Toggle bolts are used to hang pictures in drywall or plaster and prevent damage to both the wall and your pictures.
Moving into a new house or apartment, and just looking at the bare walls, is quite a challenge. You have tons of pictures and “things” to hang on the walls. The walls are freshly painted and look so good, and you remember the bad experience you had in the past with fasteners that tore loose from your wall and when a favorite picture was broken, leaving an ugly hole in your drywall. Here are some quick ideas that may help in your selection of the suitable fasteners for drywall and plaster.
A heavy item calls for a toggle bolt or molly bolt. To install a molly bolt, drill a hole the size of the bolt, make sure it is the right size, or you will have difficulty. The bolt should fit snugly once in turn clockwise to tighten. The fastener should have expanded and will stay snug. Remove the bolt.
The toggle bolt needs to be long enough to include the object’s width the wall and length of the toggle when folded. A hole is drilled through the wall and the metal wings pinched closed are pushed through the hole, until it opens inside the wall. The wings compress against the back of the wall and hold the piece in place as the screw is tightened. The wings distribute the weight of the item hung, over a broader expanse than other wall fasteners.
Inserts come packaged including screws sized correctly. There ar various kinds, plastic, lead, wood or fiber. A hole must be drilled large enough to tap the insert into the wall. The insert should be flush with the surface once installed. You may then place a screw into the insert to use for hanging.
If the item to be hung on your wall is very light weight a little glue or even a piece of tape on a picture hanger will work. Moisture, and humidity affect glue consequently hang only un-breakable items in such a manner. Using a long thin nail driven in at an angle will hold a variety of weight also a metal hook will be usable.