How do I select the right anchor for my application?


There’s an anchor for everything and every type of surface. Whether you’re hanging artwork on drywall or shelves on masonry, you can find an anchor that will securely hold your objects for years to come. In this video, we’ll tell you what you need to know to select the right anchor for your job.


There are so many kinds of anchors. And so many different applications. So how do they work and which one is right for you?⇥First, anchors can be used to hang everything from light fixtures to shelves, from mirrors to art and from smoke detectors to curtain rods. There’s an anchor for every size and every weight. But just as important as the size and weight of the object you’re hanging, is the type of surface you’re hanging it on.⇥Drywall, plaster, brick and concrete can all withstand different weights. Denser material – like concrete – can handle heavier items than something less dense – like drywall.⇥Speaking of drywall, plastic hollow wall plugs are usually a good choice for both drywall and plaster when you’re not able to anchor a screw into a stud.⇥Threaded anchors are good for slightly heavier objects, such as shelving units and closet organizers.⇥For medium-to-heavy-duty applications, try a molly bolt. They have wings that expand when inserted into the wall to give you extra support. They’re good for heavier artwork and for solid shelving.⇥Toggle bolts also expand and are great for very heavy objects like mirrors and bookshelves. They can also be used to hang things from the ceilings.⇥No matter what anchor you choose, measure before your holes are drilled and your anchors are sunk. This keeps your wall attractive with fewer holes, but also maintains the integrity and strength of your wall, since the wall weakens with every hole you drill.⇥Measure twice. Drill once. And always ask an associate at your local Westlake Hardware if you have questions about which fastener is right for your project. We’re here to help.


Shopping List

  • Anchors
  • Cordless Drill
  • Drill Bit Set
  • Hammer (Depending Upon Type of Anchor)
  • Screws (If Needed)
  • Screwdriver (If Needed)
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