That will make a biggish hole, or worse. Personally, I would try to
drill them out with a drill about the same size as the original hole
would have been. Using a cordless drill, gently at first, and a sharp bit.
On Monday, March 26, 2018 at 1:01:00 PM UTC+1, Newman wrote:
they used to be called 'molly screws' IIRC. they splay out behind the plas
one thing to try is to screw in the screw, but only a little s oas tpo leav
e an inch or so of thread projecting into the room. then push or tap the sc
rew so as to unsplay the wings inside. Then pull it out by prizing out and
then grabbing the front flange, don't pull the screw.
Carefully drill down the middle with a drill a couple of mm bigger than
the screw hole. To remove the flange with minimal damage to the plaster
board. Then punch the remains into the wall, once the flange has come off.
If it has collapsing wings, likely quite soft steel.
Same sort of idea as removing a pop rivet.
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Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Thanks to all for the hints.
I ended up tapping the screw to expand the wings sufficiently to pull
the fixing out to a position where I was able to snap the flange off
with pliers. I then pushed the rest back into the plasterboard. This
left a very small hole to fill.
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