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Sabina
Remove Old Towel Holders

Help! I want to hang new towel holders & toilet paper holders in my bathroom but I can't get the old ones off. I am afraid if I force it, the drywall will rip off. They were probably put in about 35 years ago and are really stubborn. Any idea's?

Thank you!

A. Spruce
Re: Remove Old Towel Holders

You may need to carefully run a utility knife around their bases if the walls have been painted without their removal. Beyond that they'll be held in place by visible screws or they'll have hidden fasteners, in which case the part that you see is held in place by a set screw either under the bracket or to the inside where the towel hangs.

Visible fasteners - remove the screws and lightly tap back and forth with a hammer.

Set screws - loosen or remove the set screw and lightly tap the bracket with a hammer. Additionally, once the bracket comes off, there will be another bracket that is anchored to the wall. Remove the screws here and this piece too will come off.

You may be able to install the new units over the old mounting holes, saving you the hassles of repairing these points. While the hardware is off the wall, this is a good time to paint.

:)

Sabina
Re: Remove Old Towel Holders

Many thanks, A. Spruce. I will certainly give this a try!

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Remove Old Towel Holders

If you can't find any set screws, anchor screws, etc. if you post a picture of the mounts on one of the units we may be able to give you further guidance.
Jack

A. Spruce
Re: Remove Old Towel Holders

You're welcome. Report back with your progress.:)

Sabina
Re: Remove Old Towel Holders

I finally got them all off but it sure was a pain. They had those funny looking screws with wings on them! (can you tell I'm a novice??) So, I ended up doing a bit of drywall repair and that went ok. And, most importantly, I got the new towel racks and tp holders done in both bathrooms!!!

Thanks for your advice; as you can imagine, I need all the help I can get!!!:)

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