Towel rack rod broke


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Old 09-15-15, 05:11 AM
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Towel rack rod broke

Hey guys, the hard plastic towel rack rod in our bathroom broke, the rod was housed between two ceramic handles which was glued to wall with some sort of putty I guess, what can I do here to replace the rod please?
 
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You'll need to carefully chisel out one of the ceramic ends to insert a new rod. You can reinstall the end using either thinset or grout.
 
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Old 09-15-15, 06:06 AM
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You'll need to carefully chisel out one of the ceramic ends to insert a new rod. You can reinstall the end using either thinset or grout.
Sorry Mark, not correct in this instance. Mike - Go to a tile store (or search online) they have spring loaded adapters that will allow you to install your rod without removal of the ceramic arms. It would work similar to a toilet paper holder. While I have seen them, can not for the life of me think of what they are called. But a tile shop should get you what you need along with a new towel rod.
 
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Old 09-15-15, 06:17 AM
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I hadn't heard of them but that sure beats having to remove and reinstall the ceramic end
 
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Old 09-15-15, 06:19 AM
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That search was easy - Available through you favorite big orange store.

Melard 24 in. Replacement Towel Bar in White-662308 - The Home Depot
 
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Cool, that will work, thank you very much for all of the help, God bless!
 
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Wait a minute, since the rod in the link is 26 inches, from the inside edge of the end caps it measures 20 inches and about a half inch inside the cutouts where the rod end fits so the total rod length should be 21" or so, does this mean I can measure 21" on the rod and cut one end off from the rod, insert that cut end into one arm then depress the spring loaded tip of the other end of the rod and insert into that arm, would that work?
 
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Old 09-15-15, 08:38 AM
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I've used those replacement bars several times. They will need to be cut to your size with a fine blade hacksaw. When cutting them.... it's critical that they be as long as possible. You want the bar to fit tight between the ceramic holders.

If you cut the bar too short it wont stay in...... trust me.
 
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Well, I am thinking the bar itself would need to be cut to 21" leaving out the spring loaded piece?
 
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Old 09-15-15, 12:34 PM
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All of those bars are cut to length on a new install, so this one would be no different. Like Pete said, cut it as close to snug as possible.
 
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When you get the bar you'll see the spring loaded end caps come out.

Remove one spring loaded end.
Take the opposite end with the spring part and push it into one of the ceramic holders.
While holding the bar all the way into the ceramic holder mark the other end approx 1/8" shorter than the ceramic holder.

This way when you reinstall the spring end and install the bar..... you push it all the way into the ceramic holder..... hold the spring loaded part on the other end and you have to use a little force to get it into the second ceramic holder. You want the bar itself to end up centered between the ceramic holders. If it's not... and someone leans on it..... one of the ends will crack.

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ok thanks for the instructions, will get it on Saturday and will report back here.
 
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Alright guys, problem solved as instructed, thanks again!
 
 

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