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How do you install drywall anchors?

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To install drywall anchors, select an appropriate anchor, drill a hole into the drywall, insert the sleeve into the hole, tap the anchor, tighten the screw to expand the wings against the drywall, and then loosen it to attach the object. Installing a set of drywall anchors to mount an object typically takes less than 30 minutes.

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  1. Select the appropriate anchor

    Select an appropriate type of anchor based on the weight of the object you are attaching to the wall. Avoid using anchors that are too small to prevent objects from falling.

  2. Drill the hole

    Measure the diameter of the widest part of the sleeve using a ruler. Select an appropriately sized drill bit. Mark the location for the anchor, and drill a hole through the drywall.

  3. Insert the sleeve

    Push the sleeve into the hole. Use a hammer to tap the front edge of the anchor so it is flush with the drywall.

  4. Tighten the screw

    Use a screwdriver to tighten the screw to expand the wings of the anchor against the back of the drywall. If installing several anchors, consider using a power screwdriver to reduce wrist strain.

  5. Affix the object to the wall

    Remove the screw from the anchor. Insert it through the object you are affixing to the wall and back into the anchor. Tighten the screw to hold the object in place.

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