Pulling an anchor from a plaster wall?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tominboise, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. andynj

    andynj Adventurer

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    Those fixtures actually need a special set tool to expand the legs properly most of the time people don't have them and you can just pull them out with a pair of needle nose. If that doesn't work squeeze the flanges in with the needle nose and push it through the hole. Step drill can work but you might just end up spinning it in the hole.
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  2. MrBob

    MrBob Knee-jerk liberal

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    Did just that yesterday to 12 anchors in a wall. Once the heads were drilled off I used my nail set to push the metal shank further into the wall before spackling. Simple.

    twisting the anchor in the hole.

    You got to bear down on that drill bit to get the little burrs on the head of the anchor to dig into the wall. It also helps to have the anchor expanded and not loose in the wall.
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  3. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    Put the screw back in a little and shove the screw.

    The collapsed part behind the walk will enlongate and you can pull it out through the hole.
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  4. locopny

    locopny Adventurer

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    This. lightly tapping to expand.

    Works well if you can't count right and need to reuse them occasionally to finish a project after the store is closed. Not that I've ever done that multiple times. Two days ago.
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