From Engineering on July 07, 2008 in Bathroom Remodel
Bathroom hardware includes all of the small accessories such as towel bars, toilet paper holders, soap dishes, mirrors, shelves, or grab bars. Nothing is more frustrating or indicative of a poor-quality installation than one of these items continually falling off of the wall. Following the right anchoring techniques along with using the right materials is key to preventing this from happening.
It is important to mount all hardware onto studs. You can purchase a stud-finder inexpensively to easily locate the studs behind the drywall. Most of your hardware should come with the appropriate anchoring systems. If this component is missing, you can purchase various anchor bolts or flush-mount hangers. These hangers attach to the stud and then the hardware fixture attaches to the hanger.
All too often, there is a good chance you wont be able to have both ends of the item anchored into a stud. If this is the case, there are ways to still have it securely installed. A toggle bolt or molly is a bolt specially designed for hollow walls. A bolt with spring-loaded wings, you insert it into the wall and then the wings expand to create a strong anchor in the drywall. You can then attach the fixture to the bolt.
When installing towel bars, mirrors, or shelves, be sure to use a level to make sure you install it correctly the first time and avoid the need to drill unnecessary holes. If you hire a professional bathroom remodeler, be sure to have them hang the necessary hardware for you.