I've always been a fan of these:
They always felt more secure than the push-in ones. Plus it was one step to install, instead of having to drill then hammer.
For heavier things or plaster walls I've also used toggle bolts.
Second Ethan's suggestion for EZ-Anchors, except I prefer the metal ones - I find with the plastic ones, either the screwdriver slot strips out too easily if the going gets tough (thick layer of paint or wallpaper, for example), or the tip mushes out before it penetrates (ditto).
Of course, one of the gotchas with these is when you run into a stud with them, and then you have a big hole chewed out... if the site has wooden studs, however, you can use these, and they'll drill right into the wood:
For more holding power, toggles are great, but you're back to the two-stage procedure of drilling a BIG hole first... instead, how about something like this? They drill in like a standard EZ Anchor, then the toggle opens up when you drive the screw in:
There are other variations on the design where the tip splits apart (similar to in Ethan's picture) or in other ways improves the holding strength. Note that ANY type of wall anchors - be they for hollow wall, brick, concrete, etc. - should list what weight they're rated to support, so you can compare based on your requirements.
I rarely use anchors (I find most screws hold good on drywall when carefully using a screw driver, not a drill). Hey, I even install alarm boxes and power supply boxes w/out anchors. When I do use anchors, I favor those used by Ethan.
Pro Focus LLC | 10/08/13 04:20pm
As Ethan said above, these....
I prefer the ones above, over the one with the little blade on them (the first one Matt sugested) I have had those little blades snap on me sooo many times.
Stud. I almost NEVER use drywall anchors if I can avoid it.
But if I cannot - the metal EZ-Anchor is the only way to go.
IPVMU Certified | 10/09/13 04:10pm
these little gems are spendy... they are great for ceiling cameras and are also great for mounting heavier loads (such as monitors or small racks) or where structure isn't available...
Mostly I'm just impressed this thread is still going!
To everyone on this thread, Thank you so much for all the information. It has really helped me a lot.