Remove Unwanted Molly Bolt Wall Anchors Without Damaging Drywall
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.
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.
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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