Repairing holes left by wall anchor


Old 06-25-13, 10:59 PM
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Repairing holes left by wall anchor

The towel rack in our bathroom is held up by two ends. Each end is attached by a bracket, which is screwed into the wall. There are two screws per bracket. Each screw is held via plastic wall anchors. One end started to become loose because the holes were becoming larger and larger, likely due to movement.

So I removed the bracket and wall anchors. But now I'm not sure what's the best way to fix the situation. I could patch the holes and move the towel rack higher/lower, but I'd rather not. Or I could buy another (or different) wall anchor.

Unfortunately there isn't a stud behind the drywall.

Thanks for all your help!
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Old 06-26-13, 02:50 AM
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Are you going to replace the towel rack in the same position? If so, I would use EZAnchors in the same hole. They will expand behind the wall and will provide adequate support for your towel rack. Plastic anchors should have never been used in this situation. E-Z Ancor Toggle Lock 100 Pan Head Phillips Heavy Duty Self Drilling Drywall Anchors with Screws (10-Pack)-25220 at The Home Depot

If you are abandoning this location, then take a hammer and lightly tap on the holes until they become somewhat concave. You can, then, spackle over them with compound. I see you have an orange peel wall. The two repairs will most likely always be obvious, even when painted.
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I agree with Larry - use a better anchor. If you are moving or eliminating the rack - after the repair has been made smooth, thin down a little joint compound to a consistency a little thicker than paint and pat it over the repair with a sponge - that should mimic the orange peel texture.
Old 06-26-13, 08:04 PM
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I like using Molly bolts for this kind of anchoring, not those... hey, wait a minute, I think those are Mollys that Larry linked to, masquerading under some other name!
Old 07-16-13, 10:35 PM
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Super helpful! Thanks everyone!

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