OK, all you readers, regular or occasional lookie-loos, I need your help. Pretty soon we will start really diving in to our third bedroom to transform it into an actual bedroom for the coming kiddo. We’ve done zero decorating in this room, but loved having a separate room for the computer in our little house. But times change!
Here’s my problem. The previoius owners left us these lovely bolts in the wall. I think they would be called bolts? They are like one long piece of metal, including the flat circular part you see on the outside of the wall and a cylinder part that goes into the wall. They are about 3/4 inch diameter (on the flat wall part). There are 5 of them on a prominent wall. My mom is the Family Handyman, and I know she’ll help me, but I wanted to see if anyone has ever had to remove something like this before? The only thing I’ve tried is prying up the sides of the part on the outside of the wall with a screwdriver, but it does not seem very pliable.
Any ideas?


  1. Fill with putty…spackle…smooth…paint.
    🙂 If it’s not sticking out too far from the wall, I would rather fill the small hole, rather than a large hole. That’s just me, though. And it’s easy. 🙂

  2. You’re right about your mom. She’s great at this stuff. She should be a poster girl for “Tough Chicks Guide to Home Repair.” (She can also help you if you have a leaky toilet or want to install drip system for yard plants.) dad

  3. I think Steph got it. Make a big hole in the wall, patch it up, and repaint.

    You’ve probably already figured it out, but… Check out this website toward the bottom under “Sleeve-Type Hollow Wall Anchors”. It tells you to drive the metal sleeve into the wall and patch it up.

    Good luck!

  4. push it through and patch it…dont try to pull it out…it has 2 long metal prongs that have spread out behind the drywall…creating an “anchor” where otherwise a regular “screw” would not take hold. It won’t pull out without a lot of work, alot of cussing…speaking from experience here…and leaving a HUGE hole that inevitably creates alot more work and alot more cussing.


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