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Question What anchors for sheetrock?

I'm kinda confused what type of anchors to use for Sheetrock to install a tv mount. Is it the same drywall type anchors? Any ideas anyone?


Also on a different note, this is an older house and all the walls incl. the ceiling are all sheetrock. I was gonna eventually remodel and take it all out but then I was surprised to read on here about the sound characteristic of it I *can* keep it and work with it if its going to be of benifit in my "movie room"
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You should never hang a TV from drywall.. You need to anchor it into the studs behind the drywall...
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You should never hang a TV from drywall.. You need to anchor it into the studs behind the drywall...
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The TV mount definitely needs to be mounted to the structural framing behind the drywall, not to the drywall itself.

Lag bolts are commonly used for this.

You need a very solid connection between the mount and the structure to safely support the weight.

Drywall is not structural and can only support very lightweight/decorative items... picture frames, things of that nature.

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I'm kinda confused what type of anchors to use for Sheetrock to install a tv mount. Is it the same drywall type anchors? Any ideas anyone?


Also on a different note, this is an older house and all the walls incl. the ceiling are all sheetrock. I was gonna eventually remodel and take it all out but then I was surprised to read on here about the sound characteristic of it I *can* keep it and work with it if its going to be of benifit in my "movie room"

Sheetrock = drywall, it's one of many manufacturers (kinda like Xerox = photocopier).


As many others have said, a TV needs to be mounted into studs with lag bolts.


I'm not sure what you've read about sound(proofing or acoustical) properties of drywall and to what you're comparing it. If you ripped out all the drywall in your house, as you mentioned you had planned, with what would you replace it?

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Well someone put some rock solid popcorn stuff on all the walls etc. and the ol lady did not like it lol so that seemed like the only way to get rid of the popcorn stufd but we decided its too much hassle now...
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Well someone put some rock solid popcorn stuff on all the walls etc. and the ol lady did not like it lol so that seemed like the only way to get rid of the popcorn stufd but we decided its too much hassle now...

Texture can be removed, though it's labor intensive and messy. There's no need to remove drywall, and it doesn't make much sense to replace drywall with something else (plywood, plaster, or otherwise).

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So, wait a second - let me make sure we're talking about the same thing here. The so called sheetrock I'm talking about or was told that what it was, looks like a slab of cement with a metal grate embedded in it - is that the same sheetrock? Sorry guys I'm not too firmiliar with much of that stuff lol.


Niccolo, no we changed our minds about it. Just gonna work with it.


Thanks got the advice guys, the wall is a load bearing wall seperating the two rooms so it definately got the studs in it. The stud finder can never find the studs I assume its because of the sheetrock and that metal grate in it that is throwing it off... guess I will have to use trial and error to find them... Good thing I got a bunch of paint left over and wall filler lol.
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What you have is lathe and plaster and not sheetrock but still no good to anchor to. Hit the studs. They are usually spaced 16" apart.

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metal mesh and plaster probably not wood lathe
This may be what he has still needs to hit the studs with the lag bolts:

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Thanks guys! Im going to make sure I get the screws into the studs.
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you could drill some small holes in the wall in the area behind where the tv will hang, then use a coat hanger (straightened) and poke to the left and right to determine stud locations. Once you think you know, drill small pilot holes where you want the lag bolts to be sure you hit wood.
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BigmouthinDC thats a great idea! I will do that cos the metal mesh in the wall got the stud finder going nuts.
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is the wall the same on the other side? if not you could try your finder there
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If you haven't bought the Lag Bolts yet these make an excellent substitute. Available at Home Depot, Lowe's and Ace.

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the head shape might not mate well with the wall bracket. Need to check. May need a washer.
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I would use 2 7/8" HEADloks, not ledgerloks.. Even then, that is overkill.. I have always used construction screws with a fender washer..
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BigmouthinDC thats a great idea! I will do that cos the metal mesh in the wall got the stud finder going nuts.

Even if you can't get a stud finder to work, the old handyman trick of tapping the wall may help. The wall will feel more solid and "dead" on top of a stud as compared to the sections in between, where it will feel more hollow and resonate more.

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