How to Fix a Loose Bathroom Towel Rack
Step by Step Instructions on Fixing a
Loose Bathroom Towel Rack
By: Mark J. Donovan
If you have children, you have probably had your bathroom towel
racks pulled out from the wall at one time or another. It is usually not all
their fault as frequently towel rack brackets are not always
properly installed. Frequently loose bathroom towel racks occur due to the towel rack
brackets not being securely fastened to a stud or a butterfly screw not used
when there isnít a stud.
To fix a loose bathroom towel rack, first remove
the towel rack from the towel rack brackets.
Usually there is a small common screw that needs to be
unscrewed to remove the towel rack from the towel rack bracket.
Next, remove the loose towel rack bracket from the wall.
While removing the bracket observe what the screws were screwed into.
Frequently they are screwed into plastic screw holders that fit snuggly into
the sheetrock. These devices are typically used when there is no stud for the
screw to secure to. Make sure that these screw holders are snug and secure in
the sheetrock. Most likely, however, one or more of these screw holders are
Using a screwdriver and a pair of pliers pull out the
plastic screw holder.
Once removed, you have a couple of options.
|If the hole in the sheetrock or drywall is still
relatively small, you can use a slightly larger plastic screw holder and
larger screw. However, prior to inserting the new larger plastic screw holder
into the hole, first squirt a nice stream of glue into the hole. You can then
screw the towel rack bracket back onto the wall. Let the bracket set over
night, prior to reassembling the towel rack to the bracket.
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The alternative to using a larger plastic screw holder is
to use a metal butterfly screw assembly. Simply hammer the butterfly portion
of the assembly into the hole, such that itís flange is flush with the wall.
Then secure the bracket to the wall, by inserting the screw through the
bracket hole and into the butterfly assembly. The butterfly screw assembly
when tightened will flair out on the backside of the sheetrock wall and hold
the bracket tight to the front side of the wall. You can then immediately
secure the towel bathroom rack back onto the bracket.
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