Step 5: Fit backing into notches

towel bar step 5
Photo: Merle Henkenius
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Cut 1x4s to length, and then press them into the notches and tightly against the 1x2 corner cleats. Check to make sure that the 1x4s don't protrude beyond the studs. If they do, you'll have trouble fitting the drywall pieces back into the holes. If necessary, remove the 1x4s and cut the notches a little deeper or move back the cleat. Attach the 1x4 backing with 2-inch galvanized decking screws. Drive the screws into the notched studs and the 1x2 corner cleats.
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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