questionswhat is this drywall anchor called?

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I have never seen anything like that, it may be proprietary for your towel bar. However, a big old toggle bolt like this ought to be just fine for a toilet paper holder.

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The anchor that you have is called a t-nut and is designed for wood, not drywall. It creates a bolt thread in wood for things like table legs and rta furniture. Should be found at any hardware store/home center.

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@udavidj: I saw those but I'm trying to avoid punching a big hole in the wall.

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@jsimsace: Now that I look at it it might stick out too much and the holder will be set off from the wall.

I found these which might be better. The drywall is not very thick, maybe 1".

http://www.ebay.com/itm/350795914572?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111098354412?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

There was something else that was metal but I can't find it.

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@minkeygirl7: ah, I see. Without anything to provide scale in your pic, I wasn't sure how big that Tbolt thingy was. Good luck on your installation!

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@minkeygirl7: Toggle bolts don't make that big of a hole as the cross bar folds into the main part of the bolt. If you are going into nothing but drywall, you will need something like a toggle bolt. Drywall is nothing more than soft gypsum and paper, if you are not pulling against a fairly large surface area, you will pull right through.

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@minkeygirl7: You should probably use something specifically for drywall. If whoever installed your towel rod used t-nuts for drywall and not wood they pulled a pretty good clown move. There are loads of anchors available and you'll have to pick one based on your load. Remember, the hole you have now is going to require a larger anchor to expand into the drywall which is what holds the screw in there. That E-Z ancor toggle bolt will hold virtually anything, I've used them to hang pot racks in drywall before. And the holes they make are not very large, the toggle bit flips out after you push it through the wall.

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@publiclurker: Thanks for the information. Those T nuts were just holding up towels bars and the TP holder I have is really heavy. I used what came with the holder which was just those plastic things you hammer into the wall and then screw into. I used a drill bit smaller than what they even recommended and no way was it going to hold.

I think I"ll get some of those with the plastic wings. I did see some others on ebay and amazon but I can't figure out how to use some of them. There were some others I saw but I can't find where I saved them.

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Can someone explain what size I would need? The screws that came with it are 1 1/2" long and I have 3/4" between the screws that hold the plate to the wall.

The description of some of the EZ toggles says: 5/8-3/4 Toggler Hollow Wall Anchors with #8 x 1 3/4 Combo Pan SMS Zinc (5) another says 3/8-1/2 Toggler Hollow Wall Anchors with #8 x 1 1/2 Combo Pan SMS Zinc

So which one would I need?

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@minkeygirl7: I would go with the smaller ones because you've got reduced space between the two bolts due to the spacing between holes on your brackets. I'm assuming the offset from your wall is not so great as to make an actual difference when installing the toggle. That being said, EZ toggles are probably overkill in your situation as I can't imagine it's actually that heavy, relatively speaking. I'd take the bracket in to your local hardware store and ask for further advice if you're unsure. Otherwise you could always post some pics for us to look at or link to a website that shows your particular holder with brackets.

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These are my personal favorite, but without seeing your tp holder/hole situation YMMV. These anchors hold up to 50 lb.

EDIT: @zuiquan: agreed

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@jsimsace: I don't see which ones you meant but I do like the ones@ jsimsace posted. I had seen similar ones made of plastic on ebay but wasn't sure if they would hold.

Here is the holder

http://www.amazon.com/Kraus-KEA-12229BN-Imperium-without-Brushed/dp/B006ZTFC8K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1373323296&sr=8-2&keywords=kraus+imperium

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@lll0228: Can i use plastic ones? Whatever I get I have to get online.

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@lll0228: Just bought these from eBay. Thanks all.

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@minkeygirl7: I'm old, it's late, and my brain is mushy, so please forgive me it my memory is shot, too. Was it you who was getting ready to repaint kitchen walls and cupboards a while back? With really great/wild colors? How did it go? Got pictures?

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I don't really understand how that T-nut is holding anything up at all.
For it to work, it has to be behind the drywall, for it to be behind the drywall you have to have a hole big enough to get it through, but once you do that, it has nothing to grab....

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@magic cave: Yes that's me! Here's some of the finished product. I ended up with track lights because of wiring issues.


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@minkeygirl7: Those are the accent walls. There is the cream from the kitchen in the LR and down the hall. My bedroom, baths and laundry are the perfect grey.

(why can't I edit my posts?)

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@j5: What I think someone did was hammer them into the wall and twist them so they gripped onto the drywall. Since they were holding up light towel bars it seemed to hold. The drywall in there is maybe 1" thick so the anchors that came with the holder were half behind the wall so nothing to expand into I think.

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@minkeygirl7: Funkay! I like it. Very bold.

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@minkeygirl7: They're gorgeous! You have a great sense of style and color, and although these are very saturated colors, they work really well together. Thanks for the pictures!

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@magic cave: Thanks. I can't take all the credit. I showed the cabinet colors to a friend who is an artist and she told me green was a complimentary color. Hence the one green wall.

I think what makes it work is that the kitchen wall color is also in the LR and the hall opposite the green, takes it down a notch.