How to prepare an existing wall plug, ready for re-use

Task difficulty: Quite easy

You want to re-use a wall plug that's already in the wall, but it's too large and you can't get your screw to knit with it.

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Step by step process

  1. Step 1

    Step 1

    Ensure the area is clean, dry and free from oil, dust and grease.

  2. Step 2

    Step 2

    Remove the Polycell Plug It Polyfilla from the packet and cut off a strip.

  3. Step 3

    Step 3

    Remove the protective film from both sides of this strip and then knead it - make sure you wear suitable gloves. It may help if you wet the Polyfilla with a little water.

  4. Step 4

    Step 4

    Once it is uniform in colour, push into the raw plug cavity using a flat bladed tool until it is fully filled. Polycell Plug It remains workable for up to 4 minutes, which should give you ample time to remove any excess material and ensure a flush finish.

  5. Step 5

    Step 5

    Insert your screw into the Polyfilla. Screw to around half-way using light finger pressure. This will create a pilot hole.

  6. Step 6

    Step 6

    Leave the screw in place to set for one hour, then use a screwdriver to carefully remove it. The screw can then be replaced and fully tightened when you're ready. Polycell Plug It Polyfilla can support hanging objects of up to 30kg.

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