If you have ever painted a wall in an older house then you will have no doubt run across this classic DIY problem, ugly rawl plugs seemingly scattered across your wall. Bits of brightly coloured plastic ruining the look of your wall. You might have tried to pull them out, only to find they won’t budge at all, so how do you remove rawl plugs? Well, let me share my trade secrets with you below.
Option One – Screw and Hammer
- Screw Driver
- Claw Hammer
- 1 Minute
This is my go-to option when it comes to removing rawl plugs from walls, and it rarely lets me down.
Step 1 – Insert a screw into the rawl plug
Screw a screw into the rawl plug, screw it in until it is halfway in. Half of the screw in the plug and half of the screw sticking out.
Step 2 – Use A Claw Hammer to Lever Out
Now use a claw hammer on the screw to gently lever it out. Use something behind the hammer to protect your wall. A block of wood works well but anything you have to hand can work. Here I just used a notebook that was lying around.
Option Two – Push it in
This is by far the easiest method and is one you have probably already tried before googling this guide. But if not, try it. If the hole drilled was large, or you have cavity walls then the plug should just push in. You can then simply fill the hole with filler and the job is done!
Option Three – Drill Out The Plug
If you cant remove the plug using the rawl plug and you can’t push it in then another good option is to drill the top of the plug. You only need to remove a little bit of material here. Just enough so it is below the surface of the wall.
Once you have done that you can fill over the top and no one will ever know it was there!