Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 9
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bricago Having trouble with these? These tips might help.
I use these often for wall mounting jobs. (TV mounts, floating shelves, mirrors, etc.) They work best in 5'8" or thinner drywall, because the toggle needs about 5/8" between its pivoting end and the Philips head end to properly swing out from the anchor sleeve. They won't work on double layered drywall. Exterior walls with insulation and/or a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting between the drywall and insulation) can make installation difficult, since the toggle can snag on either one. I prefer to drill a pilot hole with a 3/16" drill, about 2" deep, and see if any insulation grabs on and comes out when I remove the drill. If it does I use the self drilling point of an anchor to insert one as deep as the threads without engaging the threads in the drywall. Then I poke a screwdriver through the hole to clear out the barrier and insulation, so the toggle has room to operate.
I suggest taking a moment to closely examine how these work, particularly the "ramp" that the screw contacts to deploy the toggle. I've found that inserting a screw into the toggle for a few turns, then removing the screw and gently repacking the toggle before screwing one into the wall increases the chances of success. The idea is to preset the toggle so it needs minimal pressure from the screw to deploy. Don't repack the toggle by locking it all the way in, just give it a hair-trigger, so to speak. I've ruined several anchors by ramming the screw into them, thinking more pressure would help, but it just jams the screw tip into the soft and easily dented ramp.
After you drill to check for insulation and vapor barrier, then preset the toggle and screwing the anchor in, NOTICE THIS: there are arrows on the Philips head showing you the orientation of the toggle. You want to snug down the anchor into the drywall the right way the FIRST TIME, if possible. Gently adjust the anchor until the arrows point where you want. If you strip out the hole in the drywall, and the anchor can spin freely in the wall, it might still work, but it's not ideal.
Now it's time to insert the screw. Remember: easy does it, no slamming it in. You'll know it's working if you give the screw a few turns, then try to pull the screw out of the wall. You should feel the toggle pressing against the other side. It will take SEVERAL turns to snug the toggle down, and you don't want to apply too much torque or else you'll strip out the hole in the toggle. I use my drill on a low torque setting to screw until I start to feel a little resistance. The screw head will actually be all the way flush to the anchor and spin freely for a pretty long time. Keep going. It's pulling the toggle closer to the wall. When you start to feel resistance, switch to a hand screwdriver and snug it up.
(Some reviewers mentioned the need to pull the screw toward you in order for the screw to engage the toggle. This isn't true. Pulling the screw towards you presses the toggle against the wall, so you can feel resistance while you screw. Remember, the toggle can't spin behind the wall, independently of the anchor. The arrows on the anchor head show you its position. Screwing with the screw head flush to the anchor, you won't feel resistance until the toggle starts to contact the wall)
Finally, these aren't meant to be removed. I spoke to a company rep about this. Like toggles from toggle bolts, you're supposed to just push them through the wall and patch up the holes.
Good luck with your project.
March 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dee Amazing
I used these for the first time today. They were amazingly easy-to-use. Go slow, take your time and you'll have no problem.
December 9, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by slanza Mixed Anger
Do not buy these if you can't afford to have them fail.
Bought a pack yesterday. Two anchors to a pack. Using for the Closet Maid hanging track for shelving. They screw into the drywall as described. But I cannot get the screw into one of them. It goes about halfway, then no further.
But the mechanism is tripped. Meaning I CANNOT UNSCREW it from the wall. So you either leave it in. Push it through the wall. Or cut the wall around it to remove it.
Plus it was the last anchor in a 10 anchor system for the shelving. It cost under three bucks, but in time and additional work? forget about it.
Going to HD to figure out how to get my money back. Hoping a video will suffice.
May 20, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Nathan Don't waste your money
These things are garbage. The toggle doesn't flip, instead the screw completely misses the toggle threads and slides in next to the toggle. This leaves a large hole in the wall if you can remove it. I would not recommend this product. A few did work just fine, but just as many did not.
March 24, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by HULKSMASH Listen to me as hard as you can.
The only thing this product is good for is testing the limits of a man's sanity. I bought a ten pack and now 8 of them are behind my drywall. It's a terrible design because the toggle will get dust in it and jam. The only way to make it work is by pre-drilling a hole a hair less than the width of the anchor and hoping that the anchor doesn't fall through the hole while you press on the toggle to screw it in place. but of course now your anchors aren't tight because you pre-drilled the hole instead of sinking them in so all that holds the anchor in place is the toggle!!!! I could have just used a (insert expletive of choice) toggle bolt and avoided a gaping half inch hole!!! Don't listen to the guy at the store recommending it, he doesn't know the anguish you are about to experience. These should be removed from the shelves.
October 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CGNH Great Heavy Duty Drywall Anchor
Installs easily and cleanly, mounts flush, self tapping.
March 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Need to hang something heavy? Buy these!
I love the EZ anchors with toggle bar. They self-drill into the wall in a cinch. The toggle bar activates with no effort. The one drawback is you cannot remove them once installed. You either have to press all the way into the wall until it falls, or screw in enough to spackle over the dent. Buy these to hang anything heavy on drywall.
March 30, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HandySandy EZ Toggle Install - Closet Angle Iron
Easy Closets included these great anchors to secure to drywall and then attach the Angle Iron to hang all the MDF closet panels from. It's still hanging in there after 3 years...awesome stuff!!
May 4, 2013