How To Work With Wall Anchors

Wall anchors give extra durability and stability when holding large items like shelves or mirrors. Before using them, you need to know how wall anchor attachments work. Or you might want to find a fix for a previously installed anchor.

Here is everything you need to know about using and removing wall anchors.

How To Use Wall Anchors

When securing heavy items to a wall, backing plates or wall anchors are used to avoid damage to the wall. In addition, because objects are unlikely to fall when fastened to them, they are safer than traditional screws.

Before installing a wall anchor, verify the item weight. When a wall anchor fails to support the item, the weight was often incorrectly measured beforehand. Lightweight, medium, and heavy-duty anchors are the three types of anchor supports you will find. This range makes it simple to understand your weight requirements.

After identifying the correct sized anchor, drill a hole in the wall for it to fit in. Choose a slightly smaller drill bit than the size of your anchor. There is a range on ADA Fastfix. Then gently tap the anchor in with a hammer or mallet. You may hang whatever your heart desires after the anchor is firmly in place!

Wall Anchors: Ways To Remove them

The process to remove wall anchors already inserted is straightforward. There are a few options for removing them from the wall.

1- To Pull The Anchor Out Using Pliers

The first technique uses pliers to grasp the wall anchor collar (or head). Ensure you have a solid grip, and then gently pull the anchor back and forth while wiggling it free from the wall.

If you pull on the anchor and it does not budge, stop. Otherwise you risk tearing the wall. 

The anchor probably requires more power to remove.

2- Screw It Out

To ‘back the anchor out’, first locate a screwdriver that snugly fits into the anchor. Tap a hammer on the screwdriver to secure it in place. You may then back the anchor out of the wall using a clockwise rotation of the screwdriver.

If the anchor is firmly entrenched and won’t budge, consider another technique to avoid wall damage.

3- Push & Cut

If the first two methods don’t work, you need a more thorough approach. Cutting and pounding the anchor out of the wall is the next option. Wear protective glasses to protect your eyes from flying wall debris.

Start off by using a one-inch cutting wheel on your drill to remove the drywall anchor’s head. Using a cutting wheel or a utility knife, carefully score the area surrounding the anchor.

After removing the anchor head, cut a small hole. Then, find an appropriate screwdriver with a wider head than the anchor. Using this, tap the anchor carefully. The anchor will fall out behind the wall as you do so.