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theguitarman
Odd Towel Bar Mount
theguitarman

Hello

I am updating a bathroom, and part of that is new towel bars and toilet paper holders. However, these are very securely attached, and I have never seen any that attach this way. I would like to understand how they were mounted before I remove all the of them.

There are no set screws or covers to remove to expose a mounting bracket. There is no mounting bracket. It does not use drywall anchors. These seem to be ceramic, and it seems like it was mudded or grouted into the drywall itself? I can understand grouting them into a ceramic tile wall, but into drywall??? Can anyone provide any more info on these?

(Side note: I cannot upload images to show pictures...it gives me a not a valid image file error, even tho it is a JPEG image file. They look sort of like this: https://img0.etsystatic.com/035/0/8975091/il_fullxfull.632811380_spxi.jpg)

Thanks in advance!

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Basically, the tile is set with a hole slightly larger than the back of the bracket, then it is grouted into place, the grout will slump once in the hole, keying the bracket into place.

theguitarman
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theguitarman
A. Spruce wrote:

Basically, the tile is set with a hole slightly larger than the back of the bracket, then it is grouted into place, the grout will slump once in the hole, keying the bracket into place.

Thanks for the reply!

These fixtures are not set in a tile wall, they are just on a drywall covered wall. So they grouted these holders into the drywall? Is that normal?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
theguitarman wrote:

Thanks for the reply!

These fixtures are not set in a tile wall, they are just on a drywall covered wall. So they grouted these holders into the drywall? Is that normal?

Not tile, then they'd have used either drywall mud or a fast setting plaster, again, the plaster would gush out behind the drywall and key the brackets in place. You'd want to use some blue tape to hold them steady while the plaster dries.

theguitarman
Re: Odd Towel Bar Mount
theguitarman
A. Spruce wrote:

Not tile, then they'd have used either drywall mud or a fast setting plaster, again, the plaster would gush out behind the drywall and key the brackets in place. You'd want to use some blue tape to hold them steady while the plaster dries.

Thanks! That is what I figured but never heard of that! Thanks for the replies

ordjen
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ordjen

Spruce is correct in how these rods are mounted. I have seen it done in drywall also. To remove them you have little choice other than to cut around them with a drywall saw and pull them out. Don't just yank on them!!!

If you want to keep the new hangers at the same height, I would consider removing a long, narrow, horizontal piece of drywall, screwing wood blocking into the studs at that height , and then replacing the drywall. The old drywall has been conpromised as to strength. The wood blocking will give you a strong anchoring point for the new hardware and take the stress off the drywall patch.

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