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stud walls & removing rawplugs


sunnystaines

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now some are normal plastic brown rawplugs so i presume pointed plyers or a pointed tool to prize out.

but others are a round tightly fitted metal discs with a V space cut out at the 3 and 9 postions of the disc. how on earth do i remove these, just guessing would prizing them out with a knife be the answer

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wiz-king

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plastic - put in a self tapping screw a couple of turns then lever out with a hammer use a small block of wood to protect the wall

the big metal or plastic ones - unscrew from wall with a large Philips or Pozedrive screwdriver.

Or - push or screw in and fill over the top!

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namtas

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As the title describes, if they are into board in a stud wall, they will, or should be cavity fixings, not ordinary rawplugs. Best and tidiest option is to carefully drill the head off and then push the remainder into the cavity to loose it. The composition of the plug body makes a tidy extraction almost impossible.

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spider9

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Agree with wiz-king's methods.

Alternative for plastic types, take a sharp Stanley knife and carefully cut off the top of the plugs, then fill. The fact that you leave some of the plug in the wall helps when filling.

With the larger 'metal types' I would also try and carefully screw them in to below surface level to aid filling. But it depends whether you intend fixing anything else close by the area, afterwards.

namtas, if they are cavity fixings (with 'arms' etc behind the plasterboard) then they would have dropped when the screw was taken out, and there would likely be no plastic or metal head showing anyway.

It is very common to use ordinary plastic rawlplugs in plasterboard walls, and depends on the objects being affixed.

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Forum Editor

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namtas

is right as far as plastic plugs are concerned. The metal cavity fixings are easy to remove with a screwdriver.

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spuds

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sunnystaines

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spuds and others thank you for the tips.

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