Removing drywall anchors from the wall
October 3, 2008 7:51 AM Subscribe
I need to remove drywall anchor bolts from the wall, but the recommended method
(just unscrewing the screw until the bolt drops into the wall cavity) is not working. Suggestions?
posted by crush-onastick to home & garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am trying to remove hideous 70's Motel Six bathroom things (towel racks, toilet paper holders, that kind of thing) from the new place. The brackets which held the towel racks in place are mostly-flat ovals about two inches across which are held in place by a single very long screw, which is anchored into the wall with a metal bolt (probably the spring-loaded type), inside a 1/4 inch pilot hole. I have tried pulling on the screw to brace the bolt against the drywall so that I can simply unscrew the screw from the bolt, but that's not working. I also tried cutting through the bracket so I could punch the screw through into the wall, but either my cutters or my muscles were not up to the task.
If it were just the screw, I'd punch it through the wall and spackle / paint over, but the screw is holding a two-inch-across bracket to the wall. The screw head can't pass through the bracket into the wall, and the toggle won't come out of the wall, and the screw won't come out of the toggle. This is maddening!