What is the best way to remove the newer style picture hooks?
I have some of these on an interior wall which is made of plastered
brickwork. Some hooks have been painted over and some have not.
If I prise the hooks off with a screwdriver (protecting the wall with
a steel rule placed under the screwdriver blade) then I can see I
might take out a chunck of wall plaster.
If I yank the hooks off with a mole wrench then I will probably also
remove plaster. Or maybe the plastic surround of the hook comes away
first and I can then take each pin out with pliers?
Q.1 -- What method of removal miminises the damage to the wall, given
that I already have several of these in the wall?
Q.2 -- Is there a way to fix these in future (perhaps by not
hammering the pins right in???) which permit them to come away with
less wall damage?
If the pins all go in at exactly the same angle, then they should come
out without too much difficulty, just tap them up/down/left/right to
loosen them - then a straight pull with pliers or what ever.
If however the pins enter at different angles, all I can suggest is
melting the plastic with an hot air gun to enable the pin heads to be
gripped and pulled out straight.
: Q.2 -- Is there a way to fix these in future (perhaps by not
: hammering the pins right in???) which permit them to come away with
: less wall damage?
Use the kind with very thin, hardened steel nails. They go right
into brick, and right out with a pair of pliers. All ACE Hardwares carry
-- Andy Barss
And they pull a big chunk of plaster out with them when they come out IME.
And with the bricks on my last house they bend buckle and tear out big
chuinks on the way in as well.
But then again I could blunt a masonry bit in one hole on those bricks...
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