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Removing shield anchor hook bolts

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by stealthwolf, 28 Jul 2017.

  1. stealthwolf

    stealthwolf

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    The previous owners used these to hold up a mirror on a chimney breast. I've loosened the nuts and unscrewed the hooks but the anchor remains in the wall.

    I wanted to remove the anchors so we could redecorate over them.

    Any suggestions on how to proceed would be welcome.
     
  2. Tigercubrider

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    it depends.

    first of all, try threading the hook lightly into the wall again, and whack the end.
    They work by the thread dragging a conical part towards the outside, opening up the unit.

    Possibly, knocking the conical part back into the hole may either make the whole thing loose enough to come out, or at least loose enough to remove the hook and knock the remainder deeper into the hole so you can fill it.

    You could use a bolt of the same thread in place of the hook, but pulling on the hook/bolt will make it harder to come out.
     
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  3. jj4091

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    As previous poster says, loosen off the hook part, knock it in & then jiggle out the anchor.
     
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  4. foxhole

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    Remove hook, tap timber plug into centre and screw in short wood screw then a claw hammer on the screw should allow you to lever out.
     
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