What is this and how can it be removed?

This is found on my plasterboard wall and doesn't seem tohave any purpose.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W6W7Aw5upBpaRPZJO9EhoiGqPlp...

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  • +2 votes

    They appear to be Hollow Wall Anchors used for screws to stay in the walls.

    Hollow Wall Anchors are expansion cavity fixings for use in plasterboard walls and other board materials and thin sheets, the clamping action provides a very strong anchor point spreading the fixture load by deforming to an umbrella shape behind the board and preventing pull-through when tightened, includes a low profile roundhead screw, zinc plated.

    Source

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    Any way of removing them?

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      Pliers should do the trick. If they are tight you can drill them out and use gap fill.

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        Not a good idea if:

        deforming to an umbrella shape behind the board

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          In the image, it looks like those cheap non-heavy duty anchors as it was used to fasten something to the carpet.

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            @No Username: Yeah but the picture honestly confused me. That's not carpet on a wall, right? But I'm hoping no one is trying to screw things down into the carpet either.

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      There's no way to remove them without damaging the walls.

      Here's a video

    • +2 votes

      chop the front bit off and push them into the wall void.

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      I would get a sharp blade that's long and flexible enough run parallel to the wall and cut the outer part off. Then you can push the remaining part into the wall cavity and fill the hole. Trying to pull them out will create more damage to the plaster.

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    Can they be pushed into the wall cavity?

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    Cut the top off with a Stanley knife or a pair of sidecutters then push the rest in, leaves you with a hole which you can bog.
    You can also hang a painting over it using one of the anchors for the hook.

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      This. Will do a lot less damage pushing them in instead of pulling them out.

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    Thanks guys. Thats really helpful!

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    Was it carpet on the wall?

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    hang a painting there. problem gone

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      I'm repainting. It has to go lol.