How to Replace a Towel Bar - Page 2

  • Step 2 : Make a patch and apply to damaged area

    Make a patch and apply to damaged area Make a patch and apply to damaged area

    Insert a piece of screen or even cardboard cut slightly larger than the hole. Hold the patch in place by looping some string through the center of the patch, and then roll it up. Push it through the opening and spread it out behind the wall.

  • Step 3 : Give a final coat to patch and sand smooth

    Give a final coat to patch and sand smooth

    Hold the patch in place by tying the string around a pencil or stick. Then apply more joint compound with the putty knife. Don't try to fill the hole, just cover the patch and let it dry overnight. Cut off the string at the wall and remove the pencil and apply a finish coat of joint compound; when it is dry, sand it smooth.

  • Step 4 : Position the towel bar

    Position the towel bar

    Determine how high on the wall you want the towel bar. Some towel bars come with templates to help locate the mounting holes. Use the template or if none are included, measure the distance between the two brackets and make light pencil marks on the wall. Then use the bracket itself as a template to make the hole locations on the wall.

  • Step 5 : Drill pilot holes and insert anchor

    Drill pilot holes and insert anchor

    Drill pilot holes for the anchors. Make these holes slightly smaller that the diameter of the anchor, but not too small. The anchor should have a snug fit, but if the hole is too small the wall will be damaged when you insert the anchor.

    Drill pilot holes and insert anchor Drill pilot holes and insert anchor

    Use a hammer to tap a Molly-type or expanding plastic anchor into the wall. If you are using toggle bolts, insert the bolt through the towel bar mounting bracket before you push the toggle into the wall.

  • Step 6 : Install brackets

    Install brackets Install brackets

    Secure the towel bar between the brackets by first installing one end into a bracket, then the second bracket until both brackets are firmly fastened on the wall.

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