Hello, review fans. I'm Ben Curry, and you're watching Tool Talk, from Expert Trades.
Today, I'm going to be reviewing the GripIt Plasterboard Fixing. You might have seen these ... Dragons' Den, I think this was. Also, Screwfix are a big stockist and most electrical wholesalers have these in stock now. It might not be the next WAGO block, but it's definitely a new product that's hit the market and it's taken off; I see a lot of people talking about it.
I'm going to open this up. I'm going to show you what's in there, and what you get in the set, and what is a GripIt fixing. So, on the back it starts by telling you all about the fixings, about the color-coding, and what they can actually do and what you can do with them. It shows you on here how you ... You drill a hole, and each one of these in a different size and a different colour has a different hole that you drill. So, you drill a hole with a spade bit, 20 ml. 15, 18, 20 and 25 ml. Of course, GripIt sell those drillbits as well, but you can buy any. And then you push in your GripIt into the plasterboard. You just push it. Tap it in. And you're ready to go.
It's got two little fins that you turn, and I'll show you that in a second. And then you're all set, and then you can just drive your screw into the centre. Now, it comes with the screw that you're supposed to use with it to hold the weight as well. And then it's got a safe load weight alongside it. Now, this is bearing in mind that it's going into plasterboard. Now, plasterboard is only as strong as the plasterboard. However, saying that, I have a mirror hanging in my hallway at home using the blue fixings from here and the mirror's probably 30 kilos and it's been there a year: no problems. So, it is pretty solid.
Now, it says here all the weights have been tested on 15 ml plasterboard, and it's pretty good. That's like the starter set selection box you get. I think I picked this up at Screwfix. Then, in the kit, you get various different colours of these. The different colours, the different sizes and different weights. Now, with each of these you get a screw. So, the yellow ones come with the smallest. The red ones a bit bigger. And then the brown and blue are actually threaded, so you get a 6 and an 8 ml threaded bolt to go into them.
Now, what you can struggle with on these is when you thread that into there, that's one turn, that's two turns; that's only three turns of thread, and already you've only got half an inch of space there. What you can run into is, you've got your fins out on that: whatever you're hanging on the wall has not got enough depth to go through to get a sufficient ... you know, you've only turned it three or four times and you've bottomed out. I don't know what the manufacturer's instructions are, but I've bought my own, longer bolts before to go in.
So, that's it really. That's what you get. It's kind of a weird set-up. You tap it in, and then using these pegs ... So, the hole it recommends you drill is to this size here. And then using these pegs, when you tap it in, they really grab the plasterboard, and then you have to turn these screws here. Let me get a blank one that you can see a bit better. Turn these screws here, and that opens the fins out, which will really grab the plasterboard, so you're ending up with that much grabbing the plasterboard.
Okay. You're never going to hang a massive tonne of weight off just one of these. Normally, if you're holding a TV up, you've got like eight of them in and it does the job. Definitely, it does the job. The centre section as well, when you tighten it up, it kind of clicks. You can push it for depth. There you go. So, you've got a bit more depth on that. And that is where you lose your ... you know, see what I mean with that? Not good.
So, yeah. I've used them a bit. I've not used them a massive amount. I'm not going to tell you I've used packs and packs of these and give you a fully comprehensive review. But I have used them enough to like them, and have to invested in a bit of the set-up kit. These red ones are good. I mean, so it's an 18 ml hole on them and it says it takes a 5 by 30 ml screw. So that, to me, I'd drive 2 inch 10s into that. That's like the perfect size for one of them. Let's say you're mounting a baton to a wall. You've got a 2 inch baton. You can drive your 2 inch 10 through the baton and then into there, and they do a brilliant job for that.
So, yeah. They're good. I'm a fan so far, and I always like a new product and a new gadget to play with. Early adopter, me, eh? Yeah, we'll see. Early adopter with all this stuff on the floor when it's fell off the wall! But, no, hopefully that shouldn't happen. I've had nothing but good experience with them so far.
Most recent when I've used this, was a bathroom medicine cabinet, I suppose they used to be called; bathroom cabinet above a sink. Weighed a tonne. We managed to get one side into the joist, or the stud work. The other side I used ... Well, I started by trying to use the blues and that was when I ran into the issue of not having the right depth of bolts. So we actually went in with the reds, and put some number 10 screws through them. And it was brilliant. Really. It's just absolutely rock-solid. You could hang off it.
So, yeah. That's the GripIt set, multi-kit. I think in Tool Talk, on the app, you can review the different sizes on these. Like I say, my favourites are the reds, but they're all pretty good. Right; that's the GripIt Plasterboard Fixing. I've been Ben Curry. You're watching Tool Talk. Thanks for watching.