I used plastic drywall anchors to mount a towel ring to the bathroom
wall. The anchors have pulled out of the wall.
I've used toggle bolts in the past, but they require pretty large
holes, and the holes for this particular mounting are only about an
All we have in my town is a crappy Menard's with untrained staff. We
don't get any of that "How can I help you with your project" that we
used to get at the home stores in bigger cities.
I assume you used the basic cone-shaped anchors, right? In between those and
toggle bolts is a middle solution: Somewhat fancier plastic anchors with
"wings", sort of. Go to www.homedepot.com and search for this item number:
These things don't need a hole quite as large as you'd make for metal
toggles. Might be a good solution.
I switched over to these several years ago. They work well for me. More
expensive that plastic anchors. I have had less problems with them. They are
available in pot metal and plastic in different sizes for the weight
Whatever your final "fix" you might want to patch (& tape) the holes
first, so you have some tiny amount of structural integrity for the
kludges you insert. The screw-in plastic/pot-metal inserts are
potentially much stronger than the cheapo plastic anchors.
Going forward, understand that the wallboard has little strength- it's
in the framing. Learn how to find the studs and anchor stuff to them.
What's the wall, tile over cement backer board or just drywall?
If it's drywall, I'd suggest you either try to relocate the towel ring
over a stud you can screw into, or perhaps make a suitably finished
strip of wood you can span and fasten to two studs and mount the ring
Unless you handle the towels on that ring with kid gloves, I wouldn't
trust any fasteners through drywall alone to last very long without
loosening. The typical user tugging on the towels will probably wiggle
He could find someone with a router to put some sort of decorative edge
around a 1-by whatever size wood is right, mount it on the outside, spanning
between the beams, and put a couple of other hooks on it for....whatever, in
addition to the towels.
I've used the "Self Drilling Drywall Anchors" myself with pretty good
success. I find them much better than the more "traditional" anchors -
they look like big palstic screws. There's also a version that has a
toggle built into them which is much smaller than the more traditional
toggle bolt. Here's a picture of what I'm talking about.
I routinely use 1 1/8" X 2 or 3" toggle and one plastic anchor per towel
ring/bar bracket. The plastic anchor has little or no holding power but
adds stability from twisting. You should never install 2 toggles that
close together. Cause you have turned your wall into Swiss cheese. The 1/8"
wing only requires about 5/16" hole.
In 19 years I have never had a call-back because of failure.
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