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It's always better to err on the heavy-duty side when selecting an anchor for drywall, plaster, a hollow-core door and paneling. With some fastening jobs (hanging a large picture frame or bulletin board, for example), you can spread the load by using more than one anchor. If you haven't used a particular anchor before, practice installation on a scrap piece of drywall or plywood paneling.

PICTURE FRAMES (up to 20 lbs.)
Drywall: Nail-in hook
Plaster: Nail-in hook
Hollow-core Door: #6 1/2-in. panhead screw

HEAVY PICTURE
Drywall: Screw-in anchors with flat-mount hook
Plaster: Plastic sleeve, #6 or #8 panhead screw with flat-mount hook
Hollow-core Door: Screw through picture or bulletin board frame and into hollow-core door anchors in at least two locations

SMOKE ALARM OR DOORBELL CHIMES
Drywall: Screw-in or tap-in anchors
Plaster: Plastic sleeves, #6 panhead screws
Hollow-core Door: Panhead screws and hollow-core door anchors

TOWEL RACK
Drywall: Screw-in anchors, molly bolts or toggle bolts
Plaster: Molly or toggle bolts
Hollow-core Door: Hollow-core door anchors

LIGHWEIGHT SHELVING
Drywall: Screw-in anchors
Plaster: Plastic sleeves that accept #8 screws
Hollow-core Door: Hollow-core door anchors

HEAVY DUTY SHELVING
Drywall: Molly bolts or toggle bolts
Plaster: Molly bolts or toggle bolts
Hollow-core Door: Not recommended

WALL-MOUNTED LIGHT FIXTURE
Drywall: Screw-in anchors
Plaster: Plastic sleeves, #8 X 1-in. panhead screws
Hollow-core Door: Not applicable

WALL-MOUNTED MIRROR (up to 20 lbs.)
Drywall: Screw-in anchors #6 1 1/2-in. panhead screws and mirror clips
Plaster: Plastic sleeves, #6 1 1/2-in. panhead screws and mirror clips
Hollow-core Door: Hollow-core door anchors, mirror clips and mirror mastic

CURTAIN ROD SUPPORTS
Drywall: Molly bolts or toggle bolts
Plaster: Molly bolts or toggle bolts
Hollow-core Door: Not applicable

WALL-MOUNTED MIRROR (over 20 lbs.)
Drywall: Screw-in anchors or molly bolts with mirror clips and mirror mastic
Plaster: Molly bolts with mirror clips and mirror mastic
Hollow-core Door: Hollow-core door anchors, mirror clips and mirror mastic


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