Damn terlit paper holder.

There is no way you can mount this type of stuff to drywall without it coming loose at some point.

You take a trip to the home center to find some new type of magic anchor that will actually hold something on the wall.

But you just buy a bigger anchor.

You progressively enlarge the holes, using anchor after anchor, then it gets loose again.

Then you try a toggle bolt, but of course you find you don’t have the depth for one since there’s brick/concrete block/a pipe in the wall.

Well suck it, dear drywall where-my-toilet-paper-holder-is-mounted.

I beat you today.

I cut you out, and put a board behind you. Then I patched you.

And you don’t even know what happened.

Except that you will no longer have control over how solidly-mounted my toilet paper holder is.

That’s a job for wood.


Fxing drywall where toilet paper holder is mounted.

Mr. Bathroom Accessory Designer, you placed the mounting holes for my toilet paper holder so close together, it is impossible to retain a solid connection to the wall for any longer than one month. But I’m happy you could retain your minimalist design cues as I need my toilet paper to be supported by something that has the aesthetic the Bauhaus approves of.

Tools for repairing drywall.

Here’s some tools you’ll need to do this. Look how awesome you are toilet paper holder. Next to those dirty, functional tools.

Cut out the offending drywall with a…well…drywall saw. Then you can get a look-see at what’s going on behind there. Okay, I already had a good idea that there were no wires, pipes, etc, since I put the drywall in this bathroom.

Concrete block! Oh how I want to put a tapcon right through the toilet paper holder into this block. But that will fail without some kind of support (furring strip or something).

Fixing hole in drywall

Alright. To get the 1×4 board in this space, I needed to enlarge the hole. You’ll see why in a photo or two.

Reinforcing drywall or sheetrock

Okay, so you’ll see why in the next photo. There wasn’t enough space between the drywall and the concrete block to push the board in top-to-bottom. So I took my 1×4 pine board, which is about 4” proud (taller) of the height of the hole I opened, put a screw in the middle of it, and used it like a handle to insert…

…rotate, and hold the board while I fastened it with some drywall screws. That’s right there is a tip for the back of a popular mechanics magazine. You know, all that crap you wish you thought of when you are in a jam and they have some cartoony guy draw it out. Like Fix ‘ems (For those of you who read Street Rodder). Well, I’m sure I didn’t come up with this, but I felt smart. Smarter than the drywall for sure.

Back drywall with wood to mount bathroom accessories.

You’re screwed now. This will provide a great backing to support the accessory mount.

The saw leaves a rough edge, so I like to clean it up some. I also like to bevel the outer edge with my razor knife so you don’t get any straggling bits of paper in your mud. (This shot shows beveled edge, but not the opening cleaned up.)

Patching wall with sheetrock.

I cut a filler piece of drywall and here’s a test fit. Nice. And. Clean.

Drywall patch is ready for tape and drywall compound.

Four more screws and ready for some tape and mud.

Apply fiberglass seam tape for drywall repairs

Here’s some tape applied over the patch. I like using the fiberglass kind. You can use the paper kind, but you can also fight with it for awhile.

Apply joint compound and allow to dry.

This is my first pass with mud. I know, it doesn’t look great right now. I probably could have done this in one pass, but with the existing texture on the wall, I wanted to do some sanding and blend the second coat in better so I wouldn’t have a bulge to look at every time I walked in the bathroom. I’ll feather the edges of the second coat out nice and wide and then it will be ready for texture.

Wall texture is applied to prepare for painting bathroom wall repair.

Well, I somehow forgot the shot of the second coat. But I used an 8" knife to apply it, feathering the edges of the joint compound out making it blend into the textured portion of the wall. Also removed the grab bar I installed when my wife's leg was broken. Healing nicely, thank you. I used some oil-based texture in a can and blended the repair in. It still gets everywhere, so put down some paper and mask appropriately. It’s better than setting up a texture gun, compressor, mixing up some texture…

Now it’s ready for some paint and I can mount the toilet paper holder again.

For the last time.


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