Wall Fixings Buying Guide
5 June 2023
Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or a professional handyman, getting the right wall fixings is an essential part of any construction or home improvement project. However, choosing the right type of bolts and screws can be a daunting task, considering the numerous options available.
FR Scott Ltd have been Hull’s go-to supplier of fixings and fasteners for over 75 years. Our online brand Fix and Fast now offers that same trusted advice and quality products to businesses and the public across the UK.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the different types of wall fixings for brick along with wooden wall fixings. This wall fastener guide will help you make informed decisions and achieve sturdy, long-lasting results.
What are the different types of wall fixings?
Wood screws are commonly used for fastening objects to wooden surfaces, such as wall studs or wooden frames. They feature sharp, coarse threads that provide excellent grip in wood. When selecting wood screws, consider the length, gauge (diameter), and head type (round head or countersunk head) based on your specific project requirements.
Specifically designed for fixing items to drywall or plasterboard. Drywall screws have a self-drilling point or needle point along with fine or coarse threads that allow them to penetrate the material effectively. Their bugle-shaped heads sit flush with the surface, minimising the risk of protrusion. Make sure to choose the right length of drywall screws based on the thickness of the material you are working with.
For securing objects to masonry surfaces like concrete or brick, masonry screws are your go-to option. These screws have a hardened steel construction and come with special thread designs that provide excellent grip and resistance to vibration. They eliminate the need for anchors or plugs and offer a more straightforward installation process.
Anchors and Plugs
When you need to fix objects to solid walls made of materials like concrete, brick, or stone, anchors and wall plugs are indispensable. Anchors expand within the wall, providing a secure hold. Wall plugs are inserted into pre-drilled holes and create a stable base for screws. Common types include plastic plugs, metal anchors, and chemical anchors. Ensure you choose the appropriate size and type of anchor/plug for your wall material. Our Rawlplug studs and KEM-11 resin are a popular choice due to their easy application.
Wall plugs provide a durable and secure anchor point for screws, preventing them from stripping or loosening over time. They are various types and available in various materials dependant on your needs. Plastic wall plugs are generally the cheaper option, whilst nylon wall plugs offer additional support once inserted and screwed into. For the heavier wall fixings Rawlplug hammer in nylon or metal fixings are generally more suitable. If you are stuck or unsure give our sales team a call on 01482 324731.
Toggle bolts are heavy-duty fasteners used for mounting objects to hollow walls, such as drywall or plasterboard. Where there is no underlying stud or solid structure. They consist of a machine screw connected to a spring-loaded wing-like mechanism. Once inserted through the wall, the wings open up to provide a robust anchoring point.
Where can I buy wall fixings?
By understanding the different types of bolts and screws used for wall fixings, you can ensure the success and longevity of your DIY projects. From wood screws for wooden surfaces to toggle bolts for hollow walls and masonry screws for solid materials, each type serves a specific purpose. By considering factors such as material compatibility, load-bearing capacity along with ease of installation, you can confidently select the appropriate fixings for your project.
So, grab your toolbox and embark on your next wall-fixing adventure with newfound knowledge and confidence. Our fully stocked Trade Counter has a huge range of all the fixings discussed in the majority of sizes. If you are still unsure of the fixing you need our experienced, specialist team are happy to help. Alternatively, you can shop at our online store Fix and Fast with free delivery on orders over £30 and the option to open a trade account