How to install wall hooks

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How to install wall hooks

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Project Overview

Before you can hang something on the wall, make sure you choose the right hook. Some hooks are for lightweight items and can be drilled directly into the plasterboard. We’ll show you how to install a few types of hooks into a plasterboard wall.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 How to find your wall stud
2 How to install a hook with plastic casing
3 How to install a hook with metal casing
4 How to install a toggle hook
  • Step 1. How to find your wall stud

    When installing hooks that are designed to go into plasterboard, a stud finder will help you locate and avoid drilling into the stud in the wall. 

  • Step 2. How to install a hook with plastic casing

    Start by installing the plastic casing that holds the screw in place. Use a screwdriver or a drill to screw the hook plastic casing directly into the plasterboard. Then screw your hook screw into the casing and you’re done. This kind of hook is ideal for lightweight frames to hang.
  • Step 3. How to install a hook with metal casing

    For a little more strength, use a metal casing to hang your hook. Just like with the plastic hook casing, screw the metal hook casing into the wall. Then screw your hook screw into the metal casing. This pushes the hook toggle out behind the wall to give it more 
  • Step 4. How to install a toggle hook

    Pre-drill your hole in the wall, making sure that you avoid the wall stud. Screw the hook into the hole in the wall. The hook toggles will open up behind the plasterboard to securely hold the hook in place.

Tools and Materials


  • Drill and drill bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Stud finder


  • Wall hooks

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