12-03-2013 12:49 PM - edited 12-03-2013 12:52 PM
There are at least three types of toilet paper holders:
In each case, the post or recessed cup hides the attachment to the wall ... creating a clean-appearing install.
On the first two, you will find a small screw on the bottom of each post that loosens to release the wall anchor.
Once released, you can repair the wall and re-attach the anchor point ... then replace the post over the anchor and re-tighten the screw(s) to re-attach the post.
Recessed is similar, but the screws are located behind the toilet paper and they loosen a plate that is "recessed" inside the wall behind the paper holder.
When these screws are loosened, the paper holder slides up to release the plate from inside the wall and then down to release the top edge of the plate and remove the paper holder from the wall.
Repair the wall, slide the plate inside the wall and center over the hole, then tighten the plate to secure the holder against the wall.
Snug is usually tight enough.
Tightening too much can crack the sheetrock and create a secondary repair ... patching the wall.
Once the post or plate feels snug, stop and test how firm the anchor point holds.
If needed, tighten slightly more ... but never over-tighten until something breaks!
Ask your Plumbing Associate or Kitchen And Bath Associate to show you these pieces at The Store.
It is much easier to visualize the repair when you see the piece you'll be installing.
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01-10-2014 02:41 AM
Fixing everything to the walls are getting lower preference nowadays, especially in homes or offices having tiled walls. Either they go for the wall-fix type or the vacuum-sticky type holders, which will be strong and can last for long without damaging the walls. I've seen people preferring toilet caddies for their homes. If you are thinking of drilling the wall and fixing it try doing it in non-tiled ones. Mark it, drill it and fix it.