Loose towel bars, toilet paper holders, and door handles seem like the never-ending story (without the crazy flying dragon).
Two daughters and several tenants have shown me how bathroom accessories get jiggly or even broken over time.
Turn your bathroom nightmare into a DIY fantasy (sorry, my videos don’t have a shirtless buff guy or Mila Kunis in them, there’s no budget for that stuff) by using Loctite threadlocker blue 242.
This stuff is awesome because it protects threaded bolts and set screws from rust & corrosion. And it stops towel bars, toilet paper holders, and door handles from jiggling loose due to repetitive use.
Here are the supplies you’ll need
- Small flat head & Phillips screwdriver (I mean tiny, think 1/16 of an inch wide)
- Loctite threadlocker blue 242
- Phillips screwdriver
- Duct tape
- Allen wrenches
- Paper towels
By the end of this post your bathroom accessories will never wiggle loose again (unless you’re doing a total remodel, in which case feel free to yank them right out of the wall).
Let’s get started!!
How to Tighten a Loose Toilet Paper Holder
Captain Kirk had his command chair. But what you may not know is that it was in the bathroom.
There’s nothing more irritating than a jiggling toilet paper holder (okay, there are several more aggravating things in the world but this one is right up there with soggy sandwiches).
This fix is for a toilet paper holder that’s attached to your wall.
Take out the horizontal rod that holds the toilet paper and set it aside.
There will be a small set screw either on the bottom or side of each toilet paper holder support arm.
Use a tiny flat head screwdriver or Allen wrench to turn the set screw to the left. This will loosen the tension of the set screw on the support bracket. Do this until you can remove the toilet paper support arm.
Here’s a good tip that will reduce your frustration, add a pencil mark on the wall to indicate the center of the metal support bracket. This is where your set screw needs to be lined up in order for the toilet paper holder to be reinstalled properly.
If you don’t do this step you may just lose your mind like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
Lay an old towel on the floor to protect the surface from the Loctite 242.
Loosen the set screw until you can see at least 3-4 threads. Add 1-2 drops of Loctite threadlocker 242 and if you drop any on the floor just immediately wipe it up.
Line up the set screw with the pencil mark you made and tighten it until the support arm doesn’t budge.
Do the same thing for the other support arm and BAM, you’re toilet paper holder is tight like Elvis (not the 1977 Elvis who died ironically on a toilet, the 1957 Elvis who sang Jailhouse Rock).
How to Tighten a Loose Towel Bar
If you have matching bathroom accessories then this fix will be exactly the same as the toilet paper holder.
Since the towel bar get’s used so much (f this were a men’s room it wouldn’t get used at all, I can’t tell you how gross it is to see guys use the restroom and then walk out like they just bought a bag of chips or something!!) using Loctite is a godsend.
Here’s a brief video showing you how to tighten your loose towel bar, and please encourage your friends, family members, & random strangers to wash their hands because dysentery isn’t fun.
How to Tighten Loose Bathroom Door Handles
Loose bathroom door handles could drive Mother Theresa crazy (although I’m certain she wouldn’t curse like me).
Almost all door handles are held together with two screws. If your handle has a decorative coverplate like mine the first thing you need to do is remove the handle itself.
My handle has a set screw that can be loosened with an allen wrench. Usually these wrenches come with new door handles but if you have no idea where it is you can purchase a set from your local hardware store.
Loosen the set screw by turning it to the left then remove the handle. This will in turn allow you to remove the coverplate. Now you can access the two screws that hold the door handles together.
Here’s a tip, add a 7 inch piece of duct tape to the top of the door handle body. This will hold it in place and keep the screw holes aligned with each other when you remove one screw. Otherwise, as you loosen and pull out the first screw the door handle body will drop.
This kinda stinks because sometimes it’s hard to align the screw holes. Adding the duct tape will eliminate that headache.
Add 2 drops of Loctite threadlocker 242 to the door handle screw then insert it back into the body. As you tighten the screw it will distribute the Loctite along the threads and create a tight bond in 10 minutes.
In case you like videos better than words here’s a short clip showing you how to do everything I described.
Hopefully this post helps you to never have to tighten your bathroom accessories again. Every time you reach for toilet paper just remember that you’re well equipped with the knowledge to stop loose screws all over the house.
Where could you use Loctite threadlocker 242?
Have a great day!
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