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Must install something to wall, no stud available - What is best technique?

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Must install something to wall, no stud available - What is best technique?

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I have a broom closet in which I store the central vacuum cleaner's hose. The hose is intended to be supported by a hook that came with the kit. However, the hook needs to be attached to the wall using two screws. There doesn't seem to be any studs in the wall at the only available and logical place for installation, so I tried screwing the thing in the wall anyway, but
of course, it didn't hold very long. I will repair the holes, but... How can I secure the thing to the wall knowing I don't have any stud available? Small blue harpoon-like plastic thingies seem not strong enough for this purpose, tried them already. Thanks.
 
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Old 11-25-12, 11:30 AM
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I have three choices that would work well. Both available in small quantities from most hardware centers as well as places like the Depot.

Top one is a toggle bolt
Second one is a Toggler.
Third is an expansion molly
 
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Old 11-25-12, 11:31 AM
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E-Z Ancor screws right into the drywall, then you can put a screw in it.



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Old 11-25-12, 11:51 AM
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Another option is to take a 1x piece of wood and attach it to the studs, and then attach the hanger to the wood.
 
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Thank you guys, I will have a look at those products and definitely will try one of them. I'll come back later this week with the results . Your advices are much appreciated.
 
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If you go with Tolyns one-by suggestion the studs will be in the corner. I like to do the screws at a slight angel to be sure I get a good grip in the stud and am not too close to the end of the board. The nice thing about the one-by is you can use it for other things you might want to hang.
 
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My vote is for the EZ anchor type for your application. They are super easy and quick to install and hte only tool needed is a Phillips screwdriver.

Look on the package for the the weight rating.
 
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A vacuum hose is pretty heavy....I don't think the EZ anchor will do it,
 
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That would have to be one heavy hose. Depending on which size you buy, they are rated for either 50 or 75 lbs.
 
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Old 11-25-12, 05:23 PM
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If it was 5/8" sheetrock it would be no prob. Just not enough bite in 1/2" rock. I use them all the time. Quick and easy.
 
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Hi guys.

Yes hose is pretty heavy.

Tried the E-Z and works fine after a week. Seems solid like rock for now. I'll give feedback if it ever comes off.

Thanks for the advice.
 
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Old 12-04-12, 06:35 PM
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Sounds good. It probably would loosen up if the object that is being anchored is yanked or otherwise abused. I think as long as you're careful taking the hose on and off of the hook it will last quite a while. If it does fail, a toggle bolt would work well in its place, since the toggle itself is inserted through a bigger hole.
 
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