How to Remove Rawl Plugs

by Sam Wood | Last Updated: 05/07/2021

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

Tools Needed:

  • Screw
  • Screw Driver
  • Claw Hammer

Time Required

  • 1 Minute

This is my go-to option when it comes to removing rawl plugs from walls, and it rarely lets me down.

Rawl plug stuck in the wall

Rawl plug stuck in the wall

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.

Screw a screw halfway in

Screw a screw halfway in

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.

Lever out using a claw hammer

Lever out using a claw hammer

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!

Rawl plug pushed into the wall

Rawl plug pushed into the wall

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!

Drill Out The Pug

Drill Out The Pug

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Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!