I need to put up a couple of things like a towel rail and a curtain rail in
my son's flat. The wall seems to be plasterboard and behind that there's
about a 20mm gap and then I think it's breeze block. I got a pack of
plasterboard plugs which need a 6mm hole and have a sort of double prong
which opens up behind the plasterboard.. The pack says they are for light
use and I'm thinking they might not be up to the job. I've seen some bigger
fixings which have a very big spiral thread which are screwed in. Would they
be stronger? Or is there any other recommended way of fixing things?
The metal 'RediDrivas' (big spiral thread jobbies) are quite good - but not
really suitable for heavy loads.
Screwfix do a 'Heavy Duty' version http://tinyurl.com/2eqcpo but I've
haven't tried these. They *may* be ok.
My own preference is to cut a 1" hole in the plasterboard, and to use a long
screw going into the brick/blockwork, with a suitable spacer made out of 1"
dowelling (or broomstick). You can then get a solid fixing without squeezing
the plasterboard towards the blocks.
I think your description of the first fixing is these ?
They would be fine for the towel rail, they give a surprisingly strong fix.
The second description seems to be these
These are faster to install & IME give a stronger fixing than the nylon
The strongest plasterboard fixings IME are these
Curtain rails can be a problem with heavy curtains. It depends on the
design of the bracket & how many fixings per bracket. If the bracket
fixings holes are close together you will only be able to use the nylon
plugs (first link).
Dave - The Medway Handyman
They look good! Must try them next time I need to fix stuff to plasterboard.
Presumably the associated setting tool squeezes the back bit up by pulling
on the screw-head, avoiding the need to wind it up with a screwdriver?
I always fix a batten on the wall, and then screw the brackets onto that.
That spreads the load and is far better than individual point fixings into
the wall. If you use a pelmet, it doesn't even show.
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