Can you use nails on plasterboard?

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Whichever method is used, make sure that you know what is behind the plasterboard and avoid pipes, electric cables etc before fixing the plasterboard. When using nails, they should be galvanised nails, about 30mm (1¼ inch) long for 9.5mm thick plasterboard or 40mm (1½ inch) long for 12.5mm thick plasterboard.

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Also know, can you put nails in plasterboard?

Plasterboard is very soft, being made usually of paper and gypsum, and thin (typically half an inch). This means heavy items when hung can easily pull out nails and screws. Once screwed in (using a drill), just insert the screw inside.

Subsequently, question is, what nails do I use for plasterboard? When using nails, they should be galvanised nails, about 30mm (1¼ inch) long for 9.5mm thick plasterboard or 40mm (1½ inch) long for 12.5mm thick plasterboard. Fixing centres should be about 150mm (6 inches).

Similarly, it is asked, do you have to use plasterboard screws?

You could but it wouldn't be recommended. You should use plasterboard screws for plasterboard with the correctly shaped heads that won't tear the paper or pull through.

How much weight can you hang on drywall?

This can be 5 to 10 pounds, but keep in mind that the drywall is an extremely brittle material and, it is not strong enough to hold the weight for a longer period of time.

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How do you know where to put nails in the wall?

Spot the nails with your eye then knock on the wall directly above the nail location. If the you hear a higher pitch sound above the nails then you've likely found a stud. Just be careful if there are pipes in that same wall.

How much weight can a plasterboard wall hold?

Originally Answered: How much weight can a hollow wall/ plasterboard wall take? Your wall will be able to take as much weight as you can hang on it. Every 12"x12" span of 1/2" drywall can hold 40lb in pull out load, as if you were hanging from a ceiling. The other type of load is shear or pull down load.

How do you tell if you're drilling into a stud?

Make a fist and knock on the wall with your knuckles. In some places, you'll hear a hollow sound. Other areas will sound more “solid.” The “solid” sound indicates you have knocked on a stud. Measure 16 to 25 inches away from either side the first stud and rap on the wall again to hear if you've hit another one.

How do you nail into drywall?

Sink A Plastic Sleeve Anchor (nautical pun unintended)
  1. Mark your hanging point with a pencil.
  2. Take a nail-set, awl, or nail and with a hammer tap a “pilot hole” into the wall.
  3. DO NOT make the hole wider than the anchor.
  4. Place the anchor over the hole and firmly tap it in until it's flush with the wall.

Will a plasterboard wall hold a TV?


For dry-lined plasterboard walls, on the other hand, you can just identify which section of your wall you think is reliable enough for you to fix your TV. Although wall anchors are not suitable for this type of wall as they won't fit behind it, GripIt fixings can be used as they do not penetrate deep behind the wall.

Can you use normal wall plugs in plasterboard?

Fixing to Plasterboard WallsHow to Use Plasterboard Fixings. There are a variety of fixing available just for this but what you cannot do is use ordinary wall plugs. The wallplugs do expand as you screw into them, but the plasterboard is soft and the expansion simply widens the hole you have put the plug into.

Can you hang a TV on the wall without studs?

Use a toggle: If there simply aren't any studs where you want to mount the TV, then you need to use some sort of hollow wall anchor. Mounting a TV on drywall or plaster without attaching to a stud can be a very safe and reliable solution IF you know the limits of the wall and the toggles.

Can you put a shelf up on plasterboard?

To put up a shelf on a plasterboard wall, you will need to find two studs (a stud is the upright wooden support in the wall to which the plasterboard is attached) to anchor your shelf brackets. Use your stud detector to find them, then draw two vertical guides along the lines of the studs.

How do you hang a heavy mirror on a plaster wall?

Hanging Heavy Mirror on Plaster Walls
  1. Step 1: Use a Molly Bolt. One foolproof method to hang heavy mirrors or picture frames is to use a molly bolt.
  2. Step 2: Draw Horizontal Line.
  3. Step 3: Measure & Mark.
  4. Step 4: Drill the Holes.
  5. Step 5: Expand the Anchor Wings.
  6. Step 6: Hang Mirror.

How do you tell if a wall is plaster or drywall?


Push a thumbtack or pin into the wall in an inconspicuous spot to test its hardness. Drywall is softer and won't crack. Plaster is much harder. A plaster wall won't want to take the pin and will probably splinter.

How much weight can toggle bolts hold in plaster?

A slender toggle bolt can hold 30 pounds easily on 1/2" drywall. A 3/8" toggle can safely manage a weight of over 50 lbs. The key to using toggle bolts is to ensure that the wallboard is strong enough to handle the weight.

How do you anchor furniture to plaster walls?

Drill a pilot hole through the plaster and into the stud at each mark, using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the bracket mounting screws. Position the bracket on the wall and fasten it to the stud with long wood screws driven into the pilot holes.

Can I screw straight into plasterboard?

The initial fixing can be screwed directly into plasterboard using only a screw driver and the application of sufficient pressure. Once the fixing is into the plasterboard it can be used to fit all manner of brackets and other lightweight applications to the wall.

What are the best plasterboard fixings?

Plasterboard Fixings
  • Diall Self drill Steel Cavity plug (L)32mm, Pack of 100.
  • Diall Self drill Steel Cavity plug (L)32mm, Pack of 25.
  • Diall Steel Hollow wall anchor (L)46mm, Pack of 100.
  • Diall Steel Hollow wall anchor (L)46mm, Pack of 4.
  • Diall Steel Hollow wall anchor (L)33mm, Pack of 4.
  • Diall Steel Hollow wall anchor (L)46mm, Pack of 50.

How do you hang a heavy mirror without nails?


How to hang a mirror without nails
  1. Start by preparing the wall by wiping it with a damp cloth.
  2. Take a roll of FIX-PRO® Extreme Mounting Tape.
  3. Cut the mounting tape to size - you'll need two pieces that are the same width as the mirror.
  4. Stick the strips of tape onto the back of the mirror.
  5. Remove the backing.

Do you need noggins for 15mm plasterboard?

Noggins not required if you use 15mm board.

How many screws come in a sheet of plasterboard?

How Many Screws Per Sheet of Drywall? Figure on using about 32 drywall screws per sheet of 4-foot by 8-foot drywall installed horizontally on a wall. This total is comprised of four screws on the five middle studs and six screws on each of the two sides.