Previous owners installed plant hooks in the high ceiling of the
wooden beams in the living room. I went to remove them today and found
that the hook itself was a simple plastic piece that unscrewed from
what appears to be a headless metal screw - it is a screw-like piece
of metal, with threads exposed (that is what the hook itself attached
to) and then a non-threaded part, and then a part that is sunk into
the wood itself.
I have no idea how to remove this - since I didn't install it, I don't
really know how it works. I thought perhaps it was threaded at the
other end and I tried to grip the threaded end with pliers and turn,
but either it's not threaded or I can't get a tight enough grip to
turn it. I also tried the claw part of a hammer to see if I could get
a grip and yank it straight out, but that didn't work.
Looking for any suggestions folks may have about getting these things
out! Thanks so much!
It's threaded, it's a typical setup for those hooks. One end
has thinner "machine" threads (screws into the hook, as you've
found out) and the other end is a "wood screw" thread.
If you don't already own a pair, this is the perfect excuse
to buy one. They're not expensive, and they're made for this
kind of thing. Just size them a bit thinner than the post
so you need to squeeze them to lock, and they should hold
on to it and allow you to turn it out (counter clockwise,
It is screwed in. You will need to get a better grip. Beg,
borrow, buy, or steal a Vise Grip brand locking plier. Crank it
down extra tight and turn counterclockwise.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
I've got several plant hooks of similar type, I think. Mine are somewhat
different though, I think. The "base" which attaches to the ceiling is not
threaded - instead it's attached to the ceiling by an independent screw that
sits in the center of the base.
My bases have two (for want of a better term) "legs" which hold the swivelling
I can't tell for sure from your description, but if the base includes an
integral screw and has similar legs, try using a long screwdriver as a lever.
Insert between the legs and turn carefully so as not to break the legs. I've
used this lever technique to remove cup hooks, eye bolts, etc, works like a
They may be too small to grip effectively with vise grips.
An alternative, assuming you haven't damaged the threads, is to get two
plain nuts that fit the threads. Put both nuts on and tighten them
against each other (backing out the top nut while tightening the bottom
nut). Then put a wrench on the top nut and back out the screw. You
have to have the nuts tight against each other to prevent them from
turning on the screw. To remove the nuts, just hold the top one while
backing out the bottom one.
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