Available exclusively from
leading distributor Upat, the plug’s multi-functionality – from expanding, to
folding, and knotting – extends its application range even further, meaning
that materials with top loads can also be accommodated.

“The greater dimensional
suitability of material in the plug translates into a greater extrusion force
for ultimate performance. The combination of both a hard and soft component
allows for optimal push-in and tightening torque for the best installation
feedback,” Upat Technical Sales Director and Co-Owner Kerry Kuhlmann explains.

The closed plug tip prevents
drill dust entering the inner plug section, making for an even smoother
installation, while the distinctive red fischer marking makes for easy
identification of the plug’s dimensions. The required screw length is derived
from the plug length plus the fixture thickness,

Other advanced features include
an anti-rotation lock to prevent turning in the drill hole during installation,
while the pronounced rim prevents the plug from slipping into the drill hole,
while still allowing for push-through installation. Installation time is
reduced even further due to the shorter drill-hole depth that is required,
which makes fast and efficient work of the fixing process.

The DuoPower plug is suitable for
wood and chipboard screws, as well as stud screws. However, in the case of
fixing boards, the threadless part of the screw must not be longer than the
fixture itself. A major benefit is the greater anchorage depth provided, which
means that the DuoPower plug is ideal for fixings in hollow building materials
and aerated concrete, and also to bridge plaster.

The range of building materials
covered includes solid and vertically-perforated bricks, solid and perforated
sand-lime brick, plasterboard, gypsum plasterboard and fibreboard, hollow
lightweight concrete blocks, cavity floor slabs made from bricks or concrete, natural
stone, chipboard.

Applications include television
consoles, lighting, shelves, mirror cabinets, letterboxes, pictures, fixing
blinds, curtain rails, washbasin fixings, plumbing and heating fixings, bath
and toilet installations, wall cabinets, range hoods and countless others.

Kuhlmann, who has almost 50 years’
experience in the industry, describes DuoPower as “one of the most phenomenal
developments” since fischer introduced its original nylon wall plug in 1956. The
fact that it is made from nylon ensures a longer-lasting fixing for the best
hold. In addition, nylon does not experience degradation from ultraviolet
light, as does other common plug materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene
do. Nylon is also non-conductive, and can therefore be used near electrical
systems, while it is unaffected by moisture, and thus is suitable for use at
coastal locations.

“DuoPower is the culmination of fischer’s
long-time emphasis on the advancement of fixing technology,” Kuhlmann points
out. Such developments are also spurred by the construction industry’s need to
cut costs by adopting more efficient technologies, which continues to give
fischer a leading edge.

Upat’s introduction of the
product locally follows its highly successful launch in Europe and the US,
which means that South Africa is now up to date with the latest international
innovations. “DuoPower has been very well-received locally, and has been
adopted by major local players such as

manufacturer Trellidor. “While the local uptake of DuoPower has been impressive
to date, we firmly believe we are just scratching the surface with this
product, and anticipate sales volumes to continue to increase,” Kuhlmann