If you’ve ever remodeled a bathroom, you know that getting the old toilet paper holder off can be challenging. If the previous owner didn’t leave any set screws, you might find yourself stuck trying to figure out how to get it off without them. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this without having to tear your walls apart or spend a lot of money on tools. The trick is knowing what will work best for the situation you find yourself in. There are some things that may seem like they won’t work at first glance but prove helpful when putting on your thinking cap and coming up with solutions. Below you will find several ways to remove your old toilet paper holder without set screws and hopefully save you from tearing out all of your drywall or spending an arm and a leg at the hardware store.
Use a pliers
You can use pliers to grab the screw on the backside of the holder and twist it out by hand. This is a method that can be done in two different ways. First, you can lay the holder flat on a table or the ground and use pliers to grab the screw and twist it out. Another way to do this is to hold the pliers in your hand and have one of the arms go above the screw and one go below the holder. This method is great for those who are working on a wall that doesn’t have much empty space above the holder. You will have to be careful when doing this method to not tear the drywall around the screw. If possible, try to find a screw that is only partially screwed into the wall. This will make it easier to get it out.
Slip a knife in between the wall and holder
This might sound silly, but this is actually a great trick to get the screw out even if it’s not loose enough to grab with pliers. First, use the knife to cut the toilet paper roll off of the holder. Next, slip the knife between the wall and the backside of the holder and twist it around until you feel the screw start to loosen up. Once it is loose enough, use the knife to twist the screw out. This trick is best for those who have a screw that is only partially in the wall and only partially in the holder. It’s not a great idea for those who have a screw that is completely in both items.
Use a drill with a bit that’s the same size as your set screw
Since there is no screw to grab, you will want to drill a hole straight through both the holder and the wall behind it. After drilling the hole, use a screwdriver to twist the screw out. This method is better for those who have a screw that goes completely through both holder and wall because the drill won’t grab the screw. However, the hole will need to be drilled in a place where it won’t be seen. A good place for this is above the edge of the tile beside the wall that the holder is attached to.
Try using epoxy to glue it on instead of having to set it with screws
This trick is best for those who have a screw that is only partially in the wall and partially in the holder. Fill the hole where the screw was with epoxy and let it dry. When it does, simply use pliers to grab the holder and twist it off the wall. This is a good method for those who are renting their homes and don’t want to make holes in their walls. You can also use this method if the screw is completely in both holder and wall.
Buy an adhesive remover or solvent that adheres to metal and not drywall
This is a method that can be done in two different ways. First, you can hold the holder over a sink or outside and spray the adhesive remover or solvent on the screw until it is completely clean. Once it is clean, take some pliers and grab the screw and twist it out so that you can remove the holder. Another way to do this is to hold the holder over a piece of paper and spray the solvent or adhesive remover onto it until the entire screw is clean and exposed. Once it is clean, grab the pliers and twist the screw out. This method will be best for those who have a screw that goes completely through both holder and wall because the solvent or adhesive remover won’t be able to get to it if it is in the wall.
When you remove your old toilet paper holder, you probably expect to see screws holding it in place. But if you see a nail, a staple or even glue, don’t fret! There are many ways to remove toilet paper holders without set screws. You might have to get creative and use some unusual methods, but you will be able to remove it without tearing up your walls. And once you do, you can install a new toilet paper holder that you can customize to suit your home’s décor.