If you're getting ready to paint or wallpaper your bathroom walls, removing the toilet paper holder will make the job easier. You may even want to replace the holder with a new one that better complements the new decor. When looking at it from above, a conventional toilet paper holder presents a minor mystery: What exactly is holding it to the wall? The answer is a tiny set screw on the underside of each bracket. Loosen it, and the bracket easily comes off.
Things You'll Need
1/8-inch Allen wrench
No. 1 Phillips screwdriver
No. 2 Phillips screwdriver
Locate the set screw under each bracket. Use a flashlight to get a good look at the head to determine what tool you need to loosen it. In most cases, you'll need a 1/8-inch Allen wrench, but in some cases, you'll need a No. 1 Phillips screwdriver, and in others, a flat-head screwdriver.
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Remove the toilet paper roll and the spring-loaded bar. Loosen the set screw on each holder using the appropriate tool.
Push each holder down while angling the end upward. This frees it from its mounting bracket so you can remove it.
Unscrew the screws holding each mounting bracket to the wall, using a No. 2 Phillips screwdriver.
- If you're changing the location of the toilet paper holder, you may have to remove some conical plastic screw anchors. The best way to do this is to partially drive a screw into each anchor and pry the screw -- and the anchor with it -- out of the wall with a claw hammer.
- Someone may have used wall anchors that you can't easily remove. In this case, the best solution may be to sink the head into the drywall, using a hammer and nail set, and cover the hole with drywall joint compound.