0

I'm in the process of replacing vinyl shutters on my brick-front home. I'm replacing the existing ones with identical sized new ones that will use the same drilled holes. The problem I'm having is that when I take off the old shutters the old shutter-lok fasteners often break off with nothing to grab on to. At ground level I have been able to drill them out by pressing with all my body weight while drilling. I can't do this for the higher ones since I have to be on a ladder. Is there a effective tool I can use to extract these plastic fasteners from the pre-drilled holes in the brick without applying significant force?

Note: I have tried using smaller drill bits to break it up first with limited success. I have also tried a reverse-thread screw extraction bit that didn't help at all.

0

The best solution I have found so far is to take a long wood screw, drill it into the plastic fastener that is stuck in the wall, then take a hammer and pry it back out - hopefully with most of the plastic fastener still attached. It isn't great, but the best I can do until I find a better method.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

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