By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
Do It Yourself or Not?
9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
We've all seen a towel bar dangling by one end, rendering it useless for hanging towels or anything else. Replacing a towel bar that's pulled out of the wallboard from being used as a grab bar once too often is one of the most common repairs in a bathroom.
The job involves repairing the hole in the wall, reinstalling the bar or a new one, and then redecorating the wall with a new patch of sanded wallboard. None of this is rocket science, but the job involves several steps.
Since the job is small and requires several different steps, you'll be lucky to find a handyman to do it. If you do, the charge will be $87, which includes the labor and material. If you're handy, you can do the job for about $45, the cost of a new towel bar and molly or toggle-type anchor fasteners. New paint or wallcovering will be extra.
Repair the old hole or holes using a wallboard compound with at least two applications; sand in between them. Paint or wallpaper before installing the towel bar. Then position each end of the bar on a wall stud (use a stud finder to locate them). Use a drill to predrill the installation holes for the fasteners and a level to make sure the bar is straight as you fasten it to the wall.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$87 -- $45 -- 0.8 -- 1.5 -- $42 -- 48 Percent
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