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with Debbie Anderson

A hole where a wall anchor once was can be unsightly. Rather than just covering it up with a new picture or shelf, find out how to properly remove a wall anchor and fix up the hole to look brand new again.See Transcript

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Transcript:Remove a Wall Anchor

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com.

Why Remove Old Wall Anchors?

Whether you're moving out of a house, an apartment, or just moving a few bookshelves around on the walls, old wall anchors still sitting in the wall can become an unsightly eyesore. So today, I'm going to show you how to remove and reduce the appearance of old wall anchors in just a few easy steps.

What You Need to Remove Old Wall Anchors

For this task, you will need a Phillips Screwdriver, a Flat Head Screwdriver, a Putty Knife, All Purpose Sandpaper, Joint Compound, a Foam Paint Brush, a Clean Work Rag, and a small amount of Interior Paint that is the same color as the wall you are removing the old wall anchor from.

Remove the Old Wall Anchor

First, use your screwdriver to either pry out the old wall anchor or to unscrew the old wall anchor from the wall until the wall anchor has completely been removed from the wall.

Clean the Anchor Area

Next, remove any dust or small lingering pieces of wall particles from the hole left in the wall.

Apply Joint Compound

Then, use your Putty Knife to scoop out a small amount of joint compound and evenly apply a thick coat of joint compound to the inside of the hole where the old wall anchor was located in the wall.

Then, use the flat edge of your putty knife to feather out the edges of the joint compound over the wall surface surrounding the hole, so that the joint compound is evenly spread out and appears flush with the rest of the wall around the area where old wall anchor hole was once located .

Allow the joint compound to completely dry.

Sand the Wall Area

Next, use a piece of all purpose sandpaper to lightly sand and smooth over any rough spots on the dried joint compound so that it is flush with the rest of the wall's surface. Then, use a clean work rag to wipe away any dried joint compound dust around the area where the old anchor hole was located.

Touch Up the Area with Paint

Finally, use a foam paint brush and interior paint that closely matches the color of the paint on the rest of the wall to apply a touch-up coat of interior wall paint over the area where the joint compound is exposed on the wall.

Allow the paint to completely dry.

And with a few items from your local hardware store, those old wall anchor eyesores in the wall can be a thing of the past! Thank you for watching! To learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com!
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