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WHAT IS THE BEST ANCHOR FOR HANGING TOWEL BARS AND PICTURES?

Posted by bill on January 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Finding the best anchor to hang a towel bar may not seem to take much thought until you step out of the shower to grab your towel and the thing rips clean off the wall. There is a pretty easy solution to this problem, that's picking out the right anchor in the first place. We are talking about hanging pictures or towel bars on drywall or late plaster. The earlier plaster had wood lath behind it and will hold a drywall screw pretty well. If you are lucky enough to have both ends of your towel bar 16 inches apart you may be able to hit two studs which would be preferable. Not likely. So we are going to cover 4 different types of anchors for drywall and they are found in the hardware department of your local home improvement store:


For a long time the Ribbed Plastic Anchor was one of the only options for hanging things without hitting a stud.They are very inexpensive. They hold pretty good as long as you make your hole tight to the anchor. Too big, and you may find they just turn when you are trying to turn in your screw. They are really only made to hold about 5 lbs.  



This I believe is one of the greatest inventions of our modern era. Ok, well for hanging towel bars and pictures at least they are. The plastic Ez Anchor actually screws right into the drywall. You just poke the point thru the drywall, put a Phillips screw driver in the head and turn clockwise until it is flush with the wall. Then mount whatever you want with the matching screw provided turning it into the plastic Ez Anchor, and you have something strong enough to hold 35 to 50 Lbs. The big downside is if you hit a wood stud it will bend over and its shot. I never mind if that happens, you can just put the screw right into the stud which is best anyhow.



The Zinc Ez Anchor is pretty much the same as the plastic Ez Anchor with two exceptions. The Zinc Ez Anchor can hold closer to the 50 Lbs, The other advantage is you can actually screw the anchor right into a stud if you hit one.


The last, but not least one is the steel anchor. The steel anchor has been around a long time. It will hold the most amount of weight. The literature says 1 Lbs. But I know they hold a lot more than that. Once they are installed, the only way they are coming out is if you tear out a big chunk of drywall. They are used on plant hooks,Industrial lighting and to secure and over the oven microwave to the wall. The biggest downside to the steel toggle is you have to make a hole big enough to get the closed toggle thru. This can be inconvenient if you are installing something that will show the hole after-wards.

Hope it Helped.

Good Luck,

Will




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