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Toggle Bolts

Applications for Toggle Bolts

At All Points Fasteners, we sell toggle bolts for industrial applications. Our toggle bolts are sold in bulk making them the perfect solution for electrical contractors looking to install ceiling fans or other dynamic objects. They can also be used by general contractors to install gutters or blinds. We do not sell individual toggle bolts and do not have information on installing toggle bolts for at-home applications like TV mounting.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions on industrial uses for toggle bolts.

What is a Toggle bolt

Sometimes referred to as “butterfly anchors,” the term “toggle bolts” describes fasteners used for hanging objects on hollow wall systems, like plaster and drywall. This type of fastener is commonly used to hang items from ceilings, such as plants and mobiles.

A toggle bolt drywall anchor has spring-loaded wings that open inside the hollow wall, which enables it to brace against the wall and hold the fastener securely in place. The fastener’s wings, which are much larger than the actual bolt, spread the weight of the (fastened) item over a larger area. This increases the weight the bolt can secure, compared to a regular bolt.

Sizing Toggle Bolts

The length of the lag screw is critical for ensuring that the shield can expand properly. To find a machine screw with sufficient length, consider the depth of embedment of the shield, the thickness of the material being fastened and the space required for any washers.

Are you wondering how much weight can a wall anchor hold? A drywall toggle anchor can be very strong. A slender heavy-duty toggle bolt can hold 30 pounds easily on 1/2″ drywall. A 3/8″ toggle can safely manage a weight of over 50 lbs. The key to using toggle bolts is to ensure that the wallboard is strong enough to handle the weight. In most cases, the wallboard will fail before the toggle bolt anchor does.

Diameters for toggle bolts include:
• 1/8”
• 3/16”
• 1/4″
• 5/16”
• 3/8”
• 1/2″

How to Use Toggle Bolts

When installing a toggle bolt, to keep the plaster from cracking, use two pieces of painter’s tape to mark the spot where you intend to drill. The drill bit must have a size slightly larger than the butterfly wings when closed on the toggle bolt. For example, use a 3/8″ drill bit to create the hole for a 1/8″ toggle and a 1 1/4″ bit for a 1/2” toggle. Drill through the tape and the wall. Then, carefully withdraw the drill bit straight out of the hole and remove the tape.

Put the fastener onto the toggle bolt, then thread the butterfly wings onto the bolt. Squeeze the butterfly and pass it through the hole until it opens. Tighten the bolts by hand and finish tightening with a screwdriver. Do not over-tighten the bolt or you will risk damaging the plaster or drywall.

Next, push the bolt through the item you’re fastening to the wall. Thread the toggle bolt far enough that it extends through the body of the toggle enough to prevent the toggle from turning sideways. This allows it to open properly in the wall.

Now, you can raise the object into position. Push the toggles through the pre-drilled holes until you hear or feel the toggles open. Finally, pull back on the object or the bolt and keeping doing so as you tighten the bolt in place.

Toggle Bolts HEX Washer Head


0020112 1/8″-32 x 3″ 100
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0020010 1/8″-32 x 2″ 100 0020032 1/4″-20 x 3″ 100
0020012 1/8″-32 x 3″ 100 0020034 1/4″-20 x 4″ 100
0020014 1/8″-32 x 4″ 100 0020036 1/4″-20 x 5″ 100
0020020 3/16″-24 x 2″ 100 0020038 1/4″-20 x 6″ 100
0020022 3/16″-24 x 3″ 100 0020044 5/16″-18 x 4″ 100
0020024 3/16″-24 x 4″ 100 0020050 3/8″-16 x 3″ 50
0020026 3/16″-24 x 5″ 100 0020054 3/8″-16 x 4″ 50
0020028 3/16″-24 x 6″ 100

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