How to Install Plasterboard Fixings

What You'll Need
Drill bits
Masking tape
Stud finder
Plasterboard fixing (appropriate for the application)
Tape measure

Plasterboard fixings should be used on ceilings or walls made up of plasterboard. Any other type of fixings should not be utilized when attaching something to this type of board since the wall made of plasterboard is relatively soft. Using inappropriate fixings will just create big holes on the wall, which will subsequently destroy it. There are a wide range of plasterboard fixings to choose from but determining which one to use will depend on the following: thickness of the plasterboard installed, cavity depth behind the plasterboard, permanency of the fixing, and type of application or the thickness of the fixture. Although it may seem that installing plasterboard fixings are jobs better left to carpenters, anybody can actually do it. Here are the steps on how you can attach plasterboard fixings on your wall.

Step 1 – Finding the Location of the Existing Wall Stud

Fixings should be installed in areas where a wall stud is not attached on the other side of the wall. It is then important to locate these spots where the studs are found. Do this with the use of the stud finder and mark each of the stud's location using a masking tape.

Step 2 – Determine the Size of the Material

In order to appropriately position the fixings on the plasterboard wall, make sure to identify first the size of the material. This will not only help you identify what kind of plasterboard fixing you will use but will also enable you to locate the right distance to install the fixings on the wall. 

Step 3 – Mark the Spot for the Fixing Installation

Once you have determined the size of the material, you can now find the same measurement on the wall. Always remember to locate the spot without a stud. Mark these spots as the point of installation for the fixings. You may use a masking tape for marking but a pencil mark will be more appropriate in designating the exact spot where you are going to drill.

Step 4 – Create the Fixing Hole

Although there are fixings which do not require pre-drilling for installation, most fixings need to have a hole for it to fit in, especially those fixings with flat tips. Using a drill, create a hole on your plasterboard wall just enough for the fixing to fit. Do not create a hole that is too deep, for the fixing may not attach to it rigidly.

Step 5 – Securing the Fixing To the Wall

Once you have your pre-drilled hole, insert the fixing to be used. Use a drill with variable speed or a screwdriver to drive the fixing deeper into the wall and to tighten it in place. Turn the fixing slowly deeper in place, until you feel it tighten. The fixing is now ready for use.