Bathroom towel bar cracked

by Norma
I have a bathroom towel bar that is cemented to the wall and the inside piece where you hang the towel is plastic. It cracked in the middle. How do I repair this? And, what do I use as a replacement bar? I can't remove the outer parts because they are cemented to the tiles. Thank you, Norma
  15 answers
  • KatAych KatAych on Feb 16, 2016
    You can have a wooden dowel or copper pipe (or other pipe) cut to the size you need. I use a copper pipe as a window curtain rod and it works just fine!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 16, 2016
    Take out the bar and use a thick round curtain rod that should not be to expensive.
  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Feb 16, 2016
    Replacement bars are available. I seem to remember using them years ago and they worked well. Ebay has a variety. Not that unusual a request.
  • I believe she said she cannot remove the bar- if this is the case then you will need to think outside the box to avoid ripping out the cemented ends of the towel bar out. Usually the ends remove so you can remove the towel bar and there will be a screw underneath but if hers are cemented in she is going to have to repair the towel bar where it is. I would look at an epoxy type glue that is weatherproof to glue the towel bar and seal the cracks. I am not sure how bad they are but his should work on cracks.
  • Sandra Hellewell Sandra Hellewell on Feb 17, 2016
    Since you say that you cannot remove the end pieces because they are cemented on the wall, I would try and find some type of rod that has a bit of flexibility so when you insert it on the one side,you will be able to insert the other end without too much difficulty.Perhaps, a piece of PVC pipe would work. Obviously, you would want to paint it so that it doesn't look like PVC but otherwise, I don't know if wood dowels or copper piping would have the give to insert it into the existing outer ends.
  • Mandy Brown Mandy Brown on Feb 17, 2016
    It sounds as though you have ceramic tile with the grouted in ceramic towel bar ends and a plastic rod. Although it doesn't look like it, the bar should be spring loaded on one end. If you pull one end toward the middle (like a toilet paper roll dispenser), it should give enough to free the broken bar. They sell replacement bars at hardware stores and you can get ones that look like chrome, brass, etc.
  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Feb 17, 2016
    I'm not sure that the original is spring loaded so you may have to totally break it to get it off BUT the replacement ones are to get it in the old brackets.
  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Feb 17, 2016
    Used one years ago. replacement towel bar-ebay for ceramic fixtures. Can't seem to post correctly.
  • Sharon Twichell Sharon Twichell on Feb 17, 2016
    If you are into rustic decor, you could use a wooden dowel and varnish it. That might work til you find just what you're looking for.
  • Dave Welch Dave Welch on Feb 17, 2016
    Go to your home center and look for a replacement towel bar, plastic, just as you currently have. Those replacements have one end secured and the other end is removable, You remove the end, measure the rod, cut to length, insert the removable end into the ceramic holder, place the other end in the other ceramic holder, now push the new rod into the end you first put in.... sounds a bit difficult doesn';t, it really isn't....when you get to the home center ask the associate if they will show you how this works....really, it isn't difficult at all...good luck.
  • Linda Y Linda Y on Feb 17, 2016
    Get copper pipe and replace the bar, you can also buy chromed copper pipe or plastic plumbing pipe.
  • Carol Carol on Feb 17, 2016
    That happened to a bar in my shower. I bought a short tension rod that fit into the remaining cemented end pieces. Worked fine.
  • Norma Norma on Feb 17, 2016
    Sorry I haven't had a chance to try any of the posted suggestions yet but I will post and let you know as soon as I have fixed the towel bar. All the people that gave suggestions you are truly wonderful and I appreciate all your suggestions. Thanks Norma
  • Norma Norma on Feb 22, 2016
    I'm going to my local big box store Lowe's to see if they have a replacement piece for my towel bar. Thanks everyone.
  • Norma Norma on Feb 22, 2016
    I am going to my local big box store lowe's tomorrow and hopefully they will have the center replacement bar for my towel bar. Thanks everyone, Norma