How do we remove these brackets?
November 8, 2019 12:02 PM   Subscribe

We’re taking down some curtain rods, and can’t figure out how to remove the brackets that were holding them. Here’s a photo of the whole bracket and a photo of the top, which is the only clue to its attachment. All other edges are flush with the wall. Tugging in any direction (up/down/left/right/out) is doing nothing to dislodge it. How do we get these things off?
posted by ocherdraco to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
Try using a hammer to gently tap upwards on the bottom. There are probably two screws that are in slots to hold the bracket in place. This PDF may help.
posted by XtineHutch at 12:11 PM on November 8, 2019 [8 favorites]

I'd guess they have keyhole brackets on the back so I second tapping them from the bottom.
posted by bondcliff at 12:30 PM on November 8, 2019 [3 favorites]

Yeah, my guess is that someone applied something to the wall and then slid on the larger wood part you are seeing.
posted by bluedaisy at 12:34 PM on November 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

Yeah, probably keyhole brackets. This is probably what the back looks like.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 12:49 PM on November 8, 2019

You can probably tell what's going on with these by taking some Glide dental floss and working it between the wall and bracket all around the edges of the bracket.

I'm guessing everybody else is right about the keyhole mounting, and that should become clear from how far you can move the floss through, but the floss will also help separate the bracket from the wall if time and paint have glued it in place — and it might help to try to work a thin metal spatula between wall and bracket all the way around if you have one.
posted by jamjam at 1:32 PM on November 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

Success! Thank you everyone! My sister (whose house this is) is very grateful.
posted by ocherdraco at 1:50 PM on November 8, 2019 [6 favorites]

For future reference a mallet is preferable to a hammer for this sort of thing, less damage and more control.
posted by SaltySalticid at 2:04 PM on November 8, 2019

For even more control, put something against the bottom and tap that with the hammer. I tend to use a wooden dowel and I hold the end I'm hitting away from the wall by about three inches.
posted by advicepig at 2:26 PM on November 8, 2019

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