REPAIR LOOSE DRYWALL ANCHORS

Introduction: REPAIR LOOSE DRYWALL ANCHORS

About: In my shop I have a name for hammer, saw, and plier. The saw is Tess, the hammer's Joe, and Glumdalclitch is the plier. Yes, I'm brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. With that, le…

Here is an easy fix for loose drywall anchors.

Step 1: TYPES OF ANCHORS

This quick fix will work on the straight in type of wall anchors in the first picture. It will not work on the ones that expand behind the walls.

Step 2: INSTALLING a WALL ANCHOR

Of the straight in types of wall anchors, this one is perhaps the most secure. With any of this type, installation is usually to poke a small hole and either tap or screw in the anchor.

Step 3: INSTALL THE REASON FOR THE ANCHOR

I'm showing a coat hook. This method can be used for any wall hanging for which an expandable anchor was NOT used: bathroom towel bars, toilet paper holders, pictures, or any type of hook like the one shown.

Step 4: JARFOLD, WE HAVE a PROBLEM

Oh, oh, the anchor has pulled out of the wall. What do we do?

Step 5: USE EXPANDABLE GLUE

Gorilla Glue and similar products expand when drying and is used a lot in furniture making for that reason: to get tighter joints. If you glob this stuff on the anchor and put the anchor back in the same hole (you might have to use some painter's tape to hold it in place) and let it dry....

Step 6: VOILA!

Let it dry overnight. Now you can hang something heavy on it.

Step 7: HOPE YOU FOUND THAT INFORMATIVE

Of course, if the hole is way beyond the ability of the glue to expand, or if the sheetrock is so damage a patch has to be made, or a host of other reasons this cannot be done, then you have to rethink the solution. My motto: I never have a PROBLEM, I only have a CHALLENGE!

Hope you enjoyed. Comments are always welcomed. I'll enter this in the STICK IT CONTEST and see what happens.

KJ

Stick It! Contest

Participated in the
Stick It! Contest

1 Person Made This Project!

Recommendations

  • The 1000th Contest

    The 1000th Contest
  • Battery Powered Contest

    Battery Powered Contest
  • Hand Tools Only Challenge

    Hand Tools Only Challenge

9 Discussions

0
MikeS1024
MikeS1024

5 weeks ago

Spray a little water on the glue just before you put it in the hole and it will expand much more - a little like spray insulation on a much smaller scale.

0
Kink Jarfold
Kink Jarfold

Reply 5 weeks ago

This works on Gorilla Glue? As Spock would say: Fascinating.

0
MikeS1024
MikeS1024

Reply 5 weeks ago

Yes, that type of Gorilla glue expands to and follows moisture as it sets.

0
Naturecalls88
Naturecalls88

7 weeks ago

Going to try this but with a pencil holder the rubber slip around the tip grip kind glued in first as a reinforcement for the wall....see how it goes

0
Kink Jarfold
Kink Jarfold

Reply 7 weeks ago

I'm curious to see how that works. Add some pictures when and if it works.

0
gravityisweak
gravityisweak

2 years ago

I'll have to try this. My toilet paper roll doesnt want to stay stuck to the wall. It's good for normal use but changing the roll over time is what it hates. My thought was maybe mounting the roll to a small rectangle of wood and attaching the wood to a stud.

0
Kink Jarfold
Kink Jarfold

Reply 2 years ago

Hi, GIW, The TP holder is the first thing I tried this on. I used lots of Gorilla glue. Make sure you let it dry over night. I've also done the block of wood route, but I cut decorative 45s on each corner, routed the edge and stained it and made it look pretty. Good luck.

KJ

0
Thorondor95
Thorondor95

2 years ago

You broke my concentration at the end...

1
puddnheadwilson
puddnheadwilson

2 years ago on Step 7

Great solution for a perennial problem. Thanks for sharing!