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Hanging Things on Metal Studs

We often say that heavy objects that need to be hung on the wall must be attached directly into a stud. When you have steel studs, this can require special blocking before the wall is built -- or special attachment tactics if you want to go directly into the steel stud without wood blocking.

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David F Rogers (Aerospace Engineer) on January 20, 2021 11:07

G'day,

The toggle bolt into the steel stud is all well and good, but...

How do you hang a picture hook on a steel stud using a toggle bolt?

To do that you need a hook with a plate that first goes on the toggle bolt
screw, plus perhaps a fender washer. Then in screw the toggle back onto
the screw and proceed as shown in the video.

Where do you find such a hook with a plate?

Hello David,
Good point. Here is one picture hanger with a wide base that could be used, just use the hole and leave out the nails: https://www.rona.ca/en/picture-hanger-75-lb-capacity-brass-3505248

You could also drill a very small hole through the steel stud and use a MONKEY HOOK- developed since this video was made – they are amazingly strong:
https://monkeyhook.com/

jon

Xandria on January 18, 2021 14:53

Hello!
I'm a first time home owner and I'm trying to hang a mirror on a stud in my bathroom. I went to drill and stud shaved my drill bit completely. I'm presuming this means I have metal/steel studs? And if that's the case, will I have to use this toggle bolt everytime I try to hang something on a stud?

Hello Xandria,

It is unusual for a stud, even a metal stud, to "shave" a drill bit as most of the twist bits are specifically made to cut through thin metal. It could be that you are drilling into a concrete or cinder-block wall. Yes masonry walls will destroy regular twist bits. If you look at the hardware store, you will find specific masonry bits with a carbide head. For easy attaching of moderately light stuff, you could use a masonry screw, often referred to as a TapCon screw -- and they generally come with their own masonry bit just the right size inside the box of screws.

Hope this helps,
Jon

Barry Moore on July 04, 2020 16:29

I want to hang some garage shelves from top of ceiling to about half way down towards floor. The back wall where I'm wanting to do this has metal studs. I want to attach a 2x4 horizontally . Do I use Butterfly Molly toggle bolt ? What size diameter and length? What size drill bit to use and also are metal studs installed just like wood studs ? thank you

Hello Barry,
For garage shelves on a 2x4 you want strong Toggle Bolts -- they are stronger than the spider like Molly bolts. You drill a hole through the 2x4 the diameter of the bolt, and a hole through the drywall and steel stud much larger as stated on the box of bolts itself. Each package tells you how much weight it will hole -- in a garage, make it strong -- let's say as strong as you can find in the store. As for the length you need to have the thickness of the 2x4 (1-1/2") plus the drywall (1/2" or more) plus a tiny bit for the steel stud, plus the length of the wing when it is folded tight against the screw. It needs this extra length to be able to push through the wall and then open up. You will need to drill all your holes first in the 2x4, then hold that to the wall and drill into the drywall just enough to locate the centre of all the larger holes on the wall. Install all the bolts in the 2x4, then work on pushing them all through the wall before tightening any of them. Try to line the wings up so they will line up vertically with the stud to open without obstructions.

Watch the video carefully and you will understand all of that.
go for it -- jon

David on May 25, 2020 14:50

Very concise and helpful!

Gio on October 06, 2017 10:24

How much weight can each toggle bolt carry? I am thinking of hanging a headboard on my wall, on metal studs, but not sure it will carry.

Hi Gio,

On an existing wall and using a fastener that opens up wings or spider legs on the other side of the metal, the fastener will carry the weight described on the package when you bought it. That weight is calculated according to the diameter of the screw and the strength of the nut – the metal stud will spread out the load over a larger area of the drywall, in addition to the strength of the stud itself. So you can rely on what is rated on the package. If you have a headboard over the carrying weight of the toggle bolt -- use two bolts -- the weights add together with each bolt carrying half the weight of the headboard.
Jon

wade Nelson on April 08, 2015 15:32

Excellent video. Have NEVER seen such a short, concise "how-to" on ANY remodel subject. Thank you!

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