Stubborn old wall anchors can be extremely frustrating when it comes time for them to be removed. In fact, many homeowners are nervous to try it on their own because they fear damaging the surrounding drywall. If you have old drywall anchors that need to go, but you also feel intimidated by the task, you are in the right place.
Continue reading to review a simple, step-by-step guide for removing unwanted wall hangers all on your own, safely and efficiently.
First Gather Your Supplies:
⚒ Drill Bit (or Set)
⚒ Putty Knife
⚒ Utility Gloves
⚒ Old Towel
What You Need to Know Before You Begin
It is important to gather all your items and supplies before you start. The gloves will protect your hands from scratches or blisters, while the towel can be laid on the floor below to manage any drywall mess. It is also important to choose the correct drill bit size for the best results.
If you do not have a full set of drill bits, simply purchase one that is a couple sizes larger than the opening in the wall anchor. Keep in mind that if you plan to paint the wall you are working on, you will first need to prime the patched areas where the wall anchor holes were. And if you are planning to install new drywall anchors, be sure to buy ones that can be easily removed for future convenience!
❶ Remove the screw from the wall anchor.
❷ Place the bit inside the center hole of the wall anchor and begin slowly drilling. Use a drill bit that is two sizes larger than the width of the center hole of the anchor. The bit should sit perfectly outside of the edge of the hole, without slipping inside.
❸ Once you begin drilling, the collar of the wall anchor should break free from the wall and automatically push itself out. Let it fall on the floor so you are not tempted to grab it while the drill is rotating. Be careful not to let the bit push deep into the wall cavity, which can interrupt electrical wiring or plumbing pipes.
❹ Push the residual drywall material back into the hole using your putty knife. You may have to fill this hole in stages for best results.
❺ Sand, prime, and paint!