Step 1: Cut through drywall to expose studs

towel bar step 1
Photo: Merle Henkenius
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In order to install 1x4 backing, you must first cut a rectangular hole 6-inches-high and long enough to span at least two studs. If working in a corner, mark the hole outlines starting 1 ½-inches from the wall corner and extending 3 inches beyond a stud. Then, use a drywall saw to cut along the pencil lines.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw
    • hand saw
      Hand saw
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • chisel
      Chisel
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • drywall knife
      Drywall knife

    Shopping List

    1. 1x4 BLOCKING
    One required per towel bar

    2. 1X2 CLEAT
    required for fastening blocking to corner stud

    3. 2-INCH DECKING SCREWS
    for attaching the blocking to the studs

    4. 1/4-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS

    5. PAPER DRYWALL TAPE OR FIBERGLASS MESH TAPE
    used to conceal seams around drywall patch

    6. DRYWALL JOINT COMPOUND
    for finishing drywall patch

    7. 150-GRIT ABRASIVE PAPER
    used to sand joint compound

    8. PRIMER AND PAINT
    to match wall

    9. TOWEL BARS
    see the Product Gallery for options