How to Install a Toilet Tissue Holder

Simple Instructions for Installing a Toilet Tissue Holder

By Mark J. Donovan

When remodeling a bathroom, it is fairly common to want to include installing a new toilet tissue holder. Installing a toilet tissue holder is easy to do, however there are a few things to watch out for. First, you want to ensure proper spacing between the two toilet tissue side mount backplate covers.

If the spacing is too wide, the toilet tissue rod won’t be able to stay locked in between the two side mount backplate covers. If the spacing is too narrow, you won’t be able to fit the toilet tissue role in between the side mount backplate covers, even if you can compress the toilet tissue rod.

Also, it is important to make sure the toilet tissue side mount backplate covers are level with each other, so that the toilet tissue roll doesn’t look like it’s on a slant.

It is not imperative that the toilet tissue side mount backplate covers be fastened into a wall stud, though it’s always preferred for at least one of the sides of the toilet tissue holder.

To install a toilet tissue holder, start by marking a location for it on the bathroom wall or vanity approximately 24 inches off of the bathroom floor. This mark will represent the center height of the toilet tissue holder.

Next, most toilet tissue holders have a template for marking the specific locations for mounting the side mount brackets. Position one side of this template so that it is centered over the mark you made on the wall.

On the other side of the template, use your pencil to make another mark in the center of the other template area opening. Make sure when doing this that the template is level with the floor. You may want to hold a level over the top edge of the template when making your marks.

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Next center one of the toilet tissue side mount brackets over one of the pencil marks, and mark two additional marks on the wall, where the screws will go through the bracket. Repeat the process on the other side of the toilet tissue holder.

Now, assuming you are not planning to mount the toilet tissue holder over a wall stud, use a drill and a ¼” or 5/16” drill bit, and drill pilot holes into the wall at the pencil mark locations targeted for the mounting bracket screws.

Next, using a hammer, gently tap the plastic folded wall anchors, flush into the drywall.

Then fasten the mounting brackets to the wall using the screws provided with the toilet tissue holder kit. Do not over-tighten the screws into the plastic folded wall anchors.

If you are fastening the toilet tissue holder mounting bracket to a wall stud, you can forgo drilling a pilot hole and using the folded wall hanger, and just fasten the mounting bracket to the wall making sure the screws penetrate into the wall stud.

Next, place the toilet tissue backplate covers over the side mounting brackets, and snug them down to the brackets by tightening the small set screws. 

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A single set screw should be located on the bottom side of each toilet tissue side backplate cover, and will most likely require a small Allan wrench to tighten it.\

Finally place the toilet tissue rod in between the two backplate covers and you’re done.

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