How to Use Self Drilling Wall Anchors

What You'll Need
Motorized Drill
Self Drilling Wall Anchors

When it comes time to hang thing from the walls of your home, whether it be a TV or simply photographs is large picture frames, you will find that you are going to need some wall anchors in order to assist you in your task. Wall anchors do just what they are named for.  They are inserted into the wall and act as secure points to either attach screws nails. They help increase the strength of your nails and screws, and help them hold the weight of various objects. An added benefit of the wall anchors is that you are not going to be drilling your screw directly into the wall itself and thus creating the possibility of striping the secure wall matter away.

Step 1 – Mark Your Points

As with all projects, it is important to be as prepared as possible for the task at hand. After you have secured all the necessary materials, you need to decide where you are going to be drilling your holes. Make sure to make your measurements exact so that you don’t end up drilling and making more holes into your walls then is necessary. 

Step 2 – Pre-Drill Your Holes

Once your measurements and markings are made, be sure to pre-drill a very small hole into the wall. This will make drilling the self-drilling wall anchor a very easy task for you. Drill in only about a quarter of an inch into your dry wall and then remove the screw.

Step 3 – Ready Your Self-Drilling Wall Anchor

You will notice that self-drilling wall anchors are simply screws that have a plastic coating that appears to cover it. When you drill into the wall, the plastic coating is actually drawn back and creates a large hold in the wall itself. This secures the nail into place. Now make sure that you have properly aligned your self-drilling wall anchor with the hole that you are going to be driller. 

Step 4 – Drill Through Your Dry Wall

Now with everything set, simply use your motorized drill and drill the wall anchor through your wood. Make sure that it goes all the way through. Once the top of the screw becomes flush with the wall, continue to drill. This will cause the plastic coating on the backside of the screw to pull away and to fill the hole that you have just created. This secures your screw in place and will hold it much longer than had you simply drilled using a plain screw.

One of the greatest benefits from using a self-drilling wall anchor is that you are going to save a lot of time when it comes time to do a large amount of drilling. If you were to not use a self-drilling wall anchor, you would find that first you would have to drill in a regular anchor, and then have to drill in a second screw through the wall into the anchor itself. While this task may only take 30 seconds to complete, it is still 30 seconds that you have wasted. Using a self-drilling wall mount, you are merely had to drill one time and one time only and then you are finished.