I just replaced old wooden towel racks and now have some of the metal
anchors (toggles?) showing. They look like a metal ring with two
teeth that bite into the wallboard. How do I remove these without
ripping the wallboard to pieces? Thanks.
Agree on punching them thru wall , e.g. w/ a 1/4 inch flat-ended punch.
Helps to minimize size of hole to be patched if you carefully cut around
anchor flange edge w/ utility knife, so that anchor punches thru cleanly.
: > You puch them into the wall, where they will stay forever, and patch
: > the holes.
: Agree on punching them thru wall , e.g. w/ a 1/4 inch flat-ended punch.
: Helps to minimize size of hole to be patched if you carefully cut around
: anchor flange edge w/ utility knife, so that anchor punches thru cleanly.
You can snip through the aluminum ring on the
outside of the wall and bend flange and wiggle
the remains back and forth until the ring breaks
off. Then just push it through.
I have had good results with drilling out the head of the anchor so that the
flange comes off. Use a typical metal cutting drill bit somewhat larger than
the diameter of the anchor. Remove an screw/bolt and then drill straight
into he center of the anchor until the flange comes loose.
Then you can punch out just he body of the anchor - a much smaller hole.
If you want to keep the holes small, detach the ring from the center by
drilling out with a <sharp> slightly oversize bit. You can then pry the ring
loose and just push the core into the wall. If you don't have a drill, you
can usually force the ring to break the paper layer and sink in by
overtightening the screw. I <have> punched them in, but you run the risk of
making a BIG hole if you hit the drywall wrong with the hammer. I'd use a
(This oughta be in a FAQ somewhere- I see this same question on here every
couple of months...)
By design hollow wall anchors are made for the room side to snap off
allowing for the in the wall part to be pushed through with the smallest
hole possible. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to grasp the flange at one
of the slots, use moderate pressure to peel it away.
Whenever I have that problem I get real drunk. Then I take my fist
and smash the wall. When I sober up, I go to the hospital to get my
broken hands fixed. Then I hire a contractor to replace the plaster
in the whole house. Of course if I am renting, I just move to another
house, so I got more walls to smash.
On 30 May 2004 14:06:25 -0700, ga firstname.lastname@example.org (Jingles) wrote:
With regular plyers or needlenose plyers carefully bend/crush the edges of
the metal ring toward you and away from the wall into the smallest size you
can and push the anchor through the drywall into the stud cavity behind the
What I have done that works some of the time, is to unscrew the screw
almost all the way out and then tap it back in with a hammer. It might
just uncrimp the clamp, or snap it off, and then it can be pulled out
from the front. Failing that, just punch the whole thing into the wall.
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