Hollow Wall Toggle Anchors
Plastic Toggle Anchors For Drywall, Sheet Rock, Gypsum, or Cinder Block
A one-piece, plastic anchor with a cylindrical body and two legs. The hole through the center of the body has ribs on the outside to hold the anchor in place during installation.
This anchor is installed by pre-drilling its hole and then inserting it into the hole, lightly hammering it until it is flush with the surface. When a tapping screw is driven into the toggle, the legs collapse, forming a tongue. As the screw is driven through the body, it pulls in and expands the legs, gripping the blind side of the hollow wall and securing the anchor in place.
Plastic toggles are intended for light-weight duty in hollow walls (wallboard or plaster), i.e., drapery rods, junction boxes, soap dishes, towel bars, etc. The anchor remains in place even after the screw is removed.
How much weight can drywall anchors hold?
This will vary based on the size and type of anchor and the thickness of the wall you are installing the anchor into. Most anchors will specify a maximum working load for safe operation, while others may specify shear or tensile strength. Most drywall anchors' actual working load can range from 20lbs to 50lbs or more, depending on the application. You'll generally want the load of your application less than the working load for a secure installation. You can find specifications on our hollow wall anchors on their respective pages.
How do you toggle drywall anchors?
The toggle action for drywall anchors occurs when a screw is fastened into the anchor. This fastening action triggers the anchor to toggle and secure itself on the blind side of the drywall.
Can hollow wall anchors be removed?
They aren't intended to be removed, but they still can be. The method of removing hollow wall anchors usually involves punching it through the wall to fall into the hollow side and patch the hole up. This method will differ depending on the exact hollow wall anchor that's being used.
What is a hollow wall anchor?
Hollow wall anchors are special anchors designed to be used in thin or hollow walls, such as drywall, where simple screws or nails won't be enough to support the weight of the wall hanging. If you want to put up a small, light-weight painting, something as simple as thumbtacks may do. But if you want to install something more weighty, such as a TV, and there aren't any wall studs where you want to put said TV, that kind of situation would call for using a hollow wall anchor.