how to reinforce anchors in drywall


Old 01-01-10, 07:10 PM
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Question how to reinforce anchors in drywall

I am hanging curtains and when I screwed the bracket into the drywall, using the anchors provided, the brackets still are pulling away from the drywall. Is there anything I can put in the pre-drilled holes to reinforce the anchors in the drywall? Thanks for any guidance, I'm at a loss
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Old 01-02-10, 12:58 AM
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Hi Anna, not my specialty, which means I struggle with problems like this just like you, but there may just be a better anchor to use. Can you describe the ones you used? I know sheetrock is a very poor material to anchor to, so I try to use the ones that lock behind the sheetrock. So how heavy are the curtains and what anchor did they provide?

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It sounds like you made the holes too big. Buy larger anchors & matching screws.
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I assume you're using "regular" plastic anchors.Once those become loose your only option is a larger anchor,no material will actually reanchor them.Some drywall just won't hold them very well.

There are a number of other types of wall anchors that do not need to hold inside a drilled hole to function.An easy similar anchor is the type that is screwed into the drywall and a screw inserted into it.There are a variety of others including types that hold significantly more weight but also require larger holes.

Go to a real hardware store with knowledgeable sales help who can show you the available choices and instruct you on how to use them.
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I'm guessing you have the little plastic expansion anchors, which will usually pull out of drywall when hanging curtains. To go along with what the others have said, there are better types of anchors to use. Threaded drywall anchors work well for many items but if the item being hung has much weight (curtains usually want to pull OUT and downward) then you need something that anchors behind the drywall. A large winged drywall anchor, molly bolt, or toggle bolt.
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