Self Drilling Wall Anchors vs Regular Anchors

If you need to use some wall anchors on a project, then you may be torn between the possibilities of using a self-drilling wall anchor, or trying to use a regular anchor. The latter are very popular, and a much more convenient way of placing your anchors and connecting them to the wall. A relative amateur can fit the self-drilling drywall anchors into the wall without having to use a precise drilling technique and making mistakes along the way. Traditional wall anchors also have advantages, so if you are torn between the two types, then knowing a little bit more about them can help you to get the most from your anchoring device.

Self-Drilling Wall Anchors

New technology allows you to fit a self-drilling anchor into the wall without needing to use any of the home improvement skills which you would have to use with the ones which need to be hand-drilled. These kinds of anchors use sharp threads, which means that they can cut through the wall with just a gentle tap from a hammer. This avoids long periods of drilling before you can fit the anchors, meaning that  you can install screws into the holes more quickly, and complete your project in less time than before. Some self-drilling wall anchors also allow you to just push the screw into place, rather than using a screwdriver, so if you are in a hurry, there are plenty of reasons for using the self-drilling wall screws. However, there are some negative aspects to these anchors that may mean that you decide to use the regular anchors instead.

Regular Anchors

Despite there appeal, there are still some problems with most types of self-drilling anchor that means you may decide to use the traditional anchor after all. The major problem is the self-drilling's ability to hold itself to the wall, particularly if it is holding up some screens or blinds. Most screws which have the sharp threading necessary to screw themselves into the wall can also chop up the drywall after installation, and then pop out. If you have fitted something important using self-screwing anchors, then they may come under strain and pop out more often, and you will have to re-insert them in another part of the wall. This can become annoying, so that you may end up gluing the anchors to the wall. Regular anchors, on the other hand, take more effort to drill into the wall, but are less likely to emerge after you have installed them. Using self-drilling anchors on projects such as blinds, door frames, or other pieces that see a lot of use can end up making more work for yourself. In cases like these, the best solution is to use a regular anchor, and take the time to drill the holes out before you fit your screws.