Drywall Anchors - Heavy Duty Wall Anchors
Select a heavy duty drywall anchor from AFT Fasteners to attach objects such as picture frames or fixtures and make sure they stay put. The wall anchor will help to distribute the weight across a wider area, making it safer and more secure. Wall anchors are sold in bulk or small package quantities and are most commonly manufactured from nylon, plastic, steel or zamac alloy. When deciding on an wall anchor among the dozens of varieties on the market, it is essential to consider how much weight the anchor needs to support and the wall material that you are drilling into.
Wall Anchor Selection Guide
Nylon or plastic drywall expansion anchors, including Bantam plugs, Scru-lead anchors and Sharkie expansion wall anchors, are the most common type of wall anchors and come in a variety of styles and sizes. While commonly used, they are the weakest choice, suitable only for light loads when the force is applied perpendicular to the anchor. Plastic wall anchors should not be used in overhead applications or to secure heavy furniture to a wall as the anchor can pull loose.
Threaded, self-drilling drywall, or sheetrock, anchors are available in nylon, plastic and steel varieties. The large threads produce greater holding power in drywall and are less prone to work themselves loose over time. The Zip-It, EZ Twist and EZ-Ancor lines are typical self-drilling anchors.
Hollow wall anchors, also known as molly bolts, molly anchors and drive anchors, combine heavy duty holding power and clever design into a versatile drywall anchor screw that is easy to install. Manufactured from steel, hollow wall anchors consist of a machine screw threaded through a slotted metal sleeve. As the screw is tightened, the metal sleeve expands outward and collapses tightly against the back of the wall, disbursing the load across a larger area and holding the anchor firmly in place. The machine screw can be removed and re-inserted without altering the effectiveness of the anchor.