How do Plastic Anchors Work?

For hanging framed paintings and audio speakers on drywall, plastic anchors are one of the greatest inventions ever. They prevent damage to your interior walls by supporting hung objects. Learn about how different types of plastic anchors work below.

Drywall Anchors

Install these into your drywall by making a start hole smaller than your screw diameter. You need not drill the hole; just tap in a finishing nail about 1/2 inch deep, and carefully extract it. Place the anchor into the hole and put the screw point into it. As you insert the screw, the anchor will be pushed into the wall. Some of these anchors can hold up to 60 pounds.

Drill Point Plastic Anchors

The small teeth on these anchors cling to drywall and other wall coverings. You can put the screw and anchor into the wall at the same time through a small pilot hole. Be sure to turn the screw until the anchor top is flush with the wall.

Drive Point Plastic Anchors

This plastic anchor type can go directly into the wall without the need for a pilot hole. Prongs on the back of the anchor extend inside the wall, providing a broad-diameter support area for the screw. Loosen the screw 1 or 2 turns to hang up the object.