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Old 05-21-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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I screwed a metal mesh file organizer onto drywall, using plastic wall anchors with the screws it came with. But now i found the original screws that came with the mesh file organizer. The original screws are a bit thicker than the ones i just screwed in. Will the plastic wall anchors still be okay if i use these original screws?

I prefer the original screws because the screw-head is larger in circumference & presses against the file organizer better. I'm worried if i remove the screws i just used, the plastic wall anchors will be unusable.

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Old 05-21-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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The plastic wall anchors should be fine when you remove the screws. However if the new screws are a larger size then the anchors may be too small and split with the new screws.

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The plastic wall anchors should be fine when you remove the screws. However if the new screws are a larger size then the anchors may be too small and split with the new screws.
Ditto this. If you want to use the larger screws, you should go to the store and get matching screw anchors.

The other thing that may happen anyhow when you try to take the screws out of the anchors you have is that the screw and anchor will just spin as a unit. In this case, you would need larger screw anchors anyhow to compensate.

I think they sell an assortment of screw anchors which can come in handy although as with most such things, there are probably sizes included you will never use. In any event, plastic screw anchors will not break the bank.
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First thing I do with those anchors is toss them in the trash.
Almost no holding power, most spin in the hole when the screw goes in.
I use these instead.

http://www.bing.com/shopping/e-z-anc...M=EGCA&lppc=16
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Thank you all... joecaption those are nice screws ty
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First thing I do with those anchors is toss them in the trash.
Almost no holding power, most spin in the hole when the screw goes in.
I use these instead.

http://www.bing.com/shopping/e-z-anc...M=EGCA&lppc=16
That Same Style Is Available made in plastic instead of metal. They work just as well in sheet rock, but won't go into a stud if you hit one. They are certainly much better than the small expanding plastic ones that come with most items.
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The link is to nothing related to screws for me. All I see are laptops and projectors.
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That Same Style Is Available made in plastic instead of metal. They work just as well in sheet rock, but won't go into a stud if you hit one. They are certainly much better than the small expanding plastic ones that come with most items.
Like anything else, you have to match anchors to the task at hand. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the little plastic plug type for holding say the ends of towel racks. Two of those you love would never fit next to each other and would tear up the drywall. There are also plastic expansion butterflies and things when more hold is needed. You pick the hanger system for the task at hand.


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Sorry guys, I really do not like that link that Joe posted. A good toggle and you are done.
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How did we get from a size or two up plastic anchor, that will work fine, to needing a toggle? To hold a light duty basket?
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The poster is more worried about the size the the head. Strength was never mentioned. If it was my file going in that basket you would probably need to hit the studs.
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Ty all. I removed the plastic anchors. I see they can be reused except for one because i mangled it getting it out. But i installed new plastic anchors that match with the original screws i really wanted to use (that have the larger diameter screw head).

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