wall plugs . max load


Old 04-06-06, 10:22 AM
Andy Beet
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
wall plugs . max load


Does anyone know what the recommended maximum load you can apply to drywall wall plugs?

I want to hang a heavy mirror and thought i'd better find out if it is likely to stay on the wall!!!!

Old 04-06-06, 10:54 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 47,917
Received 383 Votes on 339 Posts
It would be better to hang it off of a stud, would hate for it to crash to the floor

Toggle bolts hold more than those plastic anchors which hold better than just screwing to the rock. As for your question - I don't know but attaching to a stud is best for anything with weight.
Old 04-06-06, 11:52 AM
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 1,957
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I'd never put more than ten pounds on a plastic anchor.Even then I'd distribute the weight over two anchors if possible.Plastic anchors can also become loose in the drywall regardless of the weight on it.An alternative to toggle bolts are what is commonly referred to as a "molly bolt" or sometimes just hollow wall anchor.these require a smaller hole and in some cases less effort to install while still supporting substancial amounts of weight.Qualified help at a hardware store can help you to install wall anchors properly and pick out what you need for the job.Avoid big box stores.
Old 04-06-06, 07:34 PM
chandler's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 39,964
Received 6 Votes on 6 Posts
You could use EZ-Anchor-90's to hang your stuff with. It has a vertical sheer strength of 90 lbs. Hanging it from a stud is always best, but I have had superior luck with these babies when hanging paintings or mirrors that I don't want falling. They are available at your local big box or hardware stores.
Old 04-06-06, 09:03 PM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a

In the fastener industry there are basically two types of plastic drywall plugs. The first type is regular, the second type is ribbed. Generally speaking and excluding proprierty products regular plugs are commonly available in four lengths: 3/4" for #6&8 screws, 7/8" for #8&10 screws, 1" for #10&12 screws and 1 1/4" for #14&16 screws; and ribbed plugs are available in three lengths: 3/4" for #4,6&8 screws, 1" for #8&10 screws and 1 1/4" for #12&14 screws.

It is important to consider other issues besides the weight of the object when selecting a drywall plug. A) Ribbed plugs have much greater resistance to pullout than regular. B) The thickness of the drywall for example is also an important key because every plug has three sections; a point of sorts, an expanding or split body, and a collar. It's important to choose a plug that has a collar the same as or close to the thickness of the drywall. A plug with a 1/2" collar for example will not perform well in 1/4" drywall. C) That said it is very important to also understand that there are very many manufacturers, and many cheaply made inferior imported products, that vary greatly in resistance to pullout - even though they may very closely resemble each other. It's very, very important to read the back of the package or read the PDS (Product Data Sheet) in the box for the strengths and always stay away from plugs that are packaged without this information.

Old 04-07-06, 06:43 AM
Andy Beet
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
thanks guys.
This helps a lot

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: