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1958house

06:13PM | 07/07/05
Member Since: 03/19/05
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Does anyone know how I can get a chrome toilet paper holder off a tiled wall? It was installed last year on a 12" by 14" tile. I don't know how it's attached. I accidentally broke one of the side arms, and I don't think it can be fixed but maybe if I could remove it I can try or replace it.

Jim D

12:38AM | 07/08/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
1958house - hi, check the holder for small set screws that may be holding the unit to a bracket mounted on your wall. Normally, the screws would be along the bottom edge, and should be loosened/removed with a small flat-tipped screwdriver blade. Once the set screws are loose, you'd simply pull the bottom away from the wall while lifting the unit up and it should lift off the mounting bracket.

If there's none there, and you don't see any other screws anywhere along the edges of the unit, I'd venture to guess it's held on with a strong adhesive backing. You may need to use a combination of a solvent (like acetone) and a fairly stiff-bladed putty knife to carefully remove the adhesive.

Be sure to post back and let us know what you find/don't find and whether you get the old fixture off the wall or not. Good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA

1958house

05:43PM | 07/12/05
Member Since: 03/19/05
7 lifetime posts
Thanks for the tips--yes, there are tiny screw holes on the bottom. Unfortunately they are hex-shaped and I don't have the little hex wrench doohickey that probably came with it so I'll have to find one the right size. Guessing hardware store or building supply type store will have these?

Jim D

11:44PM | 07/12/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
1958House - hi and thanks for posting back! What you found are Allen screws, sometimes called hex screws. Almost any hardware store or auto parts store will carry those wrenches, typically as a set of 6 to 12. I've seen them in pouches, on a keyring-type carrier, and in a plastic carrying case which grasps them by the longer length portion of the wrench. They'll probably be less than $10 for a good set. You'll definitely find the wrenches at the big-box home improvement stores as well.

Once you get them loosened and the fixture off the wall, good luck with your repairs! I think the newer fixtures will use small flat-tip type set screws. For that reason, you may want to ask a neighbor or a friend if they have a set of Allen wrenches you can borrow...saves a little money on gas and on tools you may not want to collect.

Regards! Jim D/West Point, VA
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