09:04PM | 02/11/14
I have a hole in my plaster ceiling, the size of a quarter. A long screw is coming out of it, with a those metal wings that open, up in the ceiling. Can you please tell me how to get this out? I have tried just shoving it up into the hole, nope. I have tried putting long needle nose pliers up in the hole to squeeze the wings closed, nope.
Thank you for any advice.

David, Moderator

11:52PM | 02/12/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
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Not exactly sure what you have there. Sounds like it could be a toggle bolt or an expansion plug. If it is a toggle, you can pull down tight so the wings are against the ceiling. Turn the bolt counter clockwise. It might take quite a few turns depending on how long the bolt is.
If that doesn't work. Cut the bolt off with a grinder or hacksaw blade and push bolt into ceiling.
If it is a expansion plug you can try pushing the plug up into the ceiling. Works better if there is a bolt inserted and wiggle as you push.
Good luck


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