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04:25PM | 12/13/05
Member Since: 12/12/05
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I have removed the towel holder on my bathroom wall, but it had a butterfly bolt holding it tightly in place.

I need to remove the bolt without making a big ole hole in my wall. How can I do that? I am afraid if I pull it out, it will bring some drywall out with it.. :-(

Also, when I remove it "safely" out of the wall, how do I "hide" or fix the little hole it left?


Jim D

11:01PM | 12/13/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Angelowner - hi, the butterfly should've required a hole slightly larger than the head of the bolt when it was installed. I'd simply push the bolt into the wall and let it stay in there. If the bolt has a washer on it or the head is too large to push through the wall, then you'll need to hold the head with Vise grip pliers and use a hacksaw to cut the bolt off, letting the butterfly portion fall inside the wall.

If you don't want the butterfly inside the wall for whatever reason, you'll have to enlarge the hole. It was folded up when it was pushed through the wall but as it cleared the thickness of the wall, it opened up and could be anywhere from 1" - 2" wide now.

To hide the hole, simply use spackling compound and a putty knife to apply it. Get the non-shrinking kind of compound. After it dries, you can sand the excess off with a sanding sponge or sandpaper that's been dampened with plain water. If you've never done any of this, you can review basic drywall repairs in the books on sale at the big box stores, or ask the folks that work there for a little guidance.

I hope this helps you. Good luck and Happy Holidays! Jim D/West Point, VA


03:38AM | 12/14/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Once the butterfly has expanded there is no way to get the BUTTERFLY out without making a big hole in the wall.

However, if the screw and butterfly has not corroded you can usually unscrew it and let the butterfly just drop down the inside of the wall.

The butterfly will just spin in the wall unless you keep tension on the screw as you unscrew it. For something like a towel bar you usually do it by pulling out on the bar constantly as you unscrew the screw. If you have multiple screws you might need to keep alternating screws.


04:36PM | 12/14/05
Member Since: 12/12/05
2 lifetime posts
Jim and Bill,

Thank you both for your replies!

I think I'll take your advice, Jim, and just saw off the washer part, because that's exactly what it is, unfortunately.

But I do appreciate both of your replies... It's my first time buying a house and I need to know all I can about this "manly" stuff... hehehe

Have a great Happy Holiday season! :-)


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