How to Take Off an Old Toilet Paper Holder

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A toilet paper holder is rarely thought about until it is time to replace it. This little fixture is found installed on or in drywall, on the side of vanities and on tiled walls. Most toilet paper holders are held in place with adhesives, screws or anchors. Toilet paper holders attached with an adhesive take a little more time to remove, but with the right tools it will not be that difficult.

Things You will Need

  • Mini screwdriver set
    Small Allen wrench set
    Cordless drill
    Philips drill bit
    Hair dryer or heat gun
    Stiff putty knife
    Hammer
    Grout removal tool
    Chisel
    Pliers
    Box knife
    Safety glasses
    *Leather gloves

Wall Mount With Brackets

  • A simple wall mount whether it be on drywall, a tiled wall or the side of a vanity can easily be removed with a small screwdriver, an Allen wrench or a cordless drill with a Philips bit, depending on the fastener type. Look underneath the side posts of your toilet paper holder. You should find a small screw in each one. Loosen the screws with the appropriate screwdriver or Allen wrench. When the screws are loose enough the posts will come off. The screws that fasten the brackets to support the posts can be removed with your cordless drill.

Wall Mount With Glue

  • A glued-on wall-mounted toilet paper holder is usually ceramic. This type of holder will not have brackets to keep it in place. Instead, an adhesive pad or adhesive is used to secure its base to the wall. Remove the toilet paper holder by heating the adhesive behind the back of each post and the wall with a hair dryer or heat gun. Tap the handle of a putty knife until the blade slides behind the posts easily once the ceramic and adhesive are heated.

Wall Mount With Mastic

  • Ceramic toilet paper holders held in place with mastic are almost always installed on a tiled wall. The nub at the base of the holder posts are imbedded between the surrounding tiles and then grouted around. To remove the posts, cut the grout loose with a grout removal tool. Removing the grout gives you access to the nub. Use your hammer and chisel to pry behind each post to remove them. Wear protective gloves and safety glasses when removing these posts, as they can shatter.

Recessed Holders

  • Simple recessed toilet paper holders are screwed to studs, and are removed by loosening the two visible screws. If there are no visible screws, it is possible that your toilet paper holder could be glued to the wall, or held in place by a mounting bracket. A glued-on recessed holder is removed by cutting the caulking around it with a utility or box knife and prying it out. If the holder is not mounted with screws or glued to the wall, it is held in place with a flexible mounting bracket. Grasp the holder with both hands. Push the holder up and pull out to release the top of the holder from the bracket. Slide the holder downwards to completely remove it from the mounting bracket.

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