Choosing Plasterboard Fixings for Your Specific Application
When attaching something to your plasterboard ceiling, walls, or any other plasterboard fixture in your home, it is important to pay attention to the type of fixings that you use. Since plasterboard is a relatively soft material, using inappropriate fixings can create big holes on the material and destroy it. For this reason, plasterboard fixings are usually used when attaching things on to plasterboard. However, there is also a wide range of plasterboard fixings designed for different applications and tasks. The type of application is very important and should help you find the correct plasterboard fixings. To help you, here are 3 major types of applications and types of plasterboard fixings that suit the applications.
You can directly fix lighter items such as towel rails, small shelves, mirrors, and light switches into the plasterboard material. Therefore, for these light duty tasks, consider using self-drilling plasterboard fixings. These types of fixings have an ease of installation and require limited cavity space. This is because self-drilling fixings will cut their own holes. Besides, they will form their own thread, which means that during the installation, no pre-drilling will be necessary. These fixings come in either nylon or metal.
There are some specialised nylon plasterboard fixings that you should consider using. These specialised fixings have the ability to form-lock within or behind the substrate of the plasterboard material. This is important because the fixings can work well in different panel thicknesses. These specialised nylon fixings will save on space. This means that no cavities behind the plasterboard will be required, making them suitable for dry lining walls.
Medium Duty Applications
Consider metal cavity plasterboard fixings for your medium duty applications. This is because with these types of fixings, the stress of the load behind your plasterboard will be transferred over the wider area of that board. They come in umbrella or toggle types. Toggle plasterboard fixings have a broad splay within the metal cavity, which helps to spread the load on your plasterboard. Umbrella fixings don't have the broad splay but can be removed and remounted more easily.
If you think that the weight of your plasterboard won't be enough to support what you want to attach on to it, you may want to try alternative methods of anchoring it. For instance, if it is a dry-lining task with a block wall behind, consider transferring the load or fixture to the block using long nylon plugs.