What are the Best Cavity Wall Fixings?
Cavity wall and plasterboard fixings are designed to provide a secure and solid fixing into plasterboard and hollow surfaces.
Not only are these fixings robust enough for many applications, they’re also quick and easy to install and can be used in walls both in domestic and commercial environments.
Plasterboard fixings are available in a wide range that varies in size and brand; all options available at Fastbuild are long-lasting and trade recommended. Here, we’re going to be covering some of our top choices for plasterboard fixings and when to use them.
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Metal Cavity Fixings
Metal cavity fixings, also know as hollow wall anchors, are a type of plasterboard fixing that is ideal to use when fixing something to plasterboard walls that requires a strong brace.
The metal cavity fixing works by the expanding arms swinging open and pressing into the reverse side of the board. Installing them can be carried out by using a cordless or standard screwdriver or a metal cavity fixings installation tool.
Metal cavity fixings are ideal for fixing lights, towel or curtain rails, and anything else that requires a stronger brace.
Spring Toggle Cavity Fixings
Spring toggle cavity fixings, also known as butterfly toggles, are heavy-duty anchors designed to secure objects to hollow surfaces such as stud walls. They’re fast and easy to install with their spring-loaded wings pre-assembled on the head of the screw.
When the screw is inserted, the metal toggle on the fixing will flatten against the plasterboard to form a vertical brace.
Spring toggle cavity fixings are designed for extra load capacities, making them ideal for hanging shelves and for use with double thickness plasterboard.
Snaptoggle Cavity Wall Anchors
Snaptoggle cavity wall anchors are a strong and versatile choice for a variety of awkward or demanding tasks that involve fixing heavy items to walls or ceilings.
Snaptoggle cavity wall anchors are quick and simple to use. With their pivoting head and patented strap design, snaptoggle cavity wall anchors are able to evenly distribute weight over the metal channel head to prevent any damage to the wall or ceiling.
In standard 12.5mm-thick plasterboard, snaptoggle cavity wall anchors are capable of holding up to 100kg per two fixings used. This makes them the ideal choice when fixing heavier objects such as cabinets, televisions or large mirrors.
Self-Drilling Plasterboard Anchors
Perhaps the easiest way to fix things to plasterboard is through the use of self-drilling plasterboard anchors. These fixings are sturdy and, as the name suggests, do not require you to drill a hole into the plasterboard beforehand.
These particular fixings are ideal for fixing electrical sockets, light switches, pictures and other lightweight wall fixtures.
Which Plasterboard Fixings Are Best?
Each type of plasterboard fixing has its merits and ultimately which one is best for you will depend on the job you’re doing.
Before choosing a plasterboard fixing, consider:
- The thickness of the plasterboard.
- The weight of what you’re fixing.
Also ensure there are no pipes or wires behind the plasterboard and that you follow individual manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to installing any plasterboard fixing.
We hope now you’ll have a better understanding of the different types of plasterboard fixings available and when to use them. If you’re looking for supplies for your next job, check out our range of trade building supplies in stock and available for next day delivery.