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    Default Puller for plastic wall anchors

    We all live in homes. We all mount things to our walls. We all use plastic wall anchors sometimes. We all need to remove these anchors sometimes and fill the holes. It has been my experience trying to pull them out of the wall is not always so easy. Grabbing them with needle nose pliers most times ends up with a piece breaking off and most of the anchor is still in the wall. Threading a screw in partially and pulling with pliers is less than perfect.

    But now ladies and gentlemen we have the perfect solution. May I introduce you to my wine cork puller converted to a plastic anchor puller!!!! I cut off the corkscrew and welded a normal screw to the remaining shaft. Now we have a plastic anchor puller.

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    Clever and nicely done! You know, years back when I managed and maintained a bunch of rental units this would have been a genuinely useful gadget to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanganes View Post
    Clever and nicely done! You know, years back when I managed and maintained a bunch of rental units this would have been a genuinely useful gadget to have.

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    I will try to get someone to take a video of it in use. It really works great. We have a large home and lots of pictures and fixtures so it will be really handy I think.
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    You can sometimes just cut off the flange and push it on into the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnl View Post
    You can sometimes just cut off the flange and push it on into the wall.
    Bingo, they are meant to go in one way and resist the other esp. when a screw is inserted, once the flange is removed they will just continue their journey into the dead space and drop to the floor with no further damage to the wall...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnl View Post
    You can sometimes just cut off the flange and push it on into the wall.
    That's what I always do/did. In the first old house in Ohio, it had plaster over slat walls. The PO used those plug anchors for everything. And if you looked down a wall, you could see some that were painted over. I just used a single edge razor (in a holder) and cut the flange off and pushed them through the wall. Most of the holes would cover with a little spackling. The aluminum ones were a little more work. I drilled the flange off and a little below the surface then plastered over them.

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    Nice solution. Those kind I've always just done as above and pushed them through. When we bought our place the previous owners used the screw in type. Everywhere. I have a lifetime supply of those suckers even after giving a bunch away, and haven't used a push in one since.

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    Wall anchors I use have a Philips head built into the face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RB211 View Post
    Wall anchors I use have a Philips head built into the face.

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    That's what I use unless I need to grab a steel stud with a toggle for strength. They come in both plastic and "metal" (some form of zinc cast). Even though they are self drilling I almost always drill a small pilot hole - less issues in unknown plaster, and you know if you hit something you didn't expect. Like these : https://www.zoro.com/primeline-zip-i...waAqq1EALw_wcB

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakeside53 View Post
    That's what I use unless I need to grab a steel stud with a toggle for strength. They come in both plastic and "metal" (some form of zinc cast). Even though they are self drilling I almost always drill a small pilot hole - less issues in unknown plaster, and you know if you hit something you didn't expect. Like these : https://www.zoro.com/primeline-zip-i...waAqq1EALw_wcB
    Those are the ones that were all over my walls when we bought the place. Both plastic and metal. They work great too.

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