How to Remove & Fill Anchor Holes


Plastic wall anchors are inserted into a hole in the wall. Screws are threaded into the plastic anchor for hanging pictures, mirrors and other objects on a wall. When an object is removed due to decorating or other changes the plastic wall anchor will also need to be removed. A basic process is involved to remove the anchor and repair the hole it leaves behind.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Spackle or joint compound
  • Small trowel
  • Sandpaper
  • Remove the plastic wall anchor carefully to minimize the size of the hole in the drywall. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to twist and pull the anchor carefully from the wall. Cut the anchor face off the plastic anchor and push it into the wall if it will not pull free without damaging the wall extensively. Use a knife to cut the small face ring off the anchor. Push the anchor into the drywall with a screwdriver.

  • Use a small trowel to scoop a dime- to quarter-size amount of spackle or joint compound from the container, based on the amount needed to repair the hole. Choose spackle for a faster dry time when repair time is limited.

  • Smooth the spackle or compound over the hole with the trowel. Push the spackle or compound into the hole for the repair.

  • Hold the trowel at an angle and pull the edge of the trowel across the drywall and over the repaired hole. Remove as much excess spackle or compound as possible from the wall.

  • Allow the spackle or joint compound to thoroughly dry based on the manufacturer's recommendations. Once dry, use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth any raised areas around the repaired hole and to remove excess patch material.

  • Apply a thin coat of spackle or joint compound when wall texture must be matched. Use a trowel, for example, to create and match a southwest adobe mud texture.


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