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How to Fit Wall Plugs

Wall plugs are essential for hanging anything on your walls. A screw without a wall plug won’t support heavy hangings. Wall plugs expand to securely grip the sides of the hole you have drilled. They are most useful when hanging cabinets, mirrors and shelves, without damaging your walls.

To find out more about different types of wall plugs, and which screw goes with which plug, read out Thomson & Parkes blog. Alternatively, you can give us a quick call on 01562 745 881.

Tools you’ll need

Masonry jobs – a power drill with hammer action is needed (e.g: combi, hammer drill).

Remember to always choose plugs, screws and drills all of the same size.

Safety note

Check first. There could be pipes and wires behind the wall. You can do this by using a multi detector.

Step 1

Decide the positioning of the wall plug. If the location is safe, and checked with a multi detector, mark the spot with a cross, ready to drill later.

Step 2

Choose the correct size of plug for your screws. Opt for wall plugs specifically for plasterboard use if you’re drilling into a stud wall.

Step 3

Mark the length of the plug onto your drill. Do this by holding the wall plug next to the drill and marking the end of the wall plug with tape.

Step 4

Use your drill on a hammer setting. Hold steady and keep the drill square. If it isn’t steady, the hole will be wonky.

Step 5

The wall plug should be a tight fit. Lightly tap with a hammer if needed. When secure, the wall plug is then ready for your screw.

Any questions or enquiries, pop into one of our Thompson & Parkes stores, or call us on 01562 745 881.

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