Take the 2-minute tour ×
Home Improvement Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am trying to pull some wood shutters off vinyl siding. The screws are placed into what looks like a cylinder (I believe it is called an "anchor"), which itself looks attached to the siding. But when you get working on the screws, instead of coming out, they simply spin and make a popping noise every once in awhile. How can I get these shutters off?

Note: This is not simply one isolated screw; none of them will come out on any of the shutters. I have also put a crowbar behind the shutter to pull it from the wall so that the screw would "catch", but that didn't work either.

share|improve this question
    
Pictures are always helpful. –  Tester101 Jun 21 '12 at 18:54
add comment

2 Answers

Have you tried just pulling the screw? If it is a plug anchor it should just pull right out with moderate force. If it is a toggle-like anchor (where something expands behind the wood), try pulling the screw until it feels tight, then hold the anchor with a pair of pliars and try turning the screw.

Worst case just cut the screw off with a pair of tin snips, a rotary tool with a cut-off wheel, etc. Once the screw head is off you can probably just push the rest of the screw and anchor into the void behind the wall.

share|improve this answer
    
+1 for suggesting the venerable dremel tool. –  Michael Karas Jul 5 '13 at 9:06
add comment

First, try other screws first. Sounds like some of them didn't "bite" and are just spinning.

Apply a slight pulling pressure to the shudder near the point of the screw connection as you're unscrewing it as well.

share|improve this answer
    
I have done both those things, but they didn't work! –  Nick Thompson Jun 21 '12 at 18:34
    
Hmm. Can you post some pics? –  The Evil Greebo Jun 21 '12 at 18:35
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.