coloured stripe

Painting, decorating and home improvement tips blog

How to remove Rawl plugs

Posted by Adrian
June 20th, 2013

Drawing of a red Rawl plug

How to remove Rawl plugs

Before you decorate you may wish to remove old Rawl plugs. You may think they are hard to remove because of what they are designed for, making a secure fixing for a screw to go into, however when done correctly they are not that hard to remove. It is always best to remove them rather than filler over them leaving unsightly lumps on the wall that show once you have decorated. If you try to remove the Rawl plug and it simply will not budge, you can either make sure the plug is sunk below the surface of the wall or cut the flange off of the plug if it is proud of the wall and then fill the hole, as I mention in this post about Rawl plugs.

Removing Rawl plug video

Below is a quick video of me removing a Rawl plug from a wall using a screw and claw hammer. If you want to protect your walls whilst removing the plug, use a piece of wood to lever the claw hammer off of, rather than the wall, by doing this you put pressure on the wood and will not dent your wall with the hammer.

If you liked this post, please share it with your friends, family and colleagues via the social media buttons below. You can also subscribe to my Property Decorating YouTube channel.

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Decorating Tips, Video | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “How to remove Rawl plugs”

  1. Kb Says:

    thanks very useful

    Date posted : August 5th, 2015 at 12:11 am
  2. bev Says:

    wish I’d seen this earlier, just taken ages to try to remove rawl plugs some of which I could some couldn’t but never thought to try levering with a claw hammer, but then again not sure I’ve got one but will know for next decorating saga.
    really useful site.

    Date posted : February 18th, 2016 at 3:09 pm
  3. KATHRYN Says:

    Need Help to Get rid of an old Rawlplug in the wall But have No Sound ? Any Written help??

    Date posted : October 2nd, 2019 at 10:46 pm
  4. admin Says:


    Put a screw into the rawlplug 2 or 3 threads, then use the hammer to pull the plug out, to protect the wall use some wood or similar to protect the wall.

    Date posted : October 3rd, 2019 at 4:39 pm

Leave a Comment


My Paintbrush logo