With time, toilet-paper holders that are installed using screws and plastic liners may come loose in the wall. Although this type of attachment can work in bathrooms with tile walls, then it’s not reliable with drywall or plaster. Replacing the existing anchors with little toggle bolts supplies a secure attachment without making more holes in the wall. A do-it-yourself homeowner may perform the job using basic tools.
Eliminate the paper and then roller from the arms of the holder.
Loosen the small setscrews in the rim of each trim cover and arm assembly with the proper Allen key or a jeweler’s screwdriver. Pull the assemblies to expose the mounting plates for each assembly.
Loosen and remove the screws that secure each mounting plate in the wall using a standard screwdriver and pull the brackets. For ordinary holders using arms that attach to the wall using screws, loosen and remove the screws that secure each arm in the wall using a screwdriver.
Thread one of the removed screws into each wall at the wall one at a time and then pull the anchors using the screw as a grip. If an anchor remains attached in a screw, then unscrew and remove it, and pull the screw out of the mounting plate or arm. Discard the screws and the anchors.
Install a 3/8-inch drill at a corded drill. Drill a 3/8-inch hole at each hole at which a wall was removed.
Install 2 1/2-inch toggle bolts in each mounting plate or each arm in which screws were used. To do so, unscrew and remove the spring-loaded wing nuts from each bolt and insert the ends of the bolts through the face of the plate or the arms. Expand the wing nuts on the ends of each bolt.
Compress the spring-loaded wing nuts against the threaded stems of each bolt, one at a time, and add the nuts into the holes that are drilled in the wall.
Fit each mounting plate or arm against the face of the wall one at a time, and thrust on the face of each bolt to spring open the wing nuts on the other side of the drywall or plaster.
Pull outward on the plate or arm till the wing nuts grab behind the wall. Hold outward pressure on the plate or arm with one hand and then tighten the toggle bolts at equal increments to attach the plate or arm securely. Repeat the procedure to secure the remaining mounting plate or arm in the wall.
Fit each trim cover and arm assembly onto a mounting bracket and align the holes for the roller horizontally. Tighten the setscrews in the rim of each assembly. Reinstall the roller and paper in the rear of the holder.