When it comes to hanging pictures, many people simply get out the hammer, a nail, and start banging away. If this is you, then you may want to consider a few things like “the durability of the drywall”, “the weight of the picture”, “if you are hanging on a stud”, or “what will happen if you use the wrong type of nail”. If you don’t think of these things you can end up with a broken picture and a drywall repair job in your future. So, to save you time and money, here is what you need to know—consider drywall anchors.
Anchors come in many styles and strengths. Although this is the case; they are not all purpose nor can they be used with all surfaces. For example, an anchor that has strength enough to hold something to drywall may not be as strong to keep that same object on concrete…and vice versa. Also, don’t be fool by the fact that anchors, when install, feel as if they can hold an object on the wall for a long period. A mismatched anchor will lose its grip and eventually cause drywall damage and impact to whatever else is behind it.
So, I am sure that you are asking the question, “how much weight can an anchor hold?” My answer…It relatives on the what is being hung, the surface, the condition of the surface, and the anchor type. Can you hang a 22 lb. picture with a screw in a plastic expansion anchor if the weight tends to pull the anchor outward? Something to think about, right? Therefore, it’s important to know the types of drywall anchors available and how to use them.
Anchors are separated into two categories: expansion anchors and hollow wall anchors.
In contrast, hollow-wall anchors do not work well with solid materials. They are designed to be used on hollow walls and in thin materials. They have a unique way of spreading once inserted and cannot be pulled back through the hole. The strength of this type of anchor is proportional to the size of the "spread". This means if you are hanging something and want to avoid a drywall repair bills, then be sure to use an anchor with a very wide spread.
And, don’t worry…if you do end up damaging your walls, you can just as easy fix it yourself. Or, call your Baton Rouge Drywall Contractors for assistance.