I am trying to remove a current curtain rail and it’s fitting. However once I remove the initial pole and fitting stay I am left with a stud for which there is no apparent attachment method and a plate which seems to have no movement. picture of remaining wall fixtureAny ideas how to remove this with minimal damage? Adding a picture of how it looks following comments to show closeness to wall. picture of wall where fitting has tried to be removed

  • Jiggle and try to turn it. Either the rod will come off or the base plate will Feb 11, 2023 at 21:59

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The plate is a cover that can be removed, revealing the screws that hold the fitting to the wall.

Some fittings that look like this have a slot or small hole on the rim. You must press a small screwdriver or awl into the hole, releasing an internal catch.

Usually, though, there is no slot, and the cover is held by a spring action. You simply pry it straight off with a butterknife or small screwdriver.

It can be difficult to do this without damaging the wall. Place a scrap of thin plywood, or a flat tool like a trowel or handsaw, between your prying tool and the wall.

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    Less commonly there might even be a small setscrew in a hole in the rim holding it on.
    – Ecnerwal
    Feb 11, 2023 at 22:12
  • Thank you for your suggestions, have tried twisting and prying unfortunately with no results. Any other ideas would be earnestly received! Feb 12, 2023 at 17:37

In the end tried to use pliers to twist the sticky out bit and it finally gave a little and I was able to remove the cover plate. Thanks all for your suggestions!

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