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maxman10 12-03-2012 05:33 AM

Wall anchors - how to remove
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Any suggestions for how to remove these metal drywall anchors?

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MissKat 12-03-2012 05:39 AM

I usually drill the face out and let the anchor drop behind the wall. I am no expert though and am curious to see if anyone thinks this is a bad idea.

tribe_fan 12-03-2012 05:48 AM

Google "Molly bolt" to see what you are dealing with. I have done all three in order of ease.

1) If they are recessed a little just patch over.
2) Drill the heads off with a drill slightly larger than the hole. and leave the rest in.
3) Put the screw in a few threads , then tap to straighten. Wiggle and pull it out.

dvmbound1977 12-03-2012 05:57 AM

Push em in
I usually push them into the wall as well. A simple pop with a screw driver and hammer or you could screw in and pull out too. All will work, will still need to patch no matter what.

ToolSeeker 12-03-2012 06:28 AM

I have had nothing but bad luck with this type of anchor if you try to pull them out it usually takes a chunk of drywall with it. I have not tried drilling them out, but I will.

bjbatlanta 12-05-2012 02:46 PM

I knock them through, tape and a couple of coats of mud over the holes, sand, and you're good to go...

ToolSeeker 12-05-2012 04:11 PM

To just knock them thru looks like it will leave a pretty good size hole.

bjbatlanta 12-05-2012 04:34 PM

Only as big as the outside of the anchor. Use a punch or phillips screwdriver...

jeffnc 12-05-2012 06:26 PM

You can slice the heads off with an angle grinder and a metal cutoff wheel.

jbfan 12-05-2012 07:03 PM

I use the ball of a ball peen hammer and recess them, them mud over them.

gregzoll 12-05-2012 07:19 PM

Knock them through, or use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull out and make a bigger hole.

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