drywall anchors resized 600If you have ever had to remove drywall anchors from the wall, you know what an ugly mess they can be. It’s not like a small nail hole that you can just fill. Some wall anchors leave a very noticeable hole in the wall. The problem isn’t so much removing the anchors, but rather what to do after you’ve removed them.

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Some drywall anchors push into the wall, and some screw into the wall. For the anchors that screw into the wall, such as the EZ toggle, you can just unscrew them. These anchors have large threads that bite into the drywall and will leave a hole in the wall about the diameter of your pinky finger.

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For anchors that push into the wall, they generally have some type of texture on them to help hold them in place. Many will have little arms that, when a screw is installed in them, will push out against the drywall to help hold them in place.  They will have a lip that you can grab with needle nose pliers and pull out of the wall, or you can simply push them into the wall and let them fall into the wall cavity.

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Once the drywall anchors are removed, you can decide how fancy you want to get with the repair. At a minimum you can fill in the hole with drywall mud or spackle. If it is really unsightly, you can spray a little texture on it before you paint it.

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