Dowels are very useful for hanging things on the wall, fixing them or using them in some other way as a holder. But how can I remove the dowel from the wall again? We will show you the different options.
Who does not know it when setting up, rearranging or moving:
The furniture was cleared out, pictures, shelves and cupboards were taken down and now there are still the old holes in the wall. Holes that still need to be filled. But first you have to remove the dowels – but how? Depending on the dowel and the wall, there are different methods of removing a dowel from the wall.
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Remove universal dowel
Universal dowels (also called mounting dowels) are available in a wide variety of designs and sizes. Due to their universal applicability (hence the name), they are very popular and widespread, as they can be installed in the wall without special tools.
You twist a corkscrew into the dowel hole until it grips and then carefully pull the dowel out. If you don’t succeed on the first try, screw the corkscrew a little deeper into the plug.
Tip: When pulling out, please pull and shake very carefully so as not to create a much larger hole.
Use a screw that fits well into the dowel hole. Screw these 2-3 turns into the dowel so that the thread of the screw grips but does not yet cause the dowel to expand.
As soon as the screw is properly seated, pull it out with suitable pliers and the dowel.
If the first two methods didn’t remove the dowel, the dowel may have at least loosened a bit or even moved a little. With flat-nosed pliers you can now try to grasp the edge of the dowel. The dowel can now be loosened with a gentle shake and pull. The advantage of this method is that nothing puts pressure on the dowel from the inside, making it a little more flexible.
“If you don’t want to go out…
…must go in!”
This is certainly not the noblest method, but is particularly suitable for plasterboard walls (and other cavity solutions) and dowels without a wide edge. If the dowel has a wide edge, it can be carefully cut off with the help of a cutter knife or the blade of a box cutter. But please do this very carefully, otherwise you will cause more damage to the wall and your fingers than you would like.
To sink the dowel, take a thick screw (slightly thicker than the screw you would use for the dowel) and use it as a firing pin. Insert the screw and carefully tap the dowel into the wall with a hammer.
Tip: Make sure you do this very carefully, otherwise you will later have a huge hole in the wall that can no longer be repaired with putty.
If you have a thin dowel but don’t have a cavity behind the wall, you can also try folding it into the hole and making it disappear. A very ignoble method, but the main thing is that the dowel is gone.
This method will create a hole the size of the dowel, but the dowel will be all the way out. You will have to choose this method if the dowel was glued in or nothing else helps.
Take a drill and drill out the dowel from the inside. The dowel is milled away from the inside and the remains can be removed from the hole with the vacuum cleaner.
Tip: all these methods are suitable for plastic anchors. Knock-in dowels and the like can also be removed in this way, as long as they have not been glued.
Remove special dowels
Special substrates, building materials, building techniques also require special dowels. Here you can see two types where the anchor can be easily removed from the wall with the right technique.
plastic and metal
If you find a special dowel (plasterboard dowel, aerated concrete dowel and insulating material dowel) in a wall, you can simply use the screwing tool / dowel guide (usually supplied) with which you inserted the dowel into the wall. From a guide rail – which pre-drills an opening – to special bits for cordless screwdrivers, there are various ways of getting such a plug in and, above all, out of the wall.
Here the tool is clamped into the cordless screwdriver, inserted into the dowel and slowly and carefully unscrewed.
Tip: A long and thin flathead screwdriver can also work, but if you have the right tool handy, it’s best to play it safe.
Metal plasterboard anchors (with self-tapping threads) are best screwed back out of the wall with a large (fitting) Phillips screwdriver.
Metal cavity anchors have the property that they expand in the cavity – like an umbrella. In order to loosen this wedging again, you have to turn the screw in the dowel so that the screw grips the thread at the back. Now the screw is held in the rear part of the dowel and sticks out quite a bit at the front.
Now take a hammer and carefully drive the screw into the dowel. This will release the anchor again. The dowel tightened and slimmed down. If the screw cannot be driven in any further, you can now grab the screw head with a pair of pliers. You can now remove the dowel by carefully pulling on the screw head.