Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 6
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
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Scott Total Garbage
The provided drill bit is too large for the anchors. When you screw in the provided screws, the anchor twists in the wall. I now have 36 holes to patch and paint. I wish I had NEVER bought these things.
March 8, 2015