Rawl plugs - to leave or remove?

Discussion in 'Painters' Talk' started by CuriousGem, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. CuriousGem

    CuriousGem New Member

    I'm posting this in the painters' forum as I'm trying to prep the walls for painting.
    The previous owners of my house had hideous mirrors everywhere which I've removed but I now have rawl plug holes everywhere. What would you do with them? I've heard that you should NOT remove them from plasterboard but push them in and then fill, is that right? How about in concrete walls? Remove and fill? Are there any particular fillers that I should look at?
    I am a novice amateur but determined to learn! Thanks
     
  2. rogerk101

    rogerk101 Well-Known Member

    I'm tight ... I remove them for reuse, and then just fill with a decent sandable filler.
     
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  3. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Another one who pulls them, & occasionally reuse them.:oops:
     
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  4. Heat

    Heat Well-Known Member

    When rawl plugs are in solid walls, unless they appear to just pull out easy without damaging plaster, then I prefer to use a drill with masonry bit to drill them out. Then fill holes
     
  5. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Wind a screw in and pull out with a claw hammer.
     
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  6. John Southcombe

    John Southcombe New Member

    Anyone that removes rawl plugs and reuses shouldn't be allowed to use tools. Trying pushing in further or cut edges off with a stanley blade and fill over. Pulling them out causes damage to the plaster, more filling :(
     
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  7. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    A few on here are working to a very tight budget! Also builders smash things apart where as decorators take thing apart, less filling.:);)
     
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  8. Wayners

    Wayners Active Member

    On plasterboard if they are the standard plugs then pull them out. If they are the proper plasterboard plugs which are different I try pull one, but if it's creating damage and don't come out punch them trough. Seal the hole in plasterboard so filler sticks nicely and fill. On solid walls pull them out. Seal hole and fill.
     
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  9. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Wayners are you using an Irish keyboard? :D
     
  10. Wayners

    Wayners Active Member

    Watching football and typing plus my grammar is terrible.:) Just finished a job though where I think they screwed the wallpaper on solid block plastered walls. I pulled all the plugs out though
     
  11. Heat

    Heat Well-Known Member

    If the budget for a job is so tight that you need to reuse old rawlplugs that cost a few pence each, then hardly worth doing the job. :)
     
  12. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Thinking of helping the OAP's out, every penny counts for some folk. :)
     
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  13. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's that new paste, Screw the wall.
     
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  14. Heat

    Heat Well-Known Member

    Sorry, hadn’t realised you were that old.
     
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  15. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    18 months I WILL BE :eek:.
     
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  16. Wayners

    Wayners Active Member

    Oh. Filler. Get toupret standard interior powder filler in red box. Nothing comes close and if anyone says easyfill ill scream
     
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  17. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    I'll Scream, in a cornet or with wafers sir?
     
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  18. Heat

    Heat Well-Known Member

    And there was I joking about your age, pretending I thought you were old and unknown to me you are. :p
    Don’t worry, I am getting on a bit myself. :D
     
  19. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Thank you for those kind words, nice though as matrons just turned up to give me a helping hand in the bath!
     
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  20. Heat

    Heat Well-Known Member

    I feel so ashamed now. :oops:
    I know I should always respect old folk.
     
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