How to Remove a Wall-Recessed Ceramic Toilet Paper Holder

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Many older bathrooms, such as those built between 1930 and 1960, utilise a wall-recessed ceramic toilet paper holder for holding a roll of toilet tissue. These types of fixtures are set into a recess in the wall and glued into place with ceramic tile cement, making them fairly difficult to remove.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Duct tape
  • Utility knife or sharp putty knife
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Tile removal tool

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  1. 1

    Remove the toilet paper and the paper holder from the recessed holder. These can be removed by compressing the holder in on itself or, in older models, by pushing back on the toilet paper and paper holder until it pops out of the recessed opening.

  2. 2

    Cut away any caulk around the edges of the wall holder, using the sharp putty knife. Pull the caulk out of place with your hands or a pair of needle-nose pliers.

  3. 3

    Apply heavy duct tape or construction tape around the tiles on the perimeter of the ceramic holder. This will protect the tiles while you are working.

  4. 4

    Insert the edge of a chisel between one side of the toilet paper holder and the wall. Carefully drive the chisel between the wall and the paper holder, using the hammer.

  5. 5

    Continue working your way around the perimeter of the ceramic toilet paper holder until you are back at the first side.

  6. 6

    Pull the ceramic toilet paper holder out of the wall.

  7. 7

    Remove a stubborn ceramic toilet paper holder by using a heavy-duty tile removal tool such as a tile hammer. This isn't a good choice if you're simply looking to remove the toilet paper holder so you can retile over it.

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