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I have the pictured towel bar that I would like to remove for painting. I am stumped on how to remove it from the wall.

I've inspected for tension screws and found none. I tried to slide it upwards along the wall using my hands to no avail. I've also attempted all manor of twisting, the bar doesn't telescope to allow for removal or anything like that.

I'm left wondering if there's a special removal tool? Or maybe tap it harder upwards with a hammer?

Any advice on removing this is welcome.

Edited to add an image of the backside of this towel bar. Tapping upwards from the bottom with a rubber mallet did the trick.

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    The people who design these things are maddening. It certainly looks like you've provided pictures from all directions that might show a tiny access hole, and I don't see any, nor do you in person. Usually it's "obvious once you break it" unless you manage a lucky guess.
    – Ecnerwal
    Sep 8, 2023 at 23:30
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    Are you able to shift the bar left or right laterally against a spring that would free one end of the bar? Alternatively, possibly the ball elements that hold the bar snap in to the wall attachments and can be pried loose. Once removed there would be a screw inside each wall attachment to remove those. Sep 9, 2023 at 0:04
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    Alternatively, try lifting; it may have mounted with keyhole slots.
    – keshlam
    Sep 9, 2023 at 0:06
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    Was this towel bar painted? If so, whoever did this could have painted over the screw or even puttied or spackled it before painting. Sep 9, 2023 at 0:15
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    I know you said you twisted, but did you twist the part closest to the wall? It’s rare, but sometimes those parts thread on to hide screws. Sep 9, 2023 at 0:50

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I've removed plenty of these on my drywall and painting endeavors!

There are usually two different ways a towel bar could be uninstalled.

Here are two things to check:

Towel Bar Removal Option 1

A lot of towel bars are attached onto a mount on the wall, and then tightened in place with an allen key/wrench. They can be very (VERY!) small. In fact, I can show you a picture of one!

towel bar removal

Towel bar Removal Option 2

I placed this one last, because it's important you check for the tiny hex screw first. Last thing I would want is you to try to pull upward on it and damage the drywall.

If you for sure cannot find any type of screw attaching the towel bar, it could be held in place by the specific mount behind it. To try to remove a screwless towelbar, you will have to lightly tap upward from the underside of the towel bar to pop it off.

To understand the removal, the installation is done by screwing two mounts (each side of the towel bar) into the wall. Once this is done, the installer will slide the towel bar in place from the top down. It is held there by the mounts.

I hope this helps! Keep me updated on it!

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  • Option 2, involving a rubber mallet and some scrap wood worked out for this particular towel bar
    – rogerdeuce
    Sep 10, 2023 at 14:38
  • Glad you got it! Sep 11, 2023 at 17:21
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Try unscrewing the cover. This might bring access to a screw or other way in which the bar was attached.

Failing that, towel bars are cheap, and god invented the angle grinder for a reason.

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