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Hey guys im new here so forgive me if this isnt the place to ask but here it goes, im puting a new civic number on the front of my house and i took the old board with it off, it appears that the previous owner drilled a hole in the concrete around the bricks and wedged normal screws in backwards and stuffed a bunch of small wood material and specks to keep it in there good, i tryed getting them out with channel locks and needle nose pliers with no luck, why they didnt just use wedge anchors is beyond me but any thoughts on how i could get these screws out?
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Hey guys im new here so forgive me if this isnt the place to ask but here it goes, im puting a new civic number on the front of my house and i took the old board with it off, it appears that the previous owner drilled a hole in the concrete around the bricks and wedged normal screws in backwards and stuffed a bunch of small wood material and specks to keep it in there good, i tryed getting them out with channel locks and needle nose pliers with no luck, why they didnt just use wedge anchors is beyond me but any thoughts on how i could get these screws out?
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You don't have to remove the screws if you're replacing the board with a new board. Just break them off at the face of the wall and cover them with the new board.

Or cut them off with a hacksaw. Or take a few whacks at them with a hammer--screws are brittle as compared to nails.

Or chisel away the mortar around the screws and jimmy them out.
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"...in backwards..."

this probably means the heads - at the back of the hole - have chiseled into the mortar. alternately if the backward screws were long enough, the head could be on the inside of the mortar joint...

either way, seems you'll need to dig out any and all 'filler' material so the screws can move toward the center enough to disengage the head from the mortar (groove.) and - just to keep it interesting.... - depending on diameters, one screw may have to come out "first" as its head is "in front" of the others and 'pinning' the other(s) to the side....

are you familiar with Mythbusters? their approach was "If at first.... then more C4!"
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You don't have to remove the screws if you're replacing the board with a new board. Just break them off at the face of the wall and cover them with the new board.

Or cut them off with a hacksaw. Or take a few whacks at them with a hammer--screws are brittle as compared to nails.

Or chisel away the mortar around the screws and jimmy them out.
Agree. Just make new holes and use proper anchors.

George

PS Hever heard of a "civic number." Is that the same as a house number or street number?
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screws or bolts?

It wouldn't make much sense to put screws in and wedge them in with wood bits... how would they then get screwed into the wood? If the mortar was wet and they act like larger headed anchors until the mortar setup, that would make some sense.

Proper concrete anchors either the drive in type, Tapcons, or the lead taper type would be your best method of securing a new board:
https://www.concretefasteners.com/an...w/pricing.aspx

As far as removing the original anchors, knock them sideways and break them off, or drive them further into the mortar.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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