Trust me, installing plastic anchors and screws without cursing can be done! That is unless you are a sailor or you are like the dad in A Christmas Story and weave tapestries of “fudges” and other not so nice vocabulary.
Today, I installed lots of anchor screws for different projects in our new home. Two for the hanging wall shelf, two for a hook to hang our robes, and four for two hanger thingies for my purses and scarfs. It’s been a busy organizing morning – my favorite type of morning! This is what my side of the bathroom looked like before getting the shelf hung and things put in place…
Not the calm relaxing vibe I was going for!
For the project I used a couple items:
1 electric drill
1 drill bit sized 5/32″
1 phillips head drill bit
#8-10 x 1″ Ribbed Plastic Anchors
1 tape measure (Isn’t it cute with the chevron pattern! Yippeee for Hobby Lobby!)
Now before beginning I did check to make sure that the screw would fit with the opening for the shelf and that the head of it was wide enough to hold the shelf in place…
Then I held the shelf up where I wanted it and made a mark on the wall for the first location to drill. Next I used my tape measure to determine the distance between the two holes in either end of the back of the shelf that the screws would fit into. I used that measurement to mark the second location on the wall to drill. Don’t forget to verify with the level that these two marks are level with each other. Now, it was time to drill some holes in the wall that the plastic anchors would be put. For the #8 – 10 x 1″plastic anchors that I used, a 5/32″ drill bit was used to make the holes. Once the holes were made, the anchors were put into the holes as far as they would go and then I used the hammer to tap the anchors into the holes to be flush with the wall.
Remember, you are not banging a nail in the wall here. Be gentle and patient at this point. Just tap the anchor into the wall and don’t bang on it like you would a nail or creepy cockroach. Have you seen the golfing moving Happy Gilmore? Remember when Sandler was told about getting the golf ball into the hole “Just tap it in. Just tap it in.” That’s what I’m tell you now. Otherwise, you’ll be screaming at the anchor like the character Happy saying, “@#! That’s your home! Why don’t you just go home!”
Here’s where I didn’t tap it in…
So why is it crumpled up? I should have just tapped it in! LOL
Ok, I pulled that messed up anchor out of the wall and started over with more patience. Then I used my drill to put the screws in the plastic anchor. Somehow I managed to lift the shelf into place. Nary a curse word slipped pasted my lips during this entire project! Yea me! Here’s how the area turned out…
Ahhh spa time!