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How to remove a wall-mounted towel rack

Updated November 21, 2016

Wall-mounted towel racks come in a variety of lengths and styles, but they all have one thing in common: the manner in which a towel rack is mounted to the wall. The basic features of a towel rack include the anchors, anchor plates, end brackets and the towel bar. All of these are put together to create a place for you to hang your towel. When your towel rack becomes loose, the finish is worn, or it becomes outdated, you need to be able to remove it from your wall. Removal is accomplished with just a few simple hand tools.

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Look on the bottom side of the end brackets that hold your towel bar in place. You will see a hole with a set screw on each bracket. The set screw keeps the end brackets from moving so that your towel bar does not fall out of the brackets.

Use a small Phillips-head or flat tip screwdriver, or small Allen wrench to loosen both set screws. Turn each set screw counter clockwise to loosen it. When your set screws are loose enough, the end brackets will become loose.

Grab your towel bar with one hand and lift up on one end bracket with the other hand. When you lift up on the end bracket, it will come off of its anchor plate. Your towel bar will come out with the bracket. Lift up on the opposite end bracket and remove it.

Remove your anchor plates by loosening the screws in the centre of the plates. Turn the screws counter clockwise with your Phillips-head screwdriver, until you have completely removed them.

Stick the head of your Phillips screwdriver into the plastic wall anchors and pull out. The wall anchors will slide out enough for you to grab the heads and pull them the rest of the way out of your wall. Use your hammer to hit the head of your wall anchors if you cannot get them out. Only hit your anchors hard enough to create a small indent in your wall.

Scoop a small amount of drywall compound onto the end of your putty knife and smooth the compound over the indent that you made with your hammer. The compound will fill the indent and cover the head of your anchors.

Tip

If you were able to remove your anchors, place a small strip of mesh drywall tape over the anchor holes. Use your putty knife to smooth a light coat of drywall compound over the tape. Allow the compound to dry and apply another thin coat. Lightly sand when the second coat of compound is dry.

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Things You'll Need

  • Small screwdriver set
  • Small Allen wrench set
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Putty knife
  • Drywall compound

About the Author

Based in Oklahoma City, Debbie Tolle has been working in the home-improvement industry since 2001 and writing since 1998. Tolle holds a Master of Science in psychology from Eastern Illinois University and is also a Cisco-certified network associate (CCNA) and a Microsoft-certified systems engineer (MCSE).

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