This bathroom towel bar came off and left an affected area of about 3 inches in diameter. I know the "proper" way to fix this is to cut out a square surrounding the affected area, then put a support frame behind, then cut out a new drywall piece and screw it on, then patch the edge with dry wall compound, sand, and paint. Though I wonder if I can clear the area (removing parts that stick out beyond the drywall plane), and use construction adhesive to fill the hole, sand, and paint. Has anyone tried that? Do you recommend it?

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  • Does not really look that bad. Some light tapping, drywall mud and mesh tape should do. Smooth and paint.
    – crip659
    Mar 3, 2023 at 0:20
  • General observation: If you need extra-wide mesh tape, it's possible to cut a piece out of window screening and embed it into a thin layer of mud in lieu of adhesive.
    – keshlam
    Mar 3, 2023 at 1:17
  • @crip659 is drywall mud the same as drywall compound?
    – KubiK888
    Mar 3, 2023 at 3:45
  • yes, mud == compound in the drywall world.
    – Michael Karas
    Mar 3, 2023 at 3:58

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Someone used improper wall anchors, that are to weak for the job.

Someone then ripped them out of the drywall.

You could use construction adhesive but it will not end up looking good.


Use a drywall filler in a tube and fill the holes.

Gently tap the ripped-out parts back, and coat with drywall mud. Paint over that.

Now use stronger drywall anchors like this type or similar (source Amazon), where it spreads the wings behind the drywall for stronger hold. This type is dependent on drywall thickness.



This type is the stronger, and it does not depends on the drywall thickness unlike the other model

  • Picture attributions?
    – Michael Karas
    Mar 3, 2023 at 3:59
  • @MichaelKaras fixed
    – Traveler
    Mar 3, 2023 at 4:10
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    Better yet: attach your towel bar to wall studs, so that the next time someone trips and grabs onto it, or the next time a child spends more than 5 minutes in the room, it won't get ripped out again.
    – alphabet
    Mar 3, 2023 at 4:22
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    Always minimize the use of drywall toggles for attaching anything to a wall. The more screws into studs, the less likely the thing is to fall out of the wall.
    – FreeMan
    Mar 3, 2023 at 17:19

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