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Old 08-18-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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How to reattach a towel rod?


I have a light-weight towel rod, attached with adhesive to a tile bathroom wall, that has become unattached. The rod has been up for decades (since before we bought the house). I want to reattach it with a good-quality adhesive (drilling and anchoring into the tile is NOT an option). I've attached some pictures (the black stuff is the old adhesive which I would remove first). Would something like 3M 6004 Scotch Brand Super Strength Adhesive, or Loctite, be good things to use? Thanks.
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Scrape off the old adhesive---use clear silicone caulk and tape for 24 or more hours---

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Scrape off the old adhesive---use clear silicone caulk and tape for 24 or more hours---
Thanks for the reply, oh'mike. I happen to have "GE Silicone II Clear Silicone caulk for windows/doors/attic/basement." Will that work, or do I need a different type of clear silicone caulk? Thanks.
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Hold please, do not do that yet.

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There is only one right way to do it and just trying to stick it back on is not it.
Like it or not it needs to be screwed to the wall.
If someone did not attach it were the studs are then use a toggle bolt.
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Just clarifying with Mike on the phone, be sure to clean out the "foam" (if that's what that black stuff is) and be absolutely sure you razor and clean off every bit of gunk on the tile before using the silicone.
It almost looks like there is already silicone on the right hand side, yes? ...and yes, we both agreed the GE (100%?) silicone caulk you have will work if applied as directed.

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Just clarifying with Mike on the phone, be sure to clean out the "foam" (if that's what that black stuff is) and be absolutely sure you razor and clean off every bit of gunk on the tile before using the silicone.
It almost looks like there is already silicone on the right hand side, yes? ...and yes, we both agreed the GE (100%?) silicone caulk you have will work if applied as directed.

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Thanks, Mike and DM. I had already cleaned everything off with a razor blade scraper and then wiped with alcohol and rinsed and dried. And I've just applied the silicone caulk (yes, 100%) as directed, and will leave the tape on for at least the next 24 hours. And if that doesn't hold up I may have to find someone to do as Joe suggests (screw it to the wall through the tile). What's on the other bracket is what I used a number of years ago when the OTHER side detached, namely some sort of heavy duty mounting tape; this time, I wanted to consult at this site first.
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You should be fine--I've been hanging ceramic soap dishes and corner caddies with silicone for years and never had one come loose---

it will take some time for the silicone to set up because there is little air getting to that --so avoid using it for a few days---Mike----

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