Almost all our modern day bedrooms have attached bathroom and we all want them to be utilitarian. Not only they ensure good hygiene but also you visit a bathroom just as frequently as you visit the kitchen. In the bathroom, a toilet paper holder is among the most important fixtures and if you don’t have it in your bathroom, install it today. Fortunately, it is very easy to do it yourself.
I have brought this step-by-step guide on how to install a toilet paper holder in order to enable you complete this small project yourself.
First of all, make a run to the nearest hardware store in order to gather all the supplies you will need. It is better to purchase everything in a single go, as it will save you both money and time. Check everything you will need for this project and make a list. Take that list along with you to the store and purchase whatever you have jotted down on it. You will need a couple of screwdrivers to remove the toilet paper holder hardware.
You are going to need:
- Permanent marker
- Tape measure
- Standard toilet paper holder
- Drill with a 1/4” glass-and-tile drill bit
- Hammer (if using drywall anchors)
- Plastic Toggle Drywall Anchors package
The size of the anchors will determine the drill bit you have to use. It is different for different sizes of the anchor. Now you are good to go.
Firstly, you have to determine the height of the toilet paper holder you want to install. Usually it is between 28” and 30” above the ground. Take a measure tape and measure your desired height from the floor. When you have reached that height, use a permanent marker to mark points on that height above the ground level on the wall.
Again, use the measure tape to measure the length of the rod and the horizontal distance between the two mounting plates of the holder.
When you have this measurement, mark this distance on the wall or tiles with the help of the marker. Make two spots, this is where you have to drill holes in the tiles or the dry wall.
A torpedo level will help you mark two parallel holes for the plates, as two plates require four holes, two holes per plate.
Now use an electric drill machine to drill holes in the tiles or the dry wall. The marks will help you in doing this task correctly. Hold the drill machine straight while its switched on. Be attentive as you don’t want your tiles to get ruined by any unnecessary hole or chipping away.
Now you won’t install the mount brackets directly onto the wall. Before them, you have to place anchors that will keep these brackets secured and unmoving.
Anchors are of two types; both are of plastic. However, they differ a bit in their structure. The first one is a simple one with two arms. The second one is a bit more substantial and strong. The first and second figures show the first type and the third and fourth images show the butterfly anchor.
Now there is a pin in the anchor package. Use it to pop out the butterfly wings of the anchor in the insides of the wall.
Do it will all the four anchors.
With a dry wall, you can use a hammer to pound the plastic anchor into the wall. However, it is easier to do with tiles and the anchor simply slides in with the pressure of the thumb on it.
Stash the metal brackets on the anchors. Keep the bracket in upright position by holding one of its ends. Insert a screw in the other end and use a drill machine to tighten it. You can also do it with a screwdriver. However, that would be a time consuming way. Repeat the process until both the brackets are firmly in place and doesn’t appear loose. Try moving them a little with your fingers. If they doesn’t move, it means you have done a good job.
Now, place the metal plates on the mount assembly, one on each side. You have to install these two metal arms, one on each side, parallel to each other on the wall. Do the same for the other arm as well. Put the toilet tissue roll in the rod and fix the two ends of the rod in the holes in each of the metal arm/plate. Try moving the roll. It will slide on the rod freely and the holder will stay sturdy in its place. Your work is complete.
You can install/repair a toilet rack/bar in the same way, following the same steps as I have mentioned here. Enjoying using a trouble-free toilet paper holder!
If you are looking for such updates to your bathroom, keep on visiting this site and reading my blogs. I am sure you will find them interesting and easy enough to do at home. If you are a DIY type of person, this is surely your thing. Why waste money on a plumber when you can handle it yourself in a far more economical and fun way. No matter how difficult they may seem, domestic projects are easy enough to fulfill with some knack of skills and quick working.
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