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I have a toilet paper holder attached to a tile wall with a single finger bracket (per the manufacturer). The holder constantly slips the finger bracket, goes loose, and leans to the side. The finger bracket is quite secure to the wall and does not budge.

How can I secure it?

I'd rather not have to unscrew the bracket from the wall to repair this.

I would prefer to avoid having to mount it "permanently" via epoxy.

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Is it going "loose" simply by shifting on the mount bracket fingers or is the finger bracket on the wall loose too? –  Michael Karas Mar 16 at 17:37
    
If the bracket is loose I would swap out the screws for a toggle bolt –  Justin K Mar 16 at 17:41
    
@MichaelKaras - When tugging on the roll sitting on the bar, the left side of the bracket slips off the tab, and it shifts to the position shown in the second photo. –  JoshDM Mar 16 at 19:22
    
@JustinK - The bracket itself, mounted into the wall, is not loose at all. –  JoshDM Mar 16 at 19:33
    
I would remove the wall bracket, then slide its arms into hanger's slots in order to figure out how to bend the bracket arms so that they have the right friction. –  getterdun Mar 18 at 1:20
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This looks like a bad piece of engineering design to use a slip finger bracket to mount a cantilever paper holder. This type of bracket would work pretty good for a towel bar that was mounted on both ends or possibly for a soap dish that was mounted right on center.

I can suggest two possible courses of action that would solve the problem as long as the finger bracket on the wall was very nice and secure.

  • You could mix up some good quality epoxy (the kind that takes 24 hours to set up) and force it into the finger slots on the bracket and on the fingers of the wall bracket. Then install the roll hanger and let the epoxy set up. Note that this is a pretty permanent fix and future removal would require cutting the hanger off with a dremel tool or some such.

  • Alternatively you could clean up the wall and hanger assembly to remove any oil and soap film and then re-install the hanger. Rubbing alcohol can work great for this. Then run a small bead of clear silicon sealer all around the perimeter of the bracket. This
    sealer will take the twisting load off the fingers and transfer it to the tile which should stop your problem. For removal the silicon sealer can be cut away with a razor blade.

If it is the finger bracket on the wall that comes loose then you'll have to investigate how it is currently mounted. If the two screws there are already go directly into a stud or wooden cross member then some longer screws may be in order. If the screws just go into some cheap plastic hollow wall anchors then you may want to investigate some more secure types of metal anchors such as toggle bolts or molly screws.

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I was trying to avoid an epoxy solution; I will try the silicone sealer solution in a week if I haven't received any alternate advice. That was pretty much where this was headed if I didn't hear from anyone. –  JoshDM Mar 16 at 20:10
    
I would try to avoid getting excess silicon under the edge of the assembly. If its a small bead around the outside it should look OK and it will be reasonable to slit it loose for future removal or repair. If it is underneath it would be much much harder to slit the silicon and remove the holder. –  Michael Karas Mar 16 at 22:55
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I am not too concerned with future removal; leave that to the next homeowner. –  JoshDM Mar 17 at 18:23
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It might be possible to bend the fingers of the bracket on the wall inward a bit so that it pulls the holder more snug to the wall giving it enough traction to hold more firmly without being permanently glued in place. Try tapping the fingers lightly with a hammer (test fitting often) until they are bent closer to the wall enough. Otherwise you could unscrew the bracket and bend the fingers with pliers, but it may take a few tries before the desired fit is achieved.

Another possibility may be make the fingers of the wall bracket fit more tightly by covering them with a small strip of plastic, perhaps like that from some blister packaging; some heavy paper might work alternatively.

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I do not want to hammer them because they are on tile, but the slipcover idea could work. I might use it in conjunction with the silicone idea. –  JoshDM Mar 17 at 18:21
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