What’s the Difference: Hollow-wall anchors
Which is strongest: plastic anchors, auger anchors, mollies, or toggle bolts?
It’s not uncommon to have to install a wall-mounted fixture long after a kitchen or bathroom is buttoned up with drywall. When you can’t secure the item to a stud or 2x blocking, a hollow-wall anchor is your best option. The anchors shown here, commonly found at home centers, often come with strength ratings. Some manufacturers (but not all) apply a safety factor when creating this rating to ensure performance under the listed load. Check to be sure. You might have to apply your own safety factor by dividing the listed maximum load value by four, per industry standards. The general load values listed here reflect the applied safety factor.
Plastic anchors serve the lightest duty. You can be comfortable hanging a small picture with these anchors, but not much else. They are not designed for use in ceilings and are the most susceptible…