How to repair hole in sheetrock

Virginia Bird
by Virginia Bird
My husband accidentally grabbed the towel bar when he slipped. He pulled it right out of the wall. I don't want to change the location. How can I fix it.
  11 answers
  • Serai Serai on May 25, 2017

    Looks like you've already used an anchor to secure it to the wall, so I would suggest getting a bigger anchor to secure it. It'll make it easy to have it in the same spot you already had it.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on May 25, 2017

    1. Place the self-adhesive mesh patch over the hole.
    2. Use a drywall knife to cover the patch with lightweight joint compound in a crisscross pattern, feathering the edges so it blends with the wall. ...

    Let the patch dry and apply a second coat of compound if needed.

  • William William on May 25, 2017

    Even repairing the hole you would not be able to hang in the same spot. The patch would be too weak. Best would be to get a toggle bolt and use the same hole to remount the towel bar.

  • Chakka1 Chakka1 on May 26, 2017

    I would just remove it and put it an inch higher, They have lot of videos how to's on Youtube

  • Paddywagon Paddywagon on May 26, 2017

    Piece of cake! 1. Get a box of wooden toothpicks. Cover each one with "Gorilla" wood glue. Force as many glue covered tooth picks into the hole as you can. Let the glue dry for a couple of hours then screw the wrack back in.

    • Virginia Bird Virginia Bird on May 26, 2017

      Hmm this is interesting . I love gorilla glue. Thank you. I don't have extra paint so trying not to replace.

  • Jimrusk Jimrusk on May 26, 2017

    Using the same hole, William is right. A toggle bolt is your only option if you are not wanting to repaint. Plus it will make it stronger. But remember, if it gets pulled out again with the toggle bolt, it will make a much bigger hole!

  • Karen Dunnam Karen Dunnam on May 26, 2017

    You might consider a combination towel/grab bar. Find one with a larger mount surface to cover the hole better.

  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on May 26, 2017

    There are some awesome tutorials on You Tube & both HGTV & DIY websites.

  • Claire Amirault Claire Amirault on May 26, 2017

    The patching with the joint compound is a good idea. Only $1. At Dollar Tree. Then you will have to remount both sides an inch above, or below the original site. Not hard!

  • Barb in Texas Barb in Texas on May 26, 2017

    I'd go with larger diameter molly bolts and screws, but you could also mount a thin piece of wood over the current holes, then paint and attach the towel rack to it.

  • Sasha Sasha on May 27, 2017

    Get a piece of dowel that's bigger than the opening, gently force (or hammer it in). Then all you need to do is drill a new hole on it for the screw.