Fixing Loose Bathroom Holders

Time was a little short this weekend for anything but a quick fix. All of the bathroom holders, towel and toilet paper holder, in the master bathroom were so loose they would spin. The hand towel holder next to my sink came off.

 

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Spinning Towel Holder

Spinning Towel Holder

 

To start with the holder had to come off the wall. There is usually a screw at the bottom of the holder that secures the unit to the wall. An eyeglasses screwdriver worked great.

 

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Removal Screw

Removal Screw

 

Once the towel holder was removed, examining the mounting bracket revealed that a drywall screw was used.

 

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Mounting Bracket

Mounting Bracket

 

The bracket was fixed to the wall using a drywall anchor.

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Wall Anchor

Wall Anchor

 

I replaced the screw from a drywall screw to a regular wood screw of the same length. The surface area where the drywall screw met the bracket was considerably smaller than the replacement wood screw.

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New Wood Screw

New Wood Screw

 

The wood screw bit into the plastic wall anchor better than the drywall screw. The added surface area contact of the wood screw held the mounting bracket much better.

Finishing the re-installation was a matter of putting the holder back onto the mounting bracket and tightening the securing screw on the bottom of the holder.

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