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Elisa72385
Save Wall Anchor
Elisa72385

I'm trying to hand a simple shelving unit. The first anchor went in fine. I drilled a small hole for the 2nd anchor but it was slightly too high and to the left. I drilled an additional small hole slightly below and to the right of that. I sunk the plastic anchor but as I did I believe the threading on the inside came out.

I'm concerned I've not only stripped the inside of the anchor but that the anchor wont hold either because there is a small hole in the wall just above the anchor.

Is there anyway to save this?

keith3267
Re: Save Wall Anchor
keith3267

Drive another anchor into the blank hole if the blank hole is covered up by the shelf. Otherwise get a short piece of dowel rod from the hardware store that is the same or slightly larger diameter. Go larger if yo can't get the exact size as you can always drill the hole out to fit a larger dowel rod. Then insert a 1" long piece of the dowel into the open hole, just below the surface and cover with spackling and paint.

ed21
Re: Save Wall Anchor
ed21

Plastic anchors expand when the screw is inserted unless you have the screw in type. It's unlikely the anchor is stripped. Make sure the hole fits the anchor. If the previous hole is too close, the anchor may not have much strength. Anchors are cheap if you need another.
Memo to self: buy a level and a good tape measure. ;)

dj1
Re: Save Wall Anchor
dj1

A shelf for the purpose of holding any kind of weight, must have the supports screwed to studs. The anchors are insufficient for the job.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Save Wall Anchor
Sombreuil_mongrel

I don't know what anchor you were using, but if you used a small sleeve-type plastic anchor, this kind is a bit larger, so you may be able to get them level by slightly adjusting the hole, and inserting it:
http://www.cyberxlink.com/store/p/11152-Drywall-Anchor-Screws-SnapSkru-SPM-MINI-Drywall-Anchors-with-screws.aspx

Casey

MLB Construction
Re: Save Wall Anchor
MLB Construction

just use a butterfly anchor, that should solve the problem

keith3267
Re: Save Wall Anchor
keith3267

Here is an alternative. Get a 1x piece of appearance grade lumber. Get the width needed to be large enough for the brackets of the shelf and cover all the holes. It should be the length of the shelf or an inch or two longer. Finish all the edges. If you don't have access to a router or a person to do the woodworking for you, then just sand down the edge facing the room with a small radius. Stain the board to match the bookshelf or paint it to match the wall.

Then screw the board to the wall at the studs. A stud finder helps with this or just knock on the wall until you find a solid area. Then secure the board to the wall with 3" screws at the studs. Now mount the brackets to the board using 1 5/8" or longer screws.

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