How do you fit a bracket to a wall ? Got screws, screw-plugs.. but how to fit it up ?

Hi

I bought one of these hard-floor upright vax cleaners for my mum (save her cleaning kitchen floor with a floor rag on her old knees).

Its same as this:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vax-Wash-And-Dry-Hard-Floor-Cleaner-Mod-V-005_W0QQitemZ290093712651QQcategoryZ20617QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting

There is a bracket which comes with it, screws, plastic screw-plugs… so it could be conventiently hung up on a wall when not in use (like under the stairs).

I’d like to fit that part up but don’t know how. I’ve got a device to check theres no live electricity cables behind the wall, and I’ve got an electric drill set. Last time I tried to put shelves up I destroyed the wall… well left big holes in it anyway which were too big for the screw plugs.

What’s the best way and order in which to drill/fit screws/screw-plugs for such a thing please ? (I’ve always wanted to know this) Thanks.

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12 Responses to “How do you fit a bracket to a wall ? Got screws, screw-plugs.. but how to fit it up ?”

  1. Peter V says:

    Depends on the type of wall, in my country, usually brick. Find a secluded spot where your vax may be hung out of the way. The drill should be the correct size as prescribed. Fit drill to drilling machine. Use bracket to measure the holes from bracket onto the wall with a pencil, making little circles on the wall which corresponds exactly to the dimesions and distance between the holes in the bracket. In the centre of each such marking, pop a little indent where the bit of your drill will enter the wall – that keeps it centre. You can fit a depth collar to the drill, ensuring it goes only to the required depth and not right through.

    Drill the hole. Fit the rawl plugs. Place the bracket over the holes (now with the rawl plugs tapped into them) and affix with the screws supplied.

    Test its strength before hanging up Mom’s vac. Remove dust, drillings and tools.

    You’ve earned a kiss from Mom.

  2. keith c says:

    Start a hole in the wall about half the size of your plugs then force the plugs through that. When the plugs are in screw the bracket to the wall by inserting the screws through the holes in the bracket and into the plugs. This will open the plugs behind the wall and hold the bracket in place.

  3. Mike says:

    Look at the instructions.

    They should indicate which size drill bit.

    Drill the hole
    Push the screw-plug in
    screw the screw into the plug.

    The screw should expand the plug in the drywall which will make it hold. Don’t screw all the way in, just enough to hang your vax.

  4. ice queen says:

    it depends on the screw size and raw plug size i had similar problems putting up brackets for shelves im afraid i cheated and went to b and q and asked there advice i took my drill and screws and drillpeices and they told me which drill peice to use hope this helps

  5. nicemanvery says:

    Simple mate , just hold the bracket level on the wall mark through the screw holes get the right size bit to match the plugs ( nice n tight ) gently drill the holes tap the plugs in and start screwing .

  6. SoftTSoul says:

    If your walls are made of plaster board or dry wall – you’ll need to find a vertical stud behind the wall using a stud-finder. Sold at a hardware business. Then you wouldn’t need the plugs (unless they are to cover the screws for decorative purposes) as the stud secures the bracket with the screws. Using this method the weight of the vax won’t cause any damage by tearing out the wall when hung up.

  7. BO$$ says:

    you’re a very good son and make your mom happy
    it’s very easy, even myself can do it:

    drill a hole on wall using an electric drill
    insert the plastic screw plug into the hole
    screw in the screw on the screw plug (hope i won’t confuse you)

    if you think you’ll screw everthing up, pls do some practise on other wall first.

    good luck

  8. tommyvarela says:

    first you have to locate the wall studs with a stud finder. they should be approx. 16 inches apart.. then drill a small hole for the anchor screws.. it should be some what tight. make sure you hit the stud.. and thats it.

  9. jayktee96 says:

    If you are near me (Edinburgh) mail me and I’ll come and show you, and do it for you. (for free)

  10. DC says:

    Make sure you have a quality drill and drill bit or you will end up making big holes.

    1 – Drill holes
    2 – Insert raw plugs, which should fit snuggly into the holes.
    3 – Screw the bracket up…………..

  11. billysmith002005 says:

    items required are : Masonry Drill usually number 8 gauge,Spirit Level,Screwdriver,wall plugs & woodscrews.
    Drill ONE hole in wall (after checking there is nothing under the plaster ).Insert wall plug & place bracket with screw in position.Tighten screw through bracket & tap into final position.Drill remaining holes through bracket then loosen screw.Continue to drill to final depth,insert remaining wallplugs & screws & job done!! If it is only a plasterboard wall it will be neccessary to obtain some plasterboard plugs.(directions are on the box.)

  12. johncob says:

    We sort your Fixing techniques first!
    What type of wall? Plasterboard (studwall or dryline), Plaster on Brick? Plaster on Lightweight block(Breeze or Tharmalite) Plaster on cast concrete?
    Simple Rule 1… Screw must always go minimum 1 inch into brick/wood whatever. Plaster is about 1/2 inch thick, so minimum screw length is 1 1/2 inches + thickness of whatever you are attaching.
    For plasterboard studwall(timber frame) if you can identify with your detector, thats great, ‘ordinary’ woodscrew will suffice, for length see ‘Rule 1’ If its a hollow wall, and you cant find a convenient stud, use these fixings (link for illustration only, get the fixing in DIY store.
    http://www.acefixings.com/products/cat/57/plasterboard-fixings/interset-cavity-fixings/
    Be sure to get the right size for plasterboard. You can drill the hole with a sharp ‘ordinary’ drill. no need for masonary with plasterboard.
    If its Plaster on Brick, ,set your drill to ‘hammer’,Use a masonary drill (ones with the insert in the bit, often silvery coloured) Size depends on the screw you are using, general usage, 8 gauge screw, red rawlplug, 6 mm drill: bit heavier, 10 gauge screw,brown rawlplug, 7 mm drill. always use a sharp drill, always be sure you are deep enough to allow the screw to fit (try with the screw) For minimum depth, see ‘Rule 1’
    If its Plaster on Breeze block or thermalite (like crunchy bar) use a masonary drill, slowly, no hammer on the drill
    For cast concrete, the ‘black & decker’ hammer drill will not do. You need a pnuematic hammer drill with an SDS bit.

    So now, your bracket. Place on the wall, mark one hole, put a cross 1 inch lines (then you can see whats going on when you have drilled) insert your plug / fixing, secure your bracket with one screw. Using a spirit level, get the bracket level, mark the position, again a 1 inch cross. Drill the hole as before, insert the plug, engage both screws, tighten up.

    Any probs, mail me, my email is on my profile

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