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Old 07-21-2015, 04:57 PM   #1
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Do you guys recommend anything specific to anchor large pictures and mirrors into plaster?

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Old 07-21-2015, 06:40 PM   #2
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Ideally I like to drive a screw into a wall stud but depending on the location that the picture needs to be hung that's not always possible. If that happens as long as it's not a super heavy piece I've had good luck pre drilling a small hole through the plaster and anchoring the screw into the lath.

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If you can't hit a stud use a toggler:

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I just started using them and really like them
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I just started using them and really like them
Way cool until they fail.....

Don't know what you are calling large....

Huge weight difference between pictures and mirrors....

What mounting method(s) are you dealing with?_
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Way cool until they fail.....

Don't know what you are calling large....

Huge weight difference between pictures and mirrors....

What mounting method(s) are you dealing with?_
Get it behind the lath, it will take the wall down with it lol.
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Use a toggle of some sort, but yes like the one pictured. old plaster walls can vary in thickness. Could be up to 1" thick in some areas.
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I've had good luck with ''Wall Dogs'' on plaster. Sometimes I pre drill holes and use whatever type nail or screw that is necessary. Depends on what type of plaster.

Inners Snap Toggles are great for heavy things. But the metal Butterfly Toggles come in all sizes and lengths. That is my favorite go to nowadays for things like towel bars and toilet paper holders.

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I use toggles or mollies. It all depends on the weight for me. And sometimes I'll use a level and install two appropriately spaced for the piece that is being hung.
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Butterflies depending on weight sometimes 2 or 3
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Way cool until they fail.....

Don't know what you are calling large....

Huge weight difference between pictures and mirrors....

What mounting method(s) are you dealing with?_
You've had one fail? I've hung grab bars with them and actually put all my weight on the bar and it didn't flinch at all.
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You've had one fail? I've hung grab bars with them and actually put all my weight on the bar and it didn't flinch at all.
They don't, the wall does. I've also used those in block.
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They don't, the wall does. I've also used those in block.
I was just wondering if anyone has had them or the wall they are anchored to fail on them?

I never thought to use them in block. Just this past week I was installing a vanity on a block wall and tapcons weren't sticking and I didn't have long enough red heads so had to run to the store to get some longer red head anchors. I had some togglers with me and could have used them. Would have been a better solution also since to get the vanity out now you have to trash it or grind off the anchors. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Ideally I like to drive a screw into a wall stud but depending on the location that the picture needs to be hung that's not always possible.
One chance in 10 for 16" O.C., I figure.

Glass is pretty dense, more than concrete I think, so mirrors weigh quite a bit more than pix.

The force on the toggle is mostly vertically downward [a shearing force] with very little pull-out/pull-through force and little 'pull-over' force, so they should be quite strong.

Some fastener packages post 'working load', some 'ultimate strength'. Check the packages, weigh your item, figure how many fasteners you need to share the load.
The strength of materials used in resi walls should be all over the Web.

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I've had good luck with ''Wall Dogs'' on plaster. Sometimes I pre drill holes and use whatever type nail or screw that is necessary. Depends on what type of plaster.

Inners Snap Toggles are great for heavy things. But the metal Butterfly Toggles come in all sizes and lengths. That is my favorite go to nowadays for things like towel bars and toilet paper holders.

Good luck to you.

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Hung many a thing in drywall - plaster is a different beast in that if that bastard starts crumbling it's like a thread on a t-shirt and may never stop.

Usually, plaster doesn't worry me too much as the company is usually inside the home working on a remodeling project. If asked to hang something in plaster in a part of the home we're not working in I usually don't have an issue with it knowing the homeowner as well as having time to make a repair if the plaster heads south.

This morning I had a few handyman items I was obligated to perform and wanted a sure fire way to get in and out with the plaster. Fortunately I was able to provide great results for the other items on her list and was able to skirt around hanging the pictures and mirrors.

We exchanged pleasantries when I was finished and we parted on great terms. Her chatting away about future remodeling projects. IF those remodeling projects ever make the light of day - I'll gladly hang whatever she needs in the plaster. But to do say today was a risk I was unwilling to take.

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I was just wondering if anyone has had them or the wall they are anchored to fail on them?

I never thought to use them in block. Just this past week I was installing a vanity on a block wall and tapcons weren't sticking and I didn't have long enough red heads so had to run to the store to get some longer red head anchors. I had some togglers with me and could have used them. Would have been a better solution also since to get the vanity out now you have to trash it or grind off the anchors. Thanks for the suggestion.
I did, leak in roof soaked the drywall and the chunk of drywall pulled off with the anchors.
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Hung many a thing in drywall - plaster is a different beast in that if that bastard starts crumbling it's like a thread on a t-shirt and may never stop.
Ah yes........I remember the first plaster home I hung a ton of stuff in. I learned real quick.
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if that bastard starts crumbling it's like a thread on a t-shirt and may never stop.
Is old plaster worse or better?
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What type of plaster? Wood lath? wire lath? gypsum lath?

I have never seen a toggler fail, walls yes togglers no

the smallest toggler holds almost 240 lbs in drywall

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