DIY Handyman: Tips for Using the Correct Wall Fixings


To help all you budding handymen/handywomen in London and DIY enthusiasts out there, here is our handing guide to some of the different types of wall plugs and what you might use them for.

It doesn’t matter if you’re adding light fixtures, shelves or something heaviers like a mirror or a TV, you’ll want to make sure that item is secure to your wall. Otherwise you might find it falling and breaking and causing significant injury and/or damage. This is why, to make it as secure as possible, you need to use the correct wall fixings and plugs.

But there are so many types of wall fixings. Something like a set of shelves can come with its own wall plugs, but these might not be suitable for the particular wall you’re trying to fix them. There really is no one-size-fits all approach when it comes to wall plugs.

Keep in mind, these plugs can all be used for walls made of concrete, wood, breezeblock or stone and the one you choose will depend on what you would like to attach to your wall.

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The General-Purpose Wall Plug –

If you’re looking to add some wall plugs to your tool box that will work for a lot of the fixtures that you might want to attach to a wall, then the general-purpose wall plug should be top of the list. Not only will this plug work with many wall types, it will work very well with anything that is light.

Just remember, if you’re looking to attach something heavier such as a large mirror or shelves that will hold other heavy things, this wall plug is not safe or strong enough.

The Cavity Fixing Wall Plug –

If you need to attach something to say a plasterboard wall or hollow wooden doors, it makes sense to use a wall fixture that will give extra strength to a material that can splinter or crack easily. To do this, your wall plug will fan out, giving a more even distribution of weight.

These plugs will take a moderate weight; however, anything too heavy will risk breaking the wall or door you’re attaching to.

The Plasterboard Wall Plug –

If you’re looking to add a light load to a plasterboard wall – such as a wall light or a key holder – you could use a plasterboard wall plug. Like other wall plugs, this cannot take anything other than light loads, so be careful with what you plan to use with it.

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The Hammer Fixing Wall Plug –

In order to get smooth walls, many of us have a layer of plasterboard over our walls. This can then be painted or covered in wallpaper. When it comes to adding photo frames or pictures to these walls, though, it can be hard to just nail into the plasterboard.

This is where your hammer fixing wall plug comes in, as this allows you to nail into the wall behind, providing more strength than just fixing to the plasterboard.

The (Heavy Duty) Cavity Fixing Wall Plug –

When it comes to adding heavier loads to your walls, you need a heavy-duty wall plug such as this cavity fixing one. This wall fixture is ideal for wall cabinets, coat racks and especially shelves where you plan to add a lot of weight on top.

The Shield Anchor Wall Plug –

Sometimes, though, we want to fix something really heavy to our walls that needs to be safe or secure. For instance, a fancy TV or music system – the last thing you want is for either of these to fall and break. For these items, you should consider the shield anchor wall plug, which is very strong and secure.

Wall plugs and fixings can feel complicated at first, however, the more you use and familiarise yourselves with the different options, you’ll find that you know exactly what plug you need without even thinking! And if it gets too much, you can also pull in the experts by calling TMT Central for all your general handymen needs.

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