What type of wall plug to use to hang things a clear guide

What type of wall plug to use to hang things | a clear guide

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Sometimes, in your workshop or at home, you have something to hang.

No matter if it’s a frame, a mirror, a cabinet, or a TV mount, if you want to hang things on a wall for a long time, you will need the right wall plug.

But which wall plug should you use? There are so many varieties!
That huge amount of wall plug types makes it hard to decide which one to use.
After all, you don’t want to pick the wrong wall plug and taking the risk things falling down after a while.

Well, thanks to this blog, this will no longer be a difficult choice.

After reading this blog, you will know exactly which wall plug you need for your job.

Tip: save this blog in your favorites, if you ever need to hang something you can decide in no time which wall plug to buy.

Do you need to use wall plugs?

If you want to fix things on a wooden wall, you don’t need plugs.
The screw can grip perfectly in the wood and ensure a firm fixation.

However, if you want to fix things to a wall that is not made of wood, such as drywall, aerated concrete, hollow bricks, or concrete, you need a suitable plug.

In this article, you can quickly and easily find out which wall plug is most suitable for your job.

Types of walls

To find the right wall plug to use, it is important to know what material the wall or ceiling is made of. I will discuss some of the most common building materials, so you can recognize them easily.

Hollow bricks

Many walls are built of hollow bricks. The red stone consists of baked clay. The inside side consists of a grid structure so that the weight remains limited, but a high degree of sturdiness is still guaranteed. Depending on where you drill in this stone, when drilling you can sometimes end up in hollow spaces in the grid and quickly go through the stone. When drilling, fine red drill dust is produced.

Another material used for hollow building blocks is concrete. When you want to drill in these stones, you will notice that this goes a lot less smoothly. The drilling dust that is released during drilling is gray and grainy.


A very popular building material nowadays is drywall. This sheet material consists of a plaster core, with a cardboard layer on both sides. The plate rather thin, about nine to twelve millimeters thick. So when you want to drill in a wall made from drywall, your drill suddenly shoots through. That way you know your wall is made from drywall. Also, you will recognize the sticky white drill dust.

Aerated concrete

Aerated concrete is a light, well-insulating white building block. The stone is soft, so drilling goes very smooth and regular. When you drill in aerated concrete walls, it will produce dry, very fine, drill dust.

Wooden walls

There are also houses in timber frame construction, where the walls consist mostly of OSB. However, you should not use a wall plug here because you screw directly into the wood.

Tools you need to drill holes

It doesn’t really matter whether you opt for a corded device or cordless.

The only thing you have to pay attention to is that a hammer drill function is present, with lighter screw drills this function can sometimes be missing.

If you want to drill in concrete, you can also choose an impact drill with an SDS head.

The advantage is that it will drill faster in concrete, but the drill hole will be less clean.

For the choice of the drill, go for a masonry drill. Unlike a metal drill or wood drill, a masonry drill has no sharp point or edge. Drilling with a rock drill is done by vibration.


If you need to drill a hole in ceramic tiles, you must use a tile drill with a diamond head or a glass drill with a carbide tip. Also, always switch off the hammer drill function, otherwise, ceramic tiles will break.

What type of wall plug to use

Ok, now that you can recognize what material your wall is built from and which tools you need to drill holes, you can determine which plug you need to use.

For each material from which walls can be built, I will discuss a few wall plugs from which you can select the wall plug that is most suitable for your job.

Wall plugs for hollow bricks

Universal wall plug

The first wall plug that you can use for hollow stones is the universal wall plug. The name “universal” explains itself, you can use this wall plug in many situations, such as with hollow stones.

When you use a universal wall plug, it is best to pay attention to the drill and screw diameter, as well as the length of the screw.

Depending on the space available on the inside of the hollow stone, the plug will form a “knot” when the screw is tightened.

Hammer fixing plug

The hammer fixing plug can be described as a combination of a plug and a nail screw.

After the hole has been drilled in the wall, you can simply knock the plug into place. In most cases, you will install the wall plug in the wall if it has already been placed through the piece you want to hang.

The advantage of this wall plug is that you save time with this type of plug by not having to screw.

A hammer fixing plug is stuck a lot deeper in the wall than a universal plug. The plug itself will spread open in the borehole.

Chemical anchor

As a final anchor for hollow stones, you can use the chemical anchor. For this, you drill a normal drill hole. Inject the chemical anchor deep into the hole until it is full from the end to the beginning. Then insert the threaded rod with a slight twisting motion.

The chemical anchor will quickly harden and form a rock hard plug. As a result, the threaded rod is firmly anchored in the wall.

Wall plugs for drywall

Universal drywall plug

When using this type of wall plug, make sure that the screw is long enough. Your screw should extend beyond the end of the plug. Because the screw goes through the plug, this wall plug will contract and form a block at the rear of the drywall.

Self-Drilling Drywall Anchor

The advantage of these types of wall plugs is that you don’t have to drill. The tip finds its own way into the sheet material. Then you simply tighten your screw, or your hook, into the plug.

The drill point, which ensures that the plug goes through the drywall, is pushed aside when you place the screw.

Toggle Bolt

The toggle bolt has two sprung wings that spread out once they pass through the borehole. Then screw the whole thing together.

Wall plugs for aerated concrete

Chemical anchor

A chemical anchoring can also be used in aerated concrete. The difference with hollow stones is that when drilling, you have to make a drill hole that widens out at the back. You make such a hole with a cone drill.

The chemical anchor can be used in the same way as with hollow stones to fix threaded rods in aerated concrete.

Aerated concrete plug

You can use this aerated concrete plug with spiral ribs to hang lighter weights. It is a lot faster to use than a chemical anchor, you insert this wall plug into the drill hole with a hammer and you can place your screw immediately.

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Wall plugs for concrete

Universele plug

The universal wall plug can also be used in concrete, a solid material. However, here the plug cannot spread open or cross-link.
What happens is that the plug expands and presses against the edges of the drilled hole.

Expanding Shield Anchor

If you want to secure things in concrete, you can opt for a metal anchor. Make sure that when you are going to use it for an outdoor application that it is corrosion-resistant.

Installation is very simple. Drill a hole and place the metal anchor by hitting it into the hole with a hammer.
By tightening the nut of the anchor, it clamps itself in the concrete.

Chemical anchor

A chemical anchor is also a good choice for fixing things on a concrete surface.

Just like with hollow bricks, you inject the chemical anchor deep into the hole until it is full from the end to the beginning. Then insert the threaded rod with a slight twisting motion.

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