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Curtain rods, towel bars, and other wall mounted accessories are relatively easy to hang. The trick is securing them to a stud so they can hold up to the abuse. But, how often have you found that you don’t have a stud where you want it mounted? Probably 98% of the time, right? That’s where it is important to use good wall anchors (specifically for your type walls.) Today I’m talking about drywall anchors.

Day 15: Use Good Wall Anchors

You are probably thinking, “Okay, no problem. The towel bar I bought came with wall anchors. I’ll just use those.” And that would be a mistake!

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Why? Because those freebie wall anchors get mangled and they won’t hold up to regular use. DO NOT USE those El Cheapo wall anchors that come with your curtain rods, shelves, towel bars, toilet paper holders, etc. In fact, don’t even save them if you don’t use them. PITCH ‘EM…NOW… JUST DO IT!

I am a big fan of the TOGGLER wall anchors because they are easy to drill into drywall and you can remove them fairly easily with a phillips head screwdriver. There are several other brands and types of wall anchors that will work just as well. When purchasing wall anchors, pay attention to the weight limit and wall types they are designed for.

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8 replies
  1. Linda
    Linda says:

    Hi Brittany,
    I really appreciated this post as I am getting ready to hang draperies in several rooms and I have had poor success in the past with the ones that come in the packages. Thanks for the information,

    Also, I wanted to ask if you have ever removed a gas fireplace insert yourself? We have a gas insert I really dislike and the fireplace is an original wood burning one. I would like to remove the insert and convert this back to wood burning but I never see articles anywhere about how to do this. Also, when I research this topic on line, it is almost always about changing out the insert and putting in a new one. I am kind of at a loss as to whether we can remove the vent tubing up the chimney ourselves, or whether this is a job best left to the pros. I was just trying to find a way to reduce the cost of the project. Do you have any thoughts on this?

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  2. chris aka monkey
    chris aka monkey says:

    too funny we just found those wall anchors after having a couple of crashes, if people listen to you they will save themselves a ton of trouble xx

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  3. nancy abruzzo
    nancy abruzzo says:

    Good advice…I learned the hard way. My curtain rod was continually coming off the wall. Went to the hardware store and the clerk recommended heavy duty metal anchors…did the trick. Posted your helpful hint as well.

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  3. […] Hold the template up and line up the bracket locations with studs. If  you can’t line it up with two studs, you can use a good wall anchor. Don’t use the anchors that came with the towel bar. (Here’s why you should never use those freebie wall anchors.) […]

  4. […] Hold the template up and line up the bracket locations with studs. If  you can’t line it up with two studs, you can use a good wall anchor. Don’t use the anchors that came with the towel bar. (Here’s why you should never use those freebie wall anchors.) […]

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