When working with drywall, it is important to choose the right additional elements. Otherwise, you can spoil the base. Experts recommend using the Driva dowel when working with the above material and other types of substrates. The Driva stud has high technical characteristics such as practicality, reliable grip, durability and others. A special thread on the dowel surface ensures a reliable connection, excluding the self-tapping screw from falling out of the socket.
Areas of use
Depending on the basis, it is necessary to correctly determine the approach and workflow, taking into account its individual characteristics. Drywall sheets are fragile and easily damaged compared to wood, concrete, stone and other common materials. It is impossible to use nails or screws without preliminary preparation. Professionals fix the sheets with dowels and self-tapping screws.
The Driva key is actively used to work not only with gypsum boards, but also with chipboards. The element is inserted using a screwdriver or screwdriver without special training. The installation process is not particularly difficult. Special tools and high skill of professionalism are not required.
During work, dust and a large amount of dirt do not accumulate in the room.
Dowels from the above manufacturer are used by both repair specialists and ordinary buyers who prefer quality. If necessary, the element can be easily dismantled without damaging the base.
The Driva brand produces two types of fasteners, namely:
The plastic studs are made of nylon, polyethylene and polypropylene … The combination of these elements creates a durable material. The production of metal products involves the use of a special alloy of low-carbon steel, zinc and aluminum. Each of the above elements boasts strength, practicality and durability.
For Driva brand products, constant and intense load is not terrible. The metal dowel can easily carry the weight of 32 kilograms.
Plastic options retain their shape and performance under a load of up to 25 kilograms.
Features of plastic and metal elements
The plastic used by Driva for the manufacture of dowels does not deform during use. The material is able to withstand frosts up to 40 degrees Celsius above zero. Despite its strength and strength, the element is lightweight. Affordable cost has played an important role in the popularity and high demand for the product.
So that the metal dowels do not deteriorate, they are treated with a special protective solution against corrosion. Long-term moisture resistance guaranteed.
Appearance and dimensions
Visually, the dowel is a hollow, threaded rod. The element head is flat. At the top of the head there is a special hole for a Phillips screwdriver. The sharp tip of the dowel acts as a screw. It is thanks to him that the product is easy to install and fix on a sheet or surface.
The dimensions of the Driva elements are as follows:
15x23 and 12x32 mm (plastic)
14x28 and 15x38 mm (metal)
Stores specializing in building and finishing materials offer a huge variety of dowels that differ in price, material, size and other features. Among the rich assortment, the products of the above brand stand out. Whether it is a snail plug or a product with a drill, each element has a number of advantages.
The advantages of choosing are as follows:
wear resistance to temperatures and external loads
strength, practicality and reliability
resistance to moisture and corrosion
long service life
withstanding large weight
lack of preparatory work
easy installation and removal
fire resistance (metal dowels)
resistance to negative environmental influences
Dowels for gypsum board have disadvantages. Plastic products have adopted the shortcomings of the material from which they were made. Even the tightest plastic can deform under excessive stress. As a result, not only the spike will deteriorate, but also the drywall panel. When choosing metal fasteners, you need to take into account not only their technical characteristics, but also the density of the sheet, because the metal is stronger and stronger than drywall.
A violation during installation and dismantling will damage the base.
Varieties of models for drywall
There are two types of dowels for gypsum board.
Checkpoints. Such elements are ideal for placement on the ceiling. The best choice for fixing lighting fixtures, sports equipment, spotlights and more. They are suitable for the installation of large chandeliers. The spring-type dowel includes a mechanism of the same name, a threaded metal rod and folding locking wings. The tip of such a dowel can have different shapes: a ring, a screw, a half-ring, a rod. The type of product is selected in accordance with the item that needs to be fixed
Decompressing. Externally, the dowel looks like a plastic or metal cartridge. The element contains cuts. In the process of passing the self-tapping screw inside the mount, the cuts begin to open. This type of dowel is considered to be the simplest
The key used when working with drywall must fully comply with the following conditions:
special anti-rust coating
high quality metal alloy
the presence of special elements for a strong and reliable fixation of the gypsum board to the base
The manufacturer Driva uses the harpoon and spacer principle of operation in the manufacture of fasteners for drywall. It is the key to an excellent fixation.
- To make the right choice of fasteners, it is necessary to determine exactly what tasks and responsibilities are assigned to them.
- The load and weight of the structure should be calculated in advance. The size and length of the self-tapping screw, and therefore the dowel for it, will depend on this characteristic.
- The metal dowel is ideal for hanging heavy furniture such as a wardrobe on the wall. For additional frame elements, metal elements are also used.
- To fix decorative elements with light weight (paintings, photographs, shelves, lamps), it is recommended to purchase plastic dowels.
Their cost is more advantageous compared to metal options.
When carrying out the installation of fasteners, it is necessary to adhere to clear rules. This is the key to excellent results and reliable grip. Listening to the following recommendations, everyone can fix the dowels on drywall without professional skills.
The work procedure consists of the following stages:
it is necessary to accurately calculate and indicate the location of the elements. When using profile guides, you need to securely fix them by pressing the gypsum board to the profile
holes in the sheets are made with a screwdriver. The recommended drill diameter is 6 to 8 millimeters. This procedure is optional for metal dowels. Thanks to the sharp tip, they can be immediately embedded in the canvas
Carefully place the spike in the hole using a screwdriver or Phillips screwdriver. The rotation speed of the screwdriver drill when working with plastic dowels should be lower than when placing metal elements
it is necessary to fix the object with screws or self-tapping screws. It is worth considering the maximum weight load when securing objects
You can find out how to independently carry out the installation of drywall by watching the video below.