One of the questions I get asked regularly is how to fix heavy items such as a TV to plasterboard or drywall. Unfortunately there are no plasterboard fixings available that I would trust to hold up a 65 inch TV that has cost hundreds of pounds, as even the best plasterboard fixings cannot support enough weight for them to be effective for this job as they all rely on the strength of the plasterboard itself. By locating the studs and fixing to them you are guaranteed to get the best fixing available and guarantee that your expensive TV will not end up on the floor in several pieces.
I tested out some plasterboard fixings in a previous video, the results of which are interesting-
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Some of the plasterboard fixings today can leave a large diameter hole in the plasterboard or drywall once they are removed. In this demonstration a Geefix fixing is removed and also a GripIt fixing, both of these fixings will leave a 25mm or 1” diameter hole in the plasterboard or drywall which will need repairing. The filler used in this video is Gyproc easifill, which can be seen in more detail here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM_FD403--k]]>
GripIt fixings are a quick and easy way of fixing to plasterboard or drywall. These fixings are easy to use and currently come in four different sizes depending on what you are fixing to the plasterboard or drywall. Currently 4 different GripIt fixing are available- Yellow 15mm, Red 18mm, Brown 20mm and blue 25mm. GripIt fixings were made famous when they appeared on Dragons' Den and were backed by Deborah Meaden.]]>
Hollow wall anchors such as rawlplug intersets or Mollys can sometimes be installed without using the special setting tool, but in drywall that is not plastered the setting tool is essential. The cost of the hollow wall anchor setting tool is about £8 to £20 depending on which one you buy. http://fave.co/1PLlTLt]]>
Fixing to drywall can be achieved several ways, here we demonstrate a few methods of fixing to drywall or drywall that has been used in a hollow wall construction that consists of a wall that is build from timber studs and plasterboard/drywall sheets.]]>
Rigifix wall anchors are ideal for fixing heavy items to plasterboard walls that have a solid wall behind. Fixing heavy items to solid walls that have been drylined can be difficult as normal fixings can be problematic, The rigifix anchor provides an extremely solid fixings in such walls. If your wall has been dry lined using the dot and dab method these fixings work brilliantly as they fix into the wall behind without the risk of damaging the drywall.]]>
This video demonstrates how much weight can be hung from a shelf that has been fixed to a plasterboard wall using snaptoggles (which are one of the strongest fixings available for plasterboard). The combined weight of both concrete blocks is 34 KGS or 75 LBS, the shelf was only a light weight shelf and so I did not want to overload it.
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This video shows how to fix a shelf to a plasterboard wall. If possible it is best to always try and fix to one of the studs, but when that is not possible you can fix to plasterboard as long as you chose the correct type of fixing. If you are not in the UK, this video shows how to fix a shelf to drywall using snaptoggles (which are widely available). Buy snaptoggles here- http://fave.co/1Ozdquh]]>
Fixing a radiator to a stud wall can be difficult, but it is possible using the correct plasterboard fixings. In this video I use snaptoggles to fix a small radiator to a plasterboard partition. If you decide to use another fixing to fix to the drywall please ensure you use a heavy duty fixing which will ensure the radiator never moves or works loose. You can get Snaptoggles here- http://fave.co/1NB0bMp]]>
Dry fix plasterboard fixing foam from Pinkgrip, which is made by everbuild is a very quick and easy way to fix plasterboard to solid walls. Apparently this can also be used to fix the plasterboard to a stud wall as well but that’s a bit pointless in my honest opinion. This is the second video I have made using this product, the original has now been deleted. In the first video I followed the advice in the official dry fix installation video, which did not mention wetting a very dry wall, which is why the plasterboard took ages to hold in position. Since then I have used the product several times and it works great as long as you don’t try and stick it to a very dry or dusty wall. The advantages of this foam over dry wall adhesive are that you don’t have to carry heavy bags to the job, you don’t need a bucket and mixing machine to mix the product and it can be plastered after 1 hour. You must of course use mechanical fixings such as the insofast mechanical fixings for fixing the sheets after the foam has set, this also needs to be done when using the dot & dab method as you should never rely on the adhesive alone to hold the sheet in position.]]>
Dry wall screws are made especially for fixing drywall or plasterboard to timber partitions or joists. Dry wall screws are incredibly strong and are one of the strongest screws that you can get for the thickness of the shank. They are black phosphate coated and have a bugle head which makes them less likely to tear the paper on the drywall.]]>
This video shows how to cut out a socket or switch from a sheet of drywall. If you are ever dry lining a room this will come in very handy as it shows the easiest way of cutting around electrical outlets using a drywall saw.]]>