Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 9
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ardee Poorly made product
I've had this case for several years and would always use them to anchor pictures or anything I needed to I've also started to notice that after a little while they don't stay anchored so I began to investigate why. After researching the design, it seems as if the body of the anchor is supposed to slide towards the top as you screw in the screw. The problem with these is that the part that is supposed to slide is connected at the base of the channel in with which its supposed to slide into. The only way to break it free is to cut it with a sharp blade. After that it seems to work as intended. These are more than likely just poured into a plastic mold and the idea was for the plastic to break at the channel and slide in accordingly. Unfortunately that plastic is too think to break smoothly and you are left with the anchor spinning in the wall or just not holding as well as it should be. I have since gone back to the store to get different anchors that actually work and don't have such a complicated design. This should be a simple procedure but they have over thought the simplicity of an anchor and therefore have created a terrible product.
October 15, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by nbrown314 Avoid these anchors
After drilling a hole using the included drill bit, there is about a 50% chance that you'll ruin the anchor as you hammer it in. Even careful, light taps of the hammer will bend the anchor to the point where you have to throw it out and try again.
If you can manage to hammer in the anchor without bending it, good luck tightening in the included screws without the anchor spinning in place. As soon as this occurs, you must give up on that hole, patch it up, and start over somewhere else. This happens way too frequently and the only solution seems to be to hold the anchor in place with a small flat-blade screwdriver as you tighten the screw though this isn't foolproof.
When they work the way they were designed, they work well. If you can manage to get one into the wall and keep it from spinning as you tighten it down, it's obvious that there is a strong hold. It's too bad it is such a gamble to use them.
October 23, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SpaceAce16 Garbage Grip
I bought these for simple wall frames and shelves. They either break or spin with screws. Don't waste your money.
September 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by twalsh1490 EXCELLENT KIT of wall anchors -- if you use correctly
This is a VERY handy, self-contained, complete kit for getting stuff up on a wall. Ideal for use in 1/2 inch drywall (which is what most American homes have these days).
Notes for happy and successful use:
1. There are two sizes of screws: #8 (thinner) and #10 (thicker). Each size screw has an appropriate sized anchor, nicely color coded (#8=gray, #10=blue). If the screw will be going through a hole in something to be hung, make sure the screw will fit through the hole. BEFORE you drill anything.
2. If the drywall is backed by a stud where you want the hole, you could use just the screw and skip the anchor. HOWEVER you may want to drill a pilot hole into the wood. The kit has drill bits for use with wall anchors. If using just a screw and no anchor, the pilot hole should be 3/32" or 7/64". BYOB (bring your own bit) for that.
3. I've installed plenty of wall anchors over the years. And many times heard the dreaded commentary, "But is it really level???" Even when you measure twice (or thrice), the drill bit can skitter just a bit, making a hole that is just enough off target to be visible to the critical eye. Best advice: after you mark the spot, give the drill bit a good starting point. Use a punch, awl, or even one of the screws. Place the point precisely on the target. Tap lightly to imprint the starting point. Now your drill bit will get to work exactly where you intended.
4. MAKE SURE YOU USE THE RIGHT DRILL BIT. The kit has two: 1/4" (skinnier) for the gray anchors, 5/16" (thicker) for the blue anchors. (And if you used the wrong bit, don't write a one-star review and blame it on poor product. The kit has TWO bits. Get it right.)
5. Drill gently. You don't know for sure what is behind that drywall.
6. Tap the anchor in gently. The collar should seat against the wall. This should be easy. If it's not easy, check to be sure the size of the hole matches the size of the anchor.
7. Now install the screw. I like a drill/driver for this. SET TORQUE RELEASE TO VERY LOW. On my drills I use the lowest setting, and drive the screw gently, just until the first sputter of torque release. This is not a zippity-do-dah moment. These are PLASTIC anchors in fragile, crumbly DRYWALL. An impact driver is too HercKy for this application. Or hey, use an old fashioned screw driver.
You're done! Works every time. Great kit. I really love the included drill bits.
Just one suggestion for improvement: mold size testers into the plastic packaging so it's easy to tell the 1/4" bit from the 5/16", and the #8 screw from the #10. That's not obvious to everyone.
May 7, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Worthless
These are completely worthless. We are a construction company and trialed these in our office to hold up some shelves. The anchors don't work. they do not collapse properly. After trying 10 and only 1 successfully anchored properly, we through the rest out. Do not buy these, you will waste your money.
May 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pedro Great Kit
I'm not sure why there is such a bad review for this product. The kit comes with drill bit, anchor and screw. I am using these anchors to hold up my 55" LED TV. and a heavy picture frame. I have plans to hang multiple other things around the house. I have no concerns over the strength or reliability of this product. Its ease of usage was awesome. Minimizes all the guesswork and concern. All you have to do is drill a whole with the provided bit, tap in the anchor and screw away. Glad I purchased a big pack, no need to worry about next time I may need an anchor.
February 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Terrell These do not work.
After total failure on more than six anchors, three in drywall and three in plaster, I thought maybe I was doing something wrong. So, I took a pair of channel locks, and held the anchor collar so I could see what was happening (or not happening) on the inside of the wall. Same thing. The anchor did not function like the picture on the box, but ended up twisting and stripped out of the pliers, just like they had in the wall. The problem is the plastic tabs that are supposed to break away to allow the Anchor to contract are too thick. Often only one will break causing the anchor to bind, twist and grab onto the screw, before stripping out the hole it's in.
September 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HandyJack Ignore the other review.
I'm a professional carpenter/handyman and I use these daily. The drill bit provided is the exact correct size. These are great in drywall, plaster, brick...pretty much anything. The only anchor I buy.
July 1, 2015