DIY:

How to install a towel rail

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Anderson towel rail, Bathrooms.com 

A great looking bathroom needs space to hang towels neatly – and putting up a towel rail is a job most of us can take on without hassle. Use our easy steps to make DIY a breeze.

1. Decide where you want to put the towel rail and use a pipe and cable detector to ensure there are no water pipes or electrical cables where the brackets will be positioned.

 

2. Measure the distance between the brackets on the rail. Hold the rail against the wall and mark where you want the base of each bracket. Put the first bracket against the wall in position and use a pencil to mark through the holes to indicate where you’ll need to drill. Repeat with the second bracket, checking the distance between the marks is accurate and use a spirit level to ensure they are aligned.

 

3. Fit a masonry drill bit of the right size for your screws to your drill. For a tiled area, use a tile bit or a masonry bit. Measure the length of the wall plug, add 5mm and wrap a piece of masking tape around the drill bit at this distance from the tip so you have a depth mark. Press the tip of the bit to the wall where your pencil marks are and check it’s at a right angle to the surface. Drill the holes to the required depth.

 

4. Fit wall plugs of a corresponding size to your screws into the holes.

 

5. Pass the screws for the first bracket through it and into the wall and screw them in firmly. Repeat for the second bracket.

 

6. Check the alignment of the brackets once again with a spirit level.

 

7. Fit the towel rail to the brackets and tighten any screws on each bracket.

 

Tip: If you’re drilling through tiles, fix a piece of masking tape to the wall where you are going to drill, mark the site of the hole on the tape and drill through it, starting on a slow speed. This will help stop the drill bit slipping.

 

 

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