elfa Drywall & Plaster Anchors
Shockingly sturdy drywall anchors
These anchors are impressive: I have a couple hundred pounds of books and rolls of photographic paper for my office that is all supported by an Elfa track that hit only one stud and the other eight spots are all Elfa anchors.
My walls are 5/8" drywall, so I cannot speak to the reviewers with negative experiences in plaster. For drywall, I have faith that these are just as good as having hit a stud. You need to have a 3/8" drill bit, and sometimes the hole needs to be rounded out a bit more. I simply used a hammer instead of the advised plastic mallet to tap the anchor into the hole. My theory being that gentle taps of a hammer are essentially equivalent: I think Elfa was convinced people would really "swing" a hammer and do more damage than good, hence the suggestion for a mallet. Your mileage may vary.
I will say that the only real negative is that each anchor does take a while to install if done according to the directions: I start each one with an electric screwdriver and then switch to a hand screwdriver....but I feel like I am turning and turning for an eternity. Finally, just when my hand starts to give out, the screw won't turn any more (voila, the anchor is in place.) I suppose I am just superstitious enough about their directions that I have not chanced going further with the electric screwdriver.
I have found that these are useful anchors to have on hand for other projects. When placing a 60" television on the wall (80 pounds), the bracket hit two studs: one on the extreme left end, one in the center. I wanted something to support the rightmost end of the bracket, so I popped in an Elfa anchor. The TV is still on the wall!
April 15, 2014
Holy cow! Where the heck have I been? Where the heck have these wall anchors been? This product made the job super simple! So, you drill the hole in the wall using the small drill bit. If it hit a stud, great, you are good. If it didn't, use these wall anchors, and feel just as secure and confidant about the job! Amazing! you WILL use these for other projects -whether Container Store related, or not! If I can do it - ANYONE can!
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April 1, 2014
We have a 100 year old home with 100 year old plaster walls. The grittier, hairier interior texture of these walls simply tear up these anchors
March 23, 2014
Work so far
These were pretty easy to install once we got the hole size large enough. I'd never seen an anchor like this before--very unique design. So far, the shelf seems to be holding up well. Time will tell how well the anchors hold. One thing that was curious was that after tightening to a certain point, the screw just appeared to spin freely after that. The top track seemed like it was well secured, though. Maybe that's just the nature of the design.
March 23, 2014