How to Remove Drywall Anchors

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There are several reasons you might want to remove drywall anchors from a wall. You've either installed the anchor in the wrong place or you're refinishing your wall and don't want the anchor to be seen. In any case, you'll need to know how to remove your wall anchors. Here's how to do it.

Step 1 - Remove Your Anchor

Some anchors, such as a threaded anchor, can easily be remove by pulling or unscrewing it from its hole in the wall. Use a screwdriver to back the anchor out of the wall if it has been screwed into the drywall. With some anchors you can back it out of the wall. With others, this may not work.

Step 2 - Push Your Anchor into the Wall

There are some wall anchors that you will not be able to back out of the wall. With these, simply push them into the wall by striking them with a hammer and a screwdriver until the anchor is pushed back into the drywall or until pushed into the space behind the drywall.

Step 3 - Fill and Paint Your Anchor Hole

If you don't plan to use your vacated anchor hole to install another anchor, simply fill it with putty or drywall compound and paint it.