Step 8: Install the bars

towel bar step 8
Photo: Merle Henkenius
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The final step of the project is to install the two towel bars. For each bar, fasten the metal mounting brackets to the wall; make sure the screws you use are long enough to go all the way through the drywall and into the 1x4 backing. Then, slide the towel bar sockets over the metal brackets until you've got them tightly wedged in place.

You can now enjoy your new towel bars, knowing they'll probably never get yanked out of the wall, or come crashing suddenly to the ground.
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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