difficult at best. Therefore, using heavy duty drywall anchors will help make your installations not only stronger, but much more attractive and professional looking as well.
Perfect for Shelving Brackets
If you are using L-brackets or another type of angled bracket to install shelving on a drywall surface wall, there is no better fastener to use than a heavy duty drywall anchor. The flat surface of an L-bracket is a perfect match and mate for the locking blade on the rear of a heavy duty drywall anchor.
When the drywall anchor is inserted into the wall through the L-bracket for the shelf, the drywall is sandwiched in between the flat surfaces of the locking blade on the heavy duty drywall anchor and the flat surface on the L-bracket. This creates a very tight and secure grip on the drywall that makes the compressed tensile strength of the drywall the weakest point. Unless the shelf is pulled very forcibly from the wall, the heavy duty drywall anchor should be able to support more weight than other types of fasteners when used with shelving brackets.