a screw-in wall anchor and an illustration to show how it works
Photo: David Hamsley. Illustration: Paul Perreault
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Screw-In Anchors

The most popular all-purpose drywall anchor. These are great for light (less than 10 pounds) to medium loads (10 pounds to 25 pounds), and are available in metal and plastic.

How to use it: Simply screw the anchor into the wall with a Phillips screwdriver or cordless drill fitted with a Phillips bit. Attach the item by driving a #6 or #8 screw into the anchor hole.

Best for: Heavy picture frames, bulletin boards, smoke alarms, door chimes, lightweight shelving, wall-mounted light fixtures, wall-mounted mirrors on drywall.
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