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Whether you move into a new home or want to give a facelift to your current decor, what to do with the ankles you no longer need? How to remove them without damaging the walls?

Start by identifying the type of ankle

To maintain more or less heavy objects, the peg must be anchored either in the thickness of a solid wall or behind the thin wall of a hollow wall. When you remove the object, you only see the head of the ankle. It is by observing this one that you can identify the type of ankle: Plastic ankle? Metal pin? Examination of the wall is also a good indication since some dowels are only used in specific materials.

How to remove a plastic peg?

A plastic peg is relatively simple to remove.
For this you need a sufficiently long and wide screw, a screwdriver and a pliers.

  • Start by screwing the screw into the ankle, leaving it to extend 1 cm.
  • Grasp the screw with the pliers and pull on the screw head by turning it on itself or with small movements up and down.
  • If the screw comes out without the ankle, repeat the operation.
    Then reload the hole with a filler. Let dry well before sanding.

How to remove a metal peg in a wall plasterboard?

The metal dowels for placo open in an umbrella behind the plasterboard. They are therefore difficult to remove.
You need an electric screwdriver with a special metal drill bit and a flat nose pliers.

  • Drill the dowel using the drill with a diameter slightly larger than that of the dowel.
  • The metal collar that locks the ankle to the surface of the wall will fall alone or pull it with the clamp.
  • Grab the ankle with the pliers and remove it from the wall.

Then refill the hole with a filling plaster. Let dry well before sanding.

What if an ankle does not want to come out of the wall?

Expansion dowels and ankles for placo may prove recalcitrant. To avoid finding yourself with huge holes in the walls, it is sometimes better to leave them in place. But this is not to say that you will continue to contemplate them ad vitam aeternam. Fortunately, there are some tips to make them invisible:

  • For a plastic peg press it into the wall thickness by pushing it with a hammer. If the ankle has a collar, cut it.
  • For a metal peg, remove the flange with a pair of pliers or with the drill of an electric screwdriver. Then push the body of the ankle into the thickness of the placo.

It is enough that the head of the ankle does not splash more on the surface of the wall so that you can hide its site with a coating of filling.

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