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I searched the forum but didn't find an answer unfortunately

My daughter wants a TV bracket fixing on the wall (I think its a 50" flat screen TV)

They have ordered the correct bracket for the TV but am unsure whats the best type of fixings to use

Where I have put up shelves, curtain poles etc I have used the wigwam type of fixings and all have been fine

Are these as good as any other fixings for plasterboard?

I have looked at the toggle type, some snap off some are rigid, but they have their detractors

Its a fairly new build, so no wooden studs to fix to the boards appear to be fixed to metal stud/brackets but I have no idea how solid they are to be able to fix to them

Any suggestions please ?

I am in the UK by the way
 

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I've no direct experience but a few minutes watching this might help. It's Andy McClellan aka Gosforth Handyman testing fixings on plasterboard.

https://youtu.be/6OUqyMPX-As

He has several other videos on testing other fixings but I think this is closest to your question.
 

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Thanks for that, I was obviously using different search terms this time, but recognise that video, I have watched it in the past

I also watched another similar one by a chap in the USA but he was not so fastidious in his methods, ie he used power tools which I would not recommend for this type of fixing

I just checked and the weight of their TV is 17.5kg so am more than happy with the umbrella/wigwam fixings
 

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I've used the umbrella type for fixing radiators over the last 30+ years & never had a problem even with very big rads.
My only suggestion would be to buy branded ones such as Fischer as the thread on cheap ones can strip very easily.
 

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Thanks for the additional advice

I have mostly been using generic ones from kits, so far I have not had any failures of any sort thread wise (famous last words I know ;-)

I only ever use hand tools to fit them, you get a much better feel when using them than a power drill/driver

In this case I shall probably do overkill and fit six

The one variety of fixing I would never use is the screw in plasterboard fitting, totally useless IMHO
 

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I would do absolutely anything it took to get at least a couple of fixings into the studs. Self tappers, and even self-drilling woodscrews, will drill into the aluminium profile.
 

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That TV is 17.5 kg deadweight, flat on the scales. Put that weight on an arm sticking out into the room and it very quickly becomes very much more :shock:
I expect there is a mathematician in the building who can work that out for you.

That TV will NOT stay on a plasterboard wall unless its dead flat up against it. Any kind of swivel places it away from the wall and then the fun starts.
Even a couple of inches away increases the downwards force.
 

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drywall screws are designed to self drill into metal studs, and with a 50" tv the bracket should be wide enough to span a couple of studs(if they are in the right place of course, which they wont be............ the If it is a normal bracket ie not swivel 90% of the weight is going straight down the wall. these gripits get good reviews
https://www.toolstation.com/gripit-plas ... ing/p11651

the 20mm brown ones have a (I think M5 machine screw not a normal screw)
 

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Some give them good reviews, others don't

They appear to give far less of a footprint on the reverse of plasterboard than the umbrella/wigwams do
 

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I hear what you say, but the tests I have seen done on the umbrella/wigwam variety I intend to use give 40kg + on the 5 x 43 and 50kg + on the 5 x 52

As that gives x 4 = 160kg or 240kg on the larger fixings, I think thats ample for a 17.5kg tv which as I understand it will be flat on the wall, no swivel

I do understand the increased leverage if it stands off the wall

I used these same fixings for fairly heavy curtain poles and curtains which have stood the test of time, plus shelves etc

sunnybob":2e7xw4rn said:
That TV is 17.5 kg deadweight, flat on the scales. Put that weight on an arm sticking out into the room and it very quickly becomes very much more :shock:
I expect there is a mathematician in the building who can work that out for you.

That TV will NOT stay on a plasterboard wall unless its dead flat up against it. Any kind of swivel places it away from the wall and then the fun starts.
Even a couple of inches away increases the downwards force.
 

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as long as you are aware :lol: 8) 8)
 

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Yes indeed, hence the post really, I just wanted to clarify what others might use or suggest

I just got a link to the bracket and its a flat to wall variety, or as near as it can be given you need a space for leads etc, but its not one of those swivel variety

The bracket has a 75kg load limit

I also found out the Tv in question is only 42" so a bit smaller than I expected too
 

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Gripit are on the cusp of insolvency, so I'd be a bit cautious about using them.
 

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There are a lot of poor reviews on them online

Main things appear to be the size of hole required and that they stand proud of the wall

I don't think they are something I will be using
 

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If you are concerned and wanted a belt and braces approach just use some grip type adhesive in addition to the fixings
 

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Its a thought but I don't think that will be necessary

Thats not so much belt and braces but rather belt, braces, corset & jock strap ;-)
 

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whatknot":3nvu8wck said:
.......That TV will NOT stay on a plasterboard wall unless its dead flat up against it. Any kind of swivel places it away from the wall and then the fun starts.
Even a couple of inches away increases the downwards force.
Out from the wall there is not just a downward force (which plasterboard resists reasonably well), but a pull-out force, which it doesn't resist well.
 
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