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rynd2it 3rd December 2019 04:08 PM

Curtain rod supports
 
In a couple of rooms there are some curtain rod supports which appear to be made of 1/4" square metal and very firmly fixed into the wall. Before I start butchering the place, does anyone know how these are fixed? I need to remove them as they are in the wrong place.

Bevdeforges 3rd December 2019 04:30 PM

Are there any sort of visible screw heads in the mounts? Normally, the thingees that hold the curtain rods are screwed into the wall with rather long screws and the holes drilled into the wall are lined with dübels (that's what they're called in Germany) - I think they're called "chevilles" in French. But in any event, they're little plastic things that you pound into the hole you drill in the wall and they hold the screw much more firmly.

You may want to check to see if the square metal bit you're describing is perhaps a cover that can be popped off to reveal the screws and dübels.

rynd2it 3rd December 2019 04:35 PM

The square metal bits are over 3" long sticking straight out from the wall. There are no visible fixings at all

Bevdeforges 3rd December 2019 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rynd2it (Post 15002148)
The square metal bits are over 3" long sticking straight out from the wall. There are no visible fixings at all

OK, can you unscrew the square metal bits directly? It's possible that they are basically a sort of big screw set into a dübel.

rynd2it 3rd December 2019 04:39 PM

I will give that a try tomorrow, thank you

EverHopeful 3rd December 2019 04:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rynd2it (Post 15002148)
The square metal bits are over 3" long sticking straight out from the wall. There are no visible fixings at all

See if you can lift them up - they may well be of the type that slip over the fixture (you know, like towel rails and the like). They may be a bit stiff, blocked to some extent by paint, etc., but it seems to me that this is what you have (they are not uncommon).

Smeg 3rd December 2019 04:42 PM

Sometimes there is a cover on the support hiding the screws. Have a look.

Ikea do that. It usually pulls off from the bottom.

But I am guessing that...

The support itself is 'twisted' into the wall and fixed with one large screw.

Try untwisting the whole support anticlockwise. It will come out like that.

Poloss 3rd December 2019 05:11 PM

If your house is an ancient dwelling with stone walls covered with plaster, your curtain rod supports may well be cemented into the wall.

If the wall's made of plasterboard or hollow brick, then they'll be screwed into a plastic or metal rawlplug.

rynd2it 3rd December 2019 05:24 PM

Okay thanks for the input, I'll report back tomorrow

eairicbloodaxe 3rd December 2019 09:34 PM

If your house is VERY old, they may even be leaded in... (Fixed into a chiselled hole in the stone, using molten lead as adhesive/filler).

I think from your description we have the same sort in our house. Getting them out is a *****. Putting them back, almost impossible. We left ours and worked around it.

Regards



Ian


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