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All of them aren't bad until you try them on an exterior wall of a CBS home where the drywall is mounted to the block with 1/2 inch furring strips. It's really great when you think you have 3/4" and don't such that those screw in types hit the block and you wind up with a hole instead of an anchor. This actually works out because the next step is to cut out a section of drywall and tapcon a 1/2" piece of plywood to the block which serves to hold real screws for whatevee you were trying to hang in the first place as well as the piece of drywall you'll be using to patch the hole.

On the one hand, I hate hanging things from drywall. On the other hand, I've gained some good patching and texture matching skills.

The problem I have with toggles, and the anchor comparision video posted above bears this out, is only the screw really has any bearing with a vertical load on a wall. If you tighten them down too much, then the backer first crushes the gypsum then starts to cut the paper.

The overall issue isn't that the anchor are garbage, but that drywall just isn't a great material to hang much more than pictures and posters on.
 
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The overall issue isn't that the anchor are garbage, but that drywall just isn't a great material to hang much more than pictures and posters on.


I concur. If the 3M command strips won't hold it, I'm using a wood or lag screw into a stud - If the spacing is off, she deal with it or it's staying on the floor. Smile
 
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Ok, here's a stupid question. If you use the Togglers, do you hang the picture directly on the toggle or do you still need the old nail and hook?
If so, how do you attach the nail and hook to the toggler? Or does the toggler stick out enough from the wall to hang the picture wire on it instead of being flush with the wall? I'm a newbie with this sort of thing.
 
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Not a stupid question at all. Most of these drywall anchors require you to tighten the screw to work which won't leave any portion of the screw available to hang a wire on. I can't find a picture of one, but there are hangers made with holes in them that you put the drywall anchor screw through and then tighten the screw. These anchors are really for things like towel bars, shelves, toilet paper holders, etc. There are nail based picture hangers that work fine.
 
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anything with real weight needs to be in a stud or in blocking. Screw a sheet of plywood to your studs and then you can screw anywhere you want into that. Paint the plywood to match drywall or use some stained boards if you want that look.



I'm gonna vote for the funniest frog with the loudest croak on the highest log.
 
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