|Norm's Tricks Of The Trade|
David: Question: How do you get plastic screw archors out of drywall? I tried pulling then out with needlenose pliers, but they're not budging.
Steve Wilkings, Bend, Oregon
Norm's Answer: Here's an easy way to pull ancgors out and t push them in. The choice is up t you. Either way, just spackle the hole that's left behind.
1) To pull out an anchor, drive a screw a turn or two into it, but no more. If the screw goes in too far, you'll sread the anchor's legs, making removal more difficult and possibly damaging the drywall. Now, grip the screwhead with a pair of pliers and yank screw and anchor stright out.
2) To push an anchor in, drill into it with a twist bit that's just a little amaller then the anchor's collar. When you sever the collar, remove the bit, and use a small screwdriver to push the rest of the anchor through the drywall and into the wall cavity.