Home Improvement--General/Hole in the wall



Hello Diane,

I'm sending you a pic of the toilet paper roll dispenser, the kind that is "cemented" to the wall. One pic shows a dispenser that's fine, but the other shows the hole in the wall left by one which fell. I'm trying to figure out the best way to put it back in place. I'm not sure if cement is going to stick to the inlsulation and the drywall and how to keep it in place while it settles. What would you recommend? Thanks on advance



Hi, Rick.

You're right about the cement not sticking to insulation, but I'm concerned that it didn't stick to the drywall, either.  Here's my recommendation:

1. Using a utility knife, carefully cut away the insulation.
2. Measure the depth of the hole from the back of the drywall to the inside of the exterior wall.
3. Measure the overall depth of the holder from the back of the porcelain.
4. Measure the hole width and height, to verify that the holder overlaps the drywall completely (hopefully, you'll have enough overlap so the adhesive you use will attach the lip to the drywall). Make sure that the drywall is clean, dry, and dust-free.
5. Screw wood strips to the inside of the exterior wall, so the hole is approximately the same depth as the depth of the holder. Use short screws, so they don't penetrate the exterior wall.
6. Use a strong construction adhesive, like "Liquid Nails" (http://www.liquidnails.com/products/construction-adhesive-LN933). Follow the directions completely, including good ventilation (although it claims to be low-VOC). Apply the adhesive to the wood strips and the back of the holder lip.
7. While the adhesive is setting up, use low-tack blue painter's tape to hold the toilet tissue dispenser in place -- top, bottom, sides, and criss-cross. Don't rush the drying/curing process.

Hopefully, this will work. Good luck!

Diane Plesset, CMKBD, C.A.P.S., NCIDQ
D. P. Design

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