I have a number of small metal drywall anchors that I am abandoning
and am asking what your favorite method is of painting over these
things so they don't show.
I was thinking of gently driving them below the surface of the wall
with a ball peen hammer, then filling in the dent with a non-shrinking
Anyone with a better idea? I checked on www.handymanusa.com but didn't
find a ready answer there.
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If they are the "Molly" style, most painters I've watched just take a
screwdriver and hammer and bash them right through the wall board, flange
and all, and then fill the hole with patchjing plaster or spackle.
Me, I'm a little more delicate. I use a 1/4" diameter drill to sever the
flange from the body tube, push the tube through the wallboard, then
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Your method will work if you use drywall mud instead of spackle compound.
Might work with spackle.
The "correct" way is to strip off the flange using needle nose pliers and
push the body into the wall. This method decreases the hole size by about
50% making it easier to patch.
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On Mon, 8 Dec 2003 23:15:12 +0000 (UTC),
Basically you have the right idea. Most spackling shrinks. But
that's okay. Just sand and re-spackle a couple times. Inspect the
area with a trouble light at a low angle to make sure its perfect
before you paint over it. I amazed how this method shows the defects!
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