How to install a towel rail into plaster

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How to install a towel rail into plaster

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Project Overview

Learn how to put up a towel rail on a plaster wall in your bathroom. We will show you how to mount the rail securely and make it level. You’ll also see how to find a wall stud to attach it to and use nylon wall plugs for reinforcement.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark the position of the towel rail on the plaster wall
2 Install the top mounting brackets for the towel rail
3 Install the bottom brackets and the towel rail
  • Step 1. Mark the position of the towel rail on the plaster wall

    First assemble your towel rail and choose a position for it on the wall. Make sure you keep it away from power points, and set it so your hanging towels don’t touch the floor. Then work out where the wall studs are in that area with your stud finder. Mark their positions with a pencil, then place your rail on the wall and mark the first mounting point in line with your stud.
  • Step 2. Install the top mounting brackets for the towel rail

    Screw the first mounting bracket into the wall stud. Then mark out your second point on the wall based on the length of your towel rail. Use a spirit level to make sure the mounting brackets are at the same height. If the second point isn’t over a stud, you can reinforce it with a nylon wall plug before screwing the bracket in place.
  • Step 3. Install the bottom brackets and the towel rail

    Place the towel rail on the two top mounting brackets and mark your bottom mounting points on the wall. Then remove the rail and screw the bottom brackets in, once again using nylon wall plugs where necessary. Finish the job by installing the towel rail on the brackets and fixing it in place with an Allen key

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Allen key
  • Drill
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Safety glasses
  • Spirit level
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure

Materials

  • Masking tape
  • Nylon wall plugs
  • Pencil
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