Anyone know how to get a super old wall plug out? My husband and I are redoing our house we just bought and have multiple all over our bathroom. The house was built in 1958 so I don’t know if that makes a difference in what kind of wall plugs were used. I looked up how to do it. Did it the way it shows (by screwing in a screw and grabbing it with pliers to pull out) and it took a huge chunk of the wall with it because it has a really big metal back behind the wall. I tried to add a picture but it’s not allowing me to.
I believe you are describing hollow wall anchors. Molly screw is a common brand name that has come to be reference for almost any hollow wall anchor. I think you have half the removal process. You need to install a screw then gently tap it with a hammer. This will straighten out the insert allowing it to come out thru a hole slightly larger than the original.