How to Remove an Anchor from a Wall

Wall anchors are convenient for hanging curtain rods, arts, shelves and heavy and lightweight items. But you will face many issues whenever you try to remove these wall anchors for any reason.

There is a chance that you will damage the paint and concrete on your walls when removing wall anchors. So to avoid all these problems, it is necessary to know the wall anchor removal process correctly.

This guide is made for that, where we have discussed how to remove an anchor from a wall in detail. So without wasting time, let’s begin.

Identify the Types of Anchors

You can see many different types of wall anchors based on different walls, and the removal process also varies depending on the wall anchors.

One of the easiest ways to remove wall anchors is first to find out what material the wall anchor is made of. Usually, you can see four standard wall anchors; they are:

i. Plastic Screw Anchors: You can see this anchor on most walls. This is the most common type of screw anchor; its threads are like big screws!

ii. Plastic Expansion Anchors: It looks like our previous plastic screw anchors. You can also see it most commonly. The edges of the plastic expansion anchors are sleeves with ridges.

iii. Toggle Bolts: Toggle bolts are like metal clips from the inside. However, its outside look looks like the regular screw we use.

iii. Steel Hollow Wall Anchors: This type of anchor is much broader than the other anchors we have shown. Especially the top sides of its metal collar.

An act of drilling a screwdriver through a thin wooden object and unscrewing the screw.

Safety First

If you want to repair, remove, etc., you must first keep your safety in mind. In this case, you must protect yourself with a goggle, pair of hand gloves, a mask, and other essential protective gear to keep yourself entirely shielded.

After protecting yourself by wearing additional protective gear, you start the main work. Now, first of all, one thing you have to keep in mind is to make a map of the electric wires inside your walls. So that you don’t accidentally do any damage to electric wires and pipes while removing the anchor.

If you have no idea where the wires and other pipes in the house are, you can buy a wire and pipe detector to figure out their location inside the walls. 

How to Remove an Anchor from a Wall

Just by following a few steps, you can easily remove these unsightly wall anchors. In this section, we have highlighted all those aspects step by step.

Remove an Anchor from a Wall

Things You’ll Need to Remove Stripped Anchors

  • Hammer
  • Awl
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Needle Nose Pliers

Method 1: Wedge and Sleeve Anchor Removal

Step 1: Take the socket wrench first, and use it to remove the wedge bolt. Then you can see a washer between your wall and the nut; you need to remove it too.

Step 2: Cut the wedge anchor bolt flush using a hacksaw in the next step.

Step 3: Lastly, place the tip of the awl in the middle of the wedge anchor bolt, then keep tapping with the hammer until it reaches the very end of the anchor. By doing this, you will get enough space for a patch.

A view of a metal screw that is ready to be safely removed from a thin wall and has a plastic clipper attached to it.

Method 2: Pulling the Collar Out With Pliers

Step 1: First, remove the threaded screws efficiently with the help of a screwdriver. If your screw is a cross-slot, use the Phillips head screwdriver, which DIYers most commonly use.

Step 2: Take the needle-nosed pliers you have, and use them to grab & perfect grip the anchor. In this case, first, hold the edge of the collar with the help of needle-nosed pliers and pull it out.

If you have drywall, then during the removal process, you must refrain from touching the drywall with the help of your pliers.

Step 3: After removing the anchor, push the rest inside the walls with the screwdriver’s tip. In this case, another thing to keep in mind is that the tip diameter of the screwdriver should not be larger than the anchor hole. 

Because if the screwdriver tip is more significant than the anchor hole, then there is a risk of damaging the drywall. In this case, you can use a 1/4 inches drill bit to insert in the drywall hole, which is the ideal size.

Step 4: Make sure the wall anchor goes inside the frame later. If the anchor is tightly stuck, hit the Phillips screwdriver with a hammer and push the anchor slightly into the wall. When you feel that the anchor has sunk a little inside, then apply pressure together so that the anchor smoothly enters the drywalls and goes inside the frame.

How to Fill In The Holes

After removing the wall anchors from your walls, the anchor hole will be unclogged. If you want, you can use homemade paste compound to fill it. Or, if you don’t want to face all these hassles, you can buy a commercial drywall compound and apply.

I personally prefer DAP pint speckling; you can apply it if you want to fill the holes. In this case, take some drywall compound on the tip of the putty knife, then apply it to the hole. Then wait a while for drying.

Final Verdict

Try to read each step carefully, then follow it. When removing the anchor, you must pay special attention to your walls. Because, in most cases, the walls are damaged due to some minor mistakes. So you must be alert as much as possible to prevent these issues.

Hopefully, our how to remove an anchor from a wall guide has helped you a lot to remove the anchor from your walls without any damage easily.

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John is a wanderlust who quit his corporate job to pursue his passion for travel. He shares his experiences and insights through his blog, inspiring others to explore the world

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