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 towel bar is one of the most important fixtures and if you don’t have one in yours, install it today.
Whether it’s broken, outdated or simply didn’t exist before, installing a new towel bar is something almost every home owner will likely have to do at one point or another. Fortunately, it is very easy to do it yourself.
I have brought this step-by-step guide on how to replace a towel bar in order to enable you complete this small project yourself.
THINGS YOU NEED:
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. Your first task is to choose a towel bar. When replacing your old towel bar, a couple of things you have to keep in mind: size of the bar and the vein, which it mounts. If it’s the same as the old one, it will use the same hole and even the old brackets as long as they are in good enough condition. Otherwise, you have to patch and paint those holes first. Either way, that’s really simple to do. In fixture comes the towel bar simply and rest are the tools. You are going to need:
- Towel Bar
- Drill machine
- Drill bits
- Mounting plates
Now you are good to start working.
STEP 1: REMOVE THE OLD BAR
If you have an old towel-bar installed, remove it and set it aside. Now you can face two scenarios: either the new towel bar is of same size or it is of different size than the old one.
If the new one is of different size than the old one, then you have to patch and paint the holes in the wall made by the previous one, before getting started.
Don’t worry if you are starting from scratch as I have included all the steps for a beginner.
STEP 2: MARK THE HOLES ON THE WALL
If you want to make sure that your towel bar is straight once it is in use, you have to use a level. Place the level on the wall where you want your towel bar installed. Mark two points where you will make holes in the wall. You can use the tip of a screw to mark the screw point on the wall above the level.
Now set up the fastener holes. There are two ways to do this step. So, first check to see, which you are attaching to. Is there a stud behind the bar? If yes, then you have to use a drill bit that is smaller than the screw to predrill the holes so that you can mount the bar directly into the studs.
If you are attaching the bar to dry wall only, you need to create a solid base by setting up anchors.
STEP 4: DRILL THE HOLES
Take the drill machine and fix the drill bit of size indicated in the instructions written on the package. Use it to drill holes in the dry wall for the anchors to go in.
STEP 5: PLACE THE ANCHORS
Now take the anchors and hammer their way into the holes in the wall. Be careful as not to pound the hammer on your fingers by mistake. Don’t pound too hard on the anchor head as it can break.
STEP 6: PLACE THE MOUNTING PLATES
Now take the mounting plates and put them over the anchors. These plates have predrilled holes on the upper and lower end. Push in the screws into these holes and use the drill machine with the right bit fitted to fix them in place.
If you are installing a specific type of towel bar, the package will indicate how to do all these steps with that particular type. You can consult the installation guide of the type of towel bar you are using. These general rules, however, will stay the same.
STEP 7: INSTALL THE TOWEL BAR
With the mount assembly in place, you can now attach the towel bar to each of the mounting plates. Once you have done it, simply tighten the setscrews on the bottom of each end of the bar. With this done, your towel bar is ready for use.
If you find the towel bar is a little loose, tighten the setscrews further or if it is still moving when you hang the tower over it, there is definitely some loose connection at the base. Remove the bar, fix the screws using a screwdriver, and reinstall the towel bar. I hope this time it will be fixed in place. However, avoid putting too much weight on the bar, such as don’t put your weight on it, else the base can break.
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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