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Remove Unwanted Molly Bolt Wall Anchors Without Damaging Drywall

Molly bolt being straightened Method 1:  Straighten the Sleeve

Screw the bolt partway into the sleeve. Tap the bolt head using a hammer. The sleeve which is flared on the backside of the wallboard will straighten out and can be easily pulled out from the front. 


Drilling collar off a molly bolt Method 2:  Drill Off the Sleeve Collar

This method uses a 3/8” drill bit which is inserted into the bolt hole. Run the drill at a moderate speed and the bit will detach from the sleeve, allowing it to drop inside the wall.


Man hammering a molly bolt below surface

Method 3:  Drive the Molly Bolt Below the Surface

Back the bolt completely out of the sleeve, then, using a hammer, preferably a ball-peen hammer, drive the collar on the sleeve slightly below the surface of the wallboard, creating a shallow dimple. Fill the dimple with spackle.

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