Plasterboard fixings- The good, the bad and the useless!
Plasterboard fixings- The good, the bad and the useless!

I’ve got a selection of plasterboard or drywall fixings here some of these work better than others some of these are very good other ones absolutely useless so I’m going to demonstrate each of these and show you exactly how this will be used we’re going to start off with this one which is the plus plugs standard plus the Boyd Olaf wall fixing so to start off we I’m going to drill a seven millimeter Bowl I’m going to push that in the old until it is flush and now I’m going to take a number eight what screw and we’ve derived that into the center of the fixing so that screw is now tight and if you were putting up a picture frame or something like that fixing would be ideal you have a very lightweight fixing that you could use in plaster wood I’m not going to try the plus plugs every Duty plus the void fixings I must say that I’ve tried these about ten times and every time I have tried them they have never worked I’m going to drill a 10 millimeter hole so I want to push that through the hole and again I’m going to take a number 8 what screw I’m gonna screw that directly into the center of the fixing you can see what happened there it just completely broke in pieces so you can see that that fixing was pretty much useless I’m now using a new fixing this time I want to use a slightly different screw it is still the same size it is still a size 8 as you can see that was broken off again so that is more than useless we’re now going to try the universal plug these actually work quite well and these are very useful for light weight fixings to use the universal plug he simply need to drill the all of the corrector diameter pushing the universal plug insert the screw and then tighten that up as you can see that a scrunched up so that is tightened against the plasterboard and that has given us a very strong fixing actually that would be very good for holding light weight items this is a ready driver which is a zinc worm screw these are also actually made in nylon these are made by several different companies under several different names these do actually come supplied with a self-tapping screw but it is often too long and it will actually bottom out if you try and screw it all the way in there if you do that there’s a good chance that you’ll oversize them the worm screw and damage the plasterboard so for example if you is fixing that to a plasterboard wild and you used that line for screw you will be asking for trouble because it would just bottom out there is no way you would ever get inside you would just damage the plasterboard so if you ever need to fix something thin like up to a plaster board wall using a very driver is critical that you buy a shortage self-tapping screw these are very simple to use and you don’t need a drill you can simply screw them straight into the wall it’s important when you’re using this you actually apply some pressure to it when you pushing it in and that will actually create this horn all once it’s in and it’s flush with the surface you can then take the item that you want to fix in this case were fixing this 90 degree brackets awesome to put that on the sizing up the self-tapping screw so that’s now giving us a nice firm fixing sort of like when you fix things these really are ideal they’re very quick and very easy to use to use the rosette fixing you simply need to make the correct size all which in this case is 10 millimeter then push the fixing into the plasterboard and you do actually need a Torx driver for these and that is a TX 25 so on the outside that all you can see that that is actually giving us a very strong fixing and then finally we’re going to use the snap toggle the snap toggles are one of the best fixings for cluster Boyd we’re going to start off by filling a 12 millimeter or half an inch hole we can then take the snap toggle push it through the hole and then pull it back and then slide down the plastic boards and simply snap off plastic pieces and then you can take your screw that’s supplied with the kit and you can screw that in one sided size that will give you an extremely strong fixing we then have our wall anchors these can be useful in some instances you can use these without the setting to all bought on plus the void that has not been skimmed you will need the setting tool which costs approximately between 10 and 20 pounds I’m going to start off by filling the correct size the hole in the cluster void on total mark we can push the anchor through the hole so I’m just gonna hook this one with a scoop like saw want to see in that position you can then squeeze on the Andals and that will pull bike the scoop you can end it remove the setting see old one starting position and it does give you a permanent fixing that can hold approximately ten kilos so they can be very useful they are normally very inexpensive as well another common fixing for plasterboard is the spring toggle you can see they’re made and already so I’m just going to push the spring toggle through the hole sometimes I do actually after Paul is back in order to get these things have all to stop without a thing [Music] there they give you a very good fixing but they do have the disadvantage that if you won’t do them you actually lose your fixing down the cavity so I’ll swing toggles are another very useful fixing and they can hold considerable weight this is a Grippit fixing these are relatively new you do need to develop quite a large hole for these to work so I’m going to start off by drilling an 18 millimeter hole we can then take the grip it and we can push that in there and then we just need to give that a tap with the amur we can then use a screwdriver to push in the center there you’re just going to push that in and we’re just going to turn the slots until it goes as far as it will go we don’t say it’s our bracket screw supply I’m going to screw that into the center of the grip it [Laughter] and that has actually given us a very strong fixing so these are ideal if you fixing larger items to a plus the Boyd wall

100 thoughts on “Plasterboard fixings- The good, the bad and the useless!”

  1. clive williams says:

    The SPIT corkscrew fittings were load tested on one of my jobs and were found to have an 80kg pull out load in Lafarge plasterboard, which by any assessment is not just a 'light load'. There is obviously an element of personal favoritism and not an objective assessment.

  2. mrvelleful says:

    At 7:30. Why do you need the setting tool only when the wall has not been skimmed? What difference does skimming do?

  3. Paul Morgan says:

    Would have been interesting to see you hang a load on them to find the actual failure result. 6:25 One of my pets hates, when ppl say 12mm is 1/2", or worse when the ppl at B&Q say 15mm is 1/2" Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  4. Ashh_97 says:

    With the wall ankers: you just screw in the screw all the way and the fixing collapse as you screw in

  5. lalybum says:

    The ones that you need to drill a big hole are not good. That spring one would be good if it had slimmer pads but four instead of 2. So you could make a smaller hole to use it and they would give a better grip.

  6. Barry Foster says:

    Been doing diy for over 40 years…just wall anchors in plasterboard – nothing else! You can use a wall anchor without a setting tool, I've done it myself when I've mislaid my setting tool. I've read so many comments that it will spin, but actually, it doesn't! Still, wouldn't be without the setting tool! Wall anchors are just fantastic fixings. One thing I would say though is to use a drill bit smaller than they advise. It's better if the anchor is pushed into the hole rather than falling into it. And also, use a universal bit (looks like a steel or wood bit) not a masonry bit or a flat bit (sorry!). A masonry bit (and especially a flat bit) tends to blow a larger hole in plasterboard than a universal bit.

    I don't want to take away anything from the inventor of the grip-it, but I do have to say that it's simply unnecessary when there are wall anchors. When inventing something, you first have to decide if there's a need. I don't know why the inventor of the grip-it doesn't think the wall anchor solves the issue already! I've never used a grip-it…and won't…as long as there are wall anchors. Has anyone done an axial pull test on both?

  7. Black Lanner says:

    What would be good for hanging heavy frames? 30 pounds

  8. Dominique Hardie says:

    That 2nd anchor was made out of old tires and flip flops mate, that'd the issue.

  9. ramicollo says:

    Best fixture for attaching at 55 inch TV (17kg) on a articulating/extending wall mount (8kg)? Total weight ~25kg + lever force when TV is extended from the wall. Thanks!

  10. Nacho Bidness says:

    Excellent video and very helpful but PLEASE invest in a powered driver. Mind-numbing to watching drive by hand.

  11. SwavyJayhs says:

    8:20 I just need to remember

  12. Jeff G says:

    Big spring toggles are the best. Cover a wider area and do up tight.๐Ÿ‘

  13. Gorilla Jones says:

    The only thing worth a damn in this video are the large snap toggle wall anchors. I've used them for years and they have never failed.

  14. Oliver Smyth says:

    You left out the ribbed deep hole penetrative jaw breaker bolt

  15. sailingsolar says:

    In the usa we call these "fastners". Cheers

  16. prouddaddyofdos says:

    Useful video mate!

  17. betoazuela says:

    I have found this video super usefull! thanks for explaining it so easy and clear. However i still have a couple of doubts… what fixing would work for a 55" TV (22 kg). I guess the best is the "grip it" but i have never seen those in Mexico! Im not the best hadyman around lol. Yesterday i tried with the Zinc ones but as you said, my lack of knowlege made me use the long screw it came with and I ended up damaging the drywall and makingthe hole bigger and bigger as I keep "tightening" the screw and It lost all traction and got very loose.

  18. Inspector Steve says:

    I never head them called "fixings" before. I've always called the drywall anchors. That blue fixing is junk. I was laughing because it was such shit.

  19. David Norris says:

    I've not seen that last one here in the states. That one is pretty sharp

  20. LA X says:

    A very helpful video, thanks for that.

  21. Beenz 75 says:

    I only ever use the metal worm screws. Although you donโ€™t need a drill for these, creating a pilot hole beforehand makes a cleaner finish and less effort to screw in

  22. MWS ICT says:

    Crap Iโ€™ve been installing hollow anchors wrong all this time!! No wonder theyโ€™ve fโ€”ked up my walls every time!

  23. smartchip says:

    Thank you, good demonstration,

  24. John says:

    The fixing at 3.26 – we call them Wall Mates in OZ. I always like to make a hole first rather than rely on the drilling motion of the fixing particularly with the plastic version. Better for accuracy and i have had the plastic ones break or flog the plaster out.

  25. steven hicks says:

    This is brilliant and just what I needed to see!

  26. Martin says:

    Straight forward, practical advice, well demonstrated and clear and concise, so much so that even the "armchair- whingers" and moaning faux-pros cannot mess it up.
    Thanks for posting very helpful.

  27. Martin says:

    To all the so called "Armchair-experts" and on-line smart-arses with their preening comments…..Lets see your videos. And see how much you know.

  28. Shahinur Rahman says:

  29. Inspired E-comm says:

    I'm looking to fit a tv bracket to a plasterboard wall supporting a TV around 30kg, what's the best type of fixing to use?

  30. edgar zavala says:

    very helpful video

  31. Richie Stafford says:

    Great video! I'm planning on mounting a floating shelf (solid walnut, so it's got a bit of weight) onto an external wall in my kitchen. Issue I have is that the wall is insulated with 100mm warm board. Do I need something that will reach to the back of the warmboard? Any advice would be appreciated? There isn't much online re mounting onto warm boards.

  32. Danielm316 says:

    Where do i get the grip it fixings

  33. Kostas Selenis says:

    Hi, would this Metal worm type screws at 4:11 be alright for a 14kg Mirror on a plasterboard?

  34. ral819 says:

    Nice Job, Helped me in making sense of these anchors…

  35. Barry Tipton says:

    Great thought it was me wondered why some fixing were Rubish

  36. AA 5744 says:

    Very good video, thanks for the info!

  37. Rahim Huseynov says:

    Thank you

  38. Pit Awesome says:

    Omg u really make my worries go away. I decided to hang chandelier on my own. Hope my nearby hardware shop sell one of this.

  39. Mohammad Tahir says:

    This is the most comprehensive video I have ever seen on fixings, thank you. Subscribed!

  40. Subhas Mondal says:


  41. Lindsay Sidwell says:

    Excellent video – why can't they all be like this? To the point and clear – even a girl can do it!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. John S. says:

    screw that

  43. manoe jose says:

    Those grip-its look a bit daft. Alright if you don't mind seeing all that fixing at the edges I suppose. I used hundreds of the worm-screw things DeWalt zip-it brand. I used them everything, they can hold loads of weight and I never had one fail. I hung a cd case on the wall with three, some 80 CDs. I never had a screw bust the worm part either.

  44. Steve Abrahams says:

    The goid ones are ok on jnternal walls but what about plugs to use on "dot and dab" walls. Ppl always want blinds or curtains putting up and most of these fixings bottom out or wont fit behind the plaster board. Tried the grip it but you never know if they have opened the rear wings correctly, if they don't the fixing hole is useless.

  45. Matthew Gillespie says:

    Really informative. Thank you.

  46. hunter27008 says:

    Look no further than the hollow wall anchors. They stay in place when the screw is removed, are easy to use and will take as much weight as the plaster board can stand. Just make the initial hole a tight fit and you do not need a setting tool they do save time though. Been using these for years for fitting radiators to stud walls.

  47. MIO PHX says:

    Extremely informative video with no wasted time. Probably the best video I've ever seen on Youtube with regard to quality information and efficiency of time!

  48. Noel Leavitt says:

    Would someone please buy this man a cordless screwdriver.

  49. CovertCombat says:

    Which of these would you say are likely to be compatible with stud walls containing Celotex slabs as insulation, rather than hollow stud walls? Weโ€™ve just done a loft conversion, but the zinc worm screws donโ€™t seem to be holding much weight in our plasterboard. Iโ€™m wondering if any of the fixings that open out would do so strongly enough to squeeze the Celotex out of the way and get a firm hold?

  50. chiccoka says:

    Hi. Handyman . I got a 35 kgs 70 inch TV to hang. What would be the best option. 4x fixing on the bracket.

  51. ูุฑุงู†ุดูŠุณูƒูˆ Francesco says:


  52. mick allan says:

    Good stuff. Maybe do a video demonstrating why you shouldn't use a Phillips bit to drive a Posi screw?

  53. Gregg Policari says:

    LOL, did he just use a concrete drill bit for plasterboard? (Not that it matters, just funny)

  54. topsecret08 says:


  55. John Hansen says:

    They work a great deal better if you fill the hole with drywall cement before putting the plastic plug in place.

  56. wwDerp says:

    I found metal worm type screws work the best. They cost a dollar each here in Canada.

  57. H B says:

    Wow ๐Ÿ˜ฎ very informative video – thank You ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

  58. hotajax says:

    I see the mental health care part of British socialized medicine is absolutely useless

  59. Andrei Popa says:

    what fitting would you use for a tiled dry wall?

  60. project zorgo says:

    Can you put a punch bag on a plaster board, if so whatโ€™s best fittings

  61. Aldo David Hernandez Garcia says:

    Thanks a lot for this video!

  62. CCBigStew says:

    Very good demonstration of the myriad of plaster board fixings available. Personally I've never found one that "suits all".

  63. autophyte says:

    Thank you so much! I never knew that hollow wall anchors required a setting tool. I tried expanding the legs at the back just by tightening the screw in as I attached the fitting, only to see the anchor turn in the plasterboard and not grip. So I never used them again as I thought they were useless. I'e got dozens of them, unused, which now I will use ,after buying the setting tool on Ebay AU$12 !

  64. Seven Sevens says:

    Absolutely smashing good useful video

  65. Chris E says:

    Do not fucking use a ready driver. You will thank me later.

  66. Hilton Ralphs says:

    Spring toggles are from the Devil. Great video though.

  67. Sara Van Roosbroeck says:

    Silly question from unexperienced person: what can you actually hang on plasterboard walls? Because even with the very sturdy fixings, the plasterboard itself looks like it would break if you hang something like a bookshelf and fill it with heavy books. No?

  68. Andrew Macdonald says:

    7:32 That setting tool is a must if you frequently use the metal expanding anchors. I find that these anchors tend to strip out before the wings fully expand or the whole anchor just spins around.

  69. milesfb says:

    Useful video. It definitely appears thatnthe snap toggle is the best good all rounder to take heavy loads such as a tv and its bracket.

  70. Jayes SS says:

    Hi mate great video! Im guessing the snaptoggles would be the best options to hang a TV onto the wall with only one stud being used. Would you also use this fixing if no studs could be found to hang quite a big TV? Or would you reinforce with plywood for example and attach this to the plasterboard too?

  71. Giovanni Di Matteo says:

    Which one would be best for supporting a heavy load (100lbs)?

  72. scara monga says:

    Excellent video, many thx!

  73. N Gauge England -Synthematix- says:

    Which of these would you recommend for a microwave oven bracket m8?

  74. George Givens Jr says:

    Excellent presentation! Very useful

  75. paintboxpash says:

    Brilliant – informative and comprehensive, without any waffle.

  76. Ron Izzard says:

    Thanks for your video.
    The biggest issue I find in a lot of installations (where these kinds of fittings are required ) is when there is in wall insulation….which causes a problem for most of these fixings.
    Iโ€™d love to see a video of how all these different fixings react when there is insulation in the wall.

  77. Joseph Cole says:

    only a Moran would give thumbs down !

  78. Jean Nelson says:

    Very good

  79. Sridhar KumarasamyI says:

    excellent demo..

  80. DARTH MONG says:

    I bought the Plasplugs heavy duty yesterday for my dartboard. Thought I'd check this out before I did any drilling. Glad I did.

  81. adegoke micheal says:

    Please where can i get the metal gysum fithcher in dubai?

  82. Mohamed Ameen says:

    From 3 years until now still very informative thanks mate

  83. Dani Quinn says:

    Your videos are SO HELPFUL! Thank you. I have just moved to my first home and this has really helped with navigating new projects.

  84. Dean sweed says:

    Hi handyman need some advice please whata the best way to contact you please if that ok thx appreciate it๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  85. David Maher says:

    Want to fit a bracket for a 32 inch TV approx 5kg – would you use the grip it?

  86. N Gauge England -Synthematix- says:

    gripits arent bad but snap toggles seem to be the best to me.

  87. Kim Elena says:

    this was what I have been looking for!!! Best vid.

  88. Earl Troy says:

    Very informative. Thanks for posting.Notes to self; ย Favorite items:3:24 –ย  Worm Screw Anchor 6:14 –ย  Snap Toggle Anchor8:19 –ย  Spring Toggle Anchor9:00 –ย  Grip-it Anchor

  89. Ira Jones says:

    Great teaching video…..๐Ÿ’ฏ

  90. Beverly Evans says:

    Do you think the metal worm type screw could be used in a static caravan wall to hang a clock?

  91. ukshrednoodle says:

    wall anchors are brilliant IF enough space to push them in. the GUN to expand the wall anchors was a revelation!I otherwise LONG screws into brick. those worm ones just chew my plaster up.

  92. LochSween says:

    I used to work in Quality Control for a major company which produced masonry and cavity wall fixings.
    When fixing anything of substance to a cavity wall, (when studs can't be screwed into!) I never found anything to beat the HOLLOW WALL ANCHOR (H.W.A.) for strength, ease of fixing, removal, and price.
    TWO crucial tips which will give you a rock-solid and perfect fixing:
    1) When drilling the hole, make the hole FRACTIONALLY SMALLER, remove the screw from the fixing and the gently tap it into the hole until the retaining spikes on the fixing sink into the wall.
    2) ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, use the setting tool to expand the fixing when it's inserted.
    NEVER use a screwdriver to do the job, as this can ROTATE the fixing and chew up the plasterboard.
    Kitchen wall & floor cabinets and large TV brackets are easily fixed using H.W.A.'s.

  93. Matthew Brian Evans says:

    What's the best fixing to use on thermal plasterboard and masonry to use to hand curtain rail brackets ?? Thank you in advance

  94. Arts&Trusts says:

    Does anyone have a link to those brown universal scrunch kind ones for UK use? Cannot seem to find them.

  95. Andrew Page says:

    Great video ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  96. Paul says:

    excellent demonstration, many thanks!

  97. Adriano da Silva says:

    I am very grateful to you spend time explaining all this thanks you had helped me a lot… well done …

  98. Jan Honza Done says:

    Very good thanks!

  99. Denver Thornton says:

    With metal curly whirlys shown in the video. Cut the end off so the screw wont bottom out with pliers. then run the screw threw once and back out again…holding the metal plug with the pliers NEVER your fingers!
    I Hate them tbh

    Interset fixings on plaster board….. you dont show these…AWESOME!!
    Rawlplug do the UNO fixing which is my teams go to for almost all in home plug needs now

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