The clear plastic towel bar in my bathtub is broken. That is a problem
because the holders are installed like tiles in the tile wall, so they are
not coming out easy. And I don't see how to get a new bar in without
Are replacement bars available? Any clever ideas for solving this?
I am thinking of reinstalling the old bar and mending it with fiberglass
when in place, but that is an awful lot of trouble.
Or, I could put in a wooden bar with a lap joint; but that isn't much
I've seen replacement stock in some of the bigger stores like Home depot
and Lowes in the shower and bath section. You'll need to figure out how to
loosen one of the holders to get the bar back in after you cut it to fit.
Umm, that's what this product is intended to do, or didn't you look
bother to look at the picture. It's the bar only, with a spring loaded
end so it can be compressed and slid into place. Like a toilet paper
Go and buy a replacement bar from a good supplier or you can
get one at home depot.
Cut the bar to the proper length for your particular holders.
Measure from the inside of one of the holder cups (the hole
that the towel bar goes into) to the face of the other towel
bar cup and add 1/4". The easiest way to do this is stick the
towel bar in one side and mark where the other side reaches
the holder, then add the 1/4". Cut the bar.
Turn your oven on as low as it will go. Place the bar in the
oven, wrapped in tin foil for about 20 minutes. Using thick
gloves or oven mitts, quickly remove the bar from the oven,
place one end in one holder and warp the other end into the
other holder. If you did everything right, you can hit the
towel bar with some water or wipe with a wet rag to cool it
down and you are done.
You can buy spring-loaded towel bars that will fit into the existing
fixture like a toilet paper roll holder. They can be cut to length, and
then spring-loaded end caps are installed.
Any hardware store will have them.
Well, I think I've done something like this somewhere. Maybe I'll
think of it and whether it is really like this. It might depend on
what the opening in each holder is like. If it is conical that would
make this harder. If it has a sharp corner and the sides of the hole
are straight almost to the top of the hole, that would be good.
I would measure the distance A from the bottom of one hole to the
inner edge of the other holder. (inner when looking at both holders at
the same time. Outer edge when looking at only one holder) That's how
long I would make the rod. It might have to be shortened a bit,
And the distance B from that inner edge to the bottom of the hole.
That's how much space has to be filled either with something springy
like foam rubber, or with something added later maybe through a
syringe with a needle on the end, such as often included with inkjet
Open cell Foam rubber will compress to 20 or 10% of its normal
thickness. When fully expanded, it's not very strong, but it's still
worth doing it with that as the goal, because this only takes a few
minutes. Take distance B, divide by 2, and make two pieces of foam
rubber to fit in the holes, each B/2 thick.
so maybe the goalsOne wants two pieces
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