316FLATHEAD2 3/16 Inch x 2 Inch Flat Head Screws
316FLATHEAD2 3/16 Inch x 2 Inch Flat Head Screws for Snap Toggle
Anchor screws are used for hanging light- to semi-heavy objects on a wall, such as a large picture or a mirror. Screw anchors are helpful because they allow you to hang items virtually anywhere, without hunting for a stud to sink the screw into. The other great advantage of screw anchors is flexibility: you are not bound to the rigid spacing of studs, typically 16 inches on-center.
More importantly, anchor screws are designed to prevent the weight of the object from pulling nails or screws out of the wall, creating unsightly holes as well as posing a potential safety hazard.
Included for free with many products we buy, some types of anchor screws are not up to the job. In these cases, it is worth your while to purchase better quality, inexpensive screw anchors from your local home center or hardware store. Once they have run their course and are no longer needed, they can become wall barnacles: protrusions that catch low-angle light and are exceedingly difficult to remove.
Learn how to install them correctly as well as how to eliminate them once they have served their purpose.
How to Install Screw Anchors
Light products are often sold with the screws and plastic sleeves already in the pack. Medium-heavy objects, such as mirrors and or shelving, should be hung using toggle bolts.
If the object being hung is especially fragile or valuable, consider purchasing heavy-duty wall screws, such as Toggler SnapSkrus. These self-piloting sleeves come with their own screws and hold up to 65 pounds each in drywall.