How to fix heavy items to plasterboard / drywall

one of the most common questions that I
get asked is how fix items to drywall or stud partition walls it is actually
very easy and all you need is a set of magnets like that. these can help tremendously
when you are fixing to a drywall or a stud partition wall you can of course
use plasterboard fixings but plasterboard fixings are nowhere near as strong
as the actual stud which is holding up the plaster board obviously if you’re
installing something such as a TV which would be seriously damaged if it was to
fall from the wall you do need to ensure that it is fixed correctly so this is a
stud wall and as you can see it is actually wallpapered so to start off we
need to find out where the actual studs are so to do that I’m going to use a
small Neodymium magnet like that. All we need to do is rub that over the wall
until the magnet picks something up it can take a while before you actually
find the first one and what we are looking for is the screw head which holding the plasterboard to the studs I’ve actually found one just there
so I’ll just try and find another screw this one there so obviously there is a
stud running down there were the two magnets I will move this way to see if I can find the next stud I’ll now go this way so you can now see the three rows of
magnets and that is where the studs are in this wall so if you were to fix
something very heavy to that wall such as a TV you definitely want to fix
it there where the studs are. If you do that you can simply use a long screw
maybe two or three inches long that will screw straight through the bracket that
you’re using and straight into the wooden stud behind so what you can do now you can
draw a faint line on there you can then take your bracket and you can fix that
on the wall and with this one you can actually just about get all three studs
if you can’t get three you can at least get two of them so you could use that
stud there and that stud there and that will give you your fixing holes to
ensure that the bracket is firmly fixed to the wall these are the coach screws
that have been supplied with the bracket and it is essential that you use these
obviously you can’t just go drilling that straight into the stud you do need
to drill a pilot hole first before you do that you need to find the exact
center of the stud so we have now identified where the screw heads are but we now
need to find the center of the stud that can be done using something like this
this is a small hex key sometimes called an allen key that is the smaller size
that actually have and that is quite rigid and will only leave a small hole if you
don’t have one of these you could use a bradawl, a bradawl is the ideal tool for
doing this so this is the part where the stud is but we now need to locate the
exact center of the stud so to do that I’m going to use it I’m going to get it
I’m going to push it into the drywall or the plaster board you’ll notice that
is it’s solid there so that is where we stud is so I’m just going to come to the
side a little bit it’s still solid there so the stud is still there I’ll then move
about another six mil away this time that has gone all the way through so I’m not going to move in the other
direction solid there, solid again solid again still solid
and again it’s gone straight through by doing that
we obviously know the stud is positioned there so that enables you to use a screw and
you can actually screw in the dead center of that and then you are
confident that you are in the center of the stub if you got to the side of the
stud obviously if the screw will not take much weight and there is a chance
that the screw could pull out of the timber. I hope you have enjoyed watching
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  1. I’m still extremely busy working on site, but I’m trying my upmost to get some videos filmed and edited. I’m home alone for the weekend so have a few more videos in the pipeline 😉
    I hope everyone has a great weekend and makes the most of the bank holiday.
    Please like, share and leave a comment if you can!

  2. when mounting the tv, should i use screws or nails, and should i pre drill through the front to reduce splitting the glass?

  3. Magnets… genius, I will do this next time. As mentioned elsewhere in the comments I had an electronic stud finder but it was about as much use as a dowsing rod.

  4. I bought some countersunk magnets like these after watching one of your early videos, they are so useful! Made fixing hooks to my garage ceiling super fast and simple.

  5. This reminds me a time a few months ago when I was installing a floating shelf for my parents in the laundry. I got the centre of the stud and predrilled then water started leaking out of the wall. Turns out right where I decide to drill was the centre of stud and also the centre of a water pipe going through that stud

  6. Dead Reconing. It works all the time. A lot of people would have simply used drywall anchors or toggle bolts and risk the heavy object would be safe hanging on these. An expensive mistake. Yet another great video. Thank you!

  7. I didn't watch the whole video, but the magnets didn't work for me at all, I put the magnets on the wall until they stuck, put my TV onto the magnets but I guess they weren't strong enough? Because my TV just Slid down the wall and shattered the screen.

  8. If you hot glue a length of drain plug chain, say 1.5 meters long, to the magnet you can swing the magnet back and forth across the wall till the magnet stops. Then let go of the chain and this will give you a plumb line to the floor, meaning you only need to find one screw in the first place.

  9. Thank you for another great video. I will be using the very same tip this weekend as I'm installing a TV rack for the grumpy teenage nephew. No bank holiday in Dublin, but the weather is sweet for a few outdoor projects. Keep up the fantastic work. Your videos are a welcome treat.

  10. Wish i had seen this before i put up me mums coat rack in the cupboard, damn! Great stuff as usual.

  11. This is good to know, because apparently every Dad on Earth can't use stud finders because they just set them off.

  12. magnetized levels are the tits for this, gets a large coverage, let's you measure and level all with one tool.

  13. Great video. Life has become a constant challenge for an old man, since they started building house interiors
    out of plasterboard instead of bricks — like they used to do in the good old day!!!

    What I would like to see is a video on how to stop creaking floor boards in a carpeted room and stairs, without having to lift the carpet. I'm finding it totally impossible to sneak around my house without letting the entire street know that I'm on the move.

  14. Nice idea, should work for metal studs as well as their noggins. I always find a stud finder to be hit and miss, though once you've found the first one the others are easy to find as they will be either 400 or 600mm apart in the UK

  15. Hello and thanks again for another of your excellent videos. I need to fix a smoke alarm to a normal suspended plasterboard ceiling. Are standard wall/rawl plugs ok for this? Thanks again.   Ian

  16. If I may ask, I saw the studs are timber. How does that work with the magnet? From where I am the studs are made of metal so that makes very much sense on locating them with the magnets.
    Also, is there any logic in placing a metal washer where the anchor drives in the wall, in order to dispurse the pressure and weight..?

  17. for extra security ,can u use plaster mount screws where the bracket mount does not reach the next stud ?

  18. I never thought of this and what a great tip for anyone living in a modern house. My father lives in a much older house and has brickwork under the plaster, much easier to hang heavy cabinets etc from. A big thumbs up.

  19. Great tips for all of the DIY'ers out there. You'd be surprised how many drywall repairs I do for homeowners that have failed at hanging a heavy mirror or piece of art. Take care, -Paul

  20. I also bought small neodymium magnets as you mentioned in an earlier video.
    Clients are fascinated when I use them! Good tip.

  21. Another great video. I have problems with plasterboard which is simply stuck to brickwork, rather than on studs, with little voidage behind. What advice can you offer for these?

  22. Good video. How would you recommend fixing a tv bracket such as the one in the video, to a dot and dab plasterboard wall?

  23. So you can screw straight into the stud, without any fixing? That's a lot easier than using spring toggles.

    I've heard there is a danger of wires located on studs though, is there any truth in that? Is it worth double checking with a detector? (I realise they're not always super accurate)

  24. @Ultimate Handyman: You've had a fantastic set of three videos on plasterboard fittings, including the strength test one. In this one you've talked about hanging heavy objects via studs. However, as most of us in the UK know, the use of stud walls in the UK is perhaps not as common as in the US. In many cases, what we have are walls with a layer of drywall, an empty cavity, and masonry. When I was putting up my television, I found this to be particularly challenging. Presumably the job should involve hollow wall anchors, but some people find it necessary to also use an extra bracket. It would be interesting for you to touch on this topic in the future.

  25. Great video thank you, my recent problem i seem to have run into with mounting tvs above fireplaces is there are no studs, i have always recommended removing sheet rock and bury at least half inch plywood into what studs there are, at least when i walk away i know their new tv wont end up on the floor, to me its a piece of mind

  26. Wow I think this is one of the best videos I've seen on hanging on plaster, and I've watched a ton! I love that trick for finding the center of the stud, not a lot of people go into detail about that.

  27. Hi, do you think a metal sheet stud would stand a 65 inch TV that weights 25kgs, knowing that the one who did my wall confirmed that he had doubled the metal sheets support in the whole wall. Thank you for a great video.

  28. Hi thanks for the video. can you advise me on putting up a 40kg 1.5m metre round mirror on to a new plaster board wall. I have to small screw holes on the back of the mirror for a screw to fit though (screw head would have to be 8mm) they are separated by 48 cm. Can I use two m4 wall anchors at either point? I was looking at the fischer brand and they recommend 15kg per anchor suggesting this would fall apart. However they apply this weight to both sheer and tension stress as far as I can see. Any thoughts?


  29. i want to fit a microwave bracket, is it ok to fit to a stud and use toggle plasterboard fixings on the other side?

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