TYPES OF PLASTERBOARD RAW PLUGS – If you have plasterboard walls (drywalls) and you want to fix anything to the wall, such as a picture or something heavier like a shelf, then you are going to need to use the right types of plasterboard raw plugs to ensure whatever you put up stays up.
There are a number of plasterboard raw plugs on the market and most are designed for specific jobs, each relating the the weight of the object you want to fix to the plasterboard wall. Here’s a quick insight for the varieties of plasterboard raw plugs available and what they are designed for.
Safety Tip: Remember that a Plasterboard wall is constructed using stud partitioning, either from timber or steel, and behind the wall you may find pipes and electrical cables, so use a Multipurpose Detector and run this across the area you intend to drill before drilling into the plasterboard wall.
Nylon Plasterboard Raw Plug – These are very common and used an awful lot in homes that have plasterboard walls. They are designed to hold up light-weight objects, just as hanging a picture or a towel ring. These work by inserting them into the wall and once you screw in your screw it compacts the raw plug stopping it from moving or coming out of the wall.
Nylon Arrow Head Raw Plug – These are almost identical to the raw plug above except it has an ‘Arrow Head’. These are designed to hold light to medium-weight objects. When you place this in the wall and apply your screw the arrow head opens outwards providing a nice strong anchor to the rear side of the plasterboard.
Intercept Fixing – These are mainly of galvanized steel and generally come with a clamping gun (although you can use them without one). These are designed to hold heavy-weight objects. They work by inserting the raw plug into the wall and then using the clamping gun to splay the metal prongs so that they spread out and anchor against the plasterboard.
Spring Anchor Fixing – These are made of galvanized steel and are designed to be used if you are putting up heavy objects, such as a shelf that will take a lot of weight. You use these by closing the spring clamps and then inserting into the wall. Once the raw plug reaches the other side of the plasterboard the clamps spring open and as you tighten the screw the clamps get anchored to the back side of the plasterboard.
Screw In Plasterboard Raw Plug – These are made of galvanized steel and come as an all in one – that is the screw and raw plug come as one. You do not have to drill a hole for these as they are designed to be screwed directly into the plasterboard. Simply remove the screw and then screw the raw plug into the wall and then screw the screw into place. These types of raw plugs are generally useful for light-weight objects.
Always ensure you use the right sized drill bit as this will ensure that the raw plug fits properly into the wall. Almost all manufacturers will print information on the raw plug packaging as to the size of the drill bit required.
Always wear safety goggles when drilling any hole. You really don’t want to get anything in your eye.
Remember the safety advice above and always use a multipurpose detector to ensure you are not drilling into cables or pipes.