Hands up if you love when your in-laws visit. My cyber hand is totally raised. My in-laws are fantastic. One of the things I love is that they are productively busy, busy people and they love projects almost as much as I do! They are masters at finding what needs to be done and getting it done. When they came to help me with baby girl last fall they showed up with a stapler, automatic pencil sharpener and a pack of rubber bands because they had noticed the last time they were in town my stapler was broken, I used a manual sharpener, and I was almost out of rubber bands. Love is in the details, people. During the week I wasn’t the least bit surprised that my mother-in-law was up until 11:00 at night organizing my spice cupboards and purging the cabinet above the sink from unused cook books. The day before she left the house was spic and span with piles of meals in my freezer (not my doing) and while she awaited her ride home she enlisted the help of my three year old to sharpen all the pencils in the drawer. Pinnacle of productivity. Well, last week they were in town. My blessed father-in-law came from a meeting with toggles in his pocket and announced he was going to fix the toilet paper holder. I commented, “oh yeah, it’s been broken for a while, I haven’t gotten around to it”. Well, 10 minutes later it was off the list. Thank you John! Follow the tutorial below.
- screw driver
- Allen wrench
This tutorial will work for any gaping hole in your wall. One of the reasons the toilet paper holder was low on my list was because I planned on patching the wall and that is a different beast. Why oh why did I not consider a simple toggle?! If you don’t know what a toggle is, or how to use it, check out this quick video. You buy them at any hardware store:
Lots of times the holders in our bathroom, or elsewhere, are installed with aesthetics in mind, so they go into drywall, not a stud. Usually with a big drywall screw so if it ever falls out you are left with a big hole:
Let these pictures tell the story of installing and repairing the gaping hole without patching:
Don’t be afraid of those little things that are broken in your house. There is usually a simple solution to keeping your home functioning and in good repair. And many don’t include power tools at all! Go fix stuff.