And use a different type of anchor for towel rods ... Instead of the plastic "plugs" you're referring to (also called drywall anchors or mollys) ... use something stronger that gives you a bigger contact area on the backside of the drywall. I like using the metal screw type that "blossoms" on the back side and is rated for 100+ lbs of force ... they're much more likely to withstand the force of a teenager hanging a towel than the cheapie plastic ones.
Slowdown guys. The woman just pulled a towel rack down with the screws and probably the wrong size screw anchors in the first place attached. Should we not at least suggest she try suggest putting new, size up anchors in place?
Drywall anchors and molly bolts are not the same concept? :no:
When I can get away with it, I hang art and stuff for a living. Of course plastic wall anchors can turn brittle so buy a new bag for $2? They work just fine.
Last time I drilled for a molly, I had to provide for her wings. She was of the type that blossomed on the backside of a wall. How I could manage to get two in to mount a towel rack bracket? Without like a giant opening? I would have to thing about it. And then the wings of Molly 1 & 2 would have a cat fight as I tried to draw the wings to the backside of the wall.
If the holes are intact. Just step up to the next size anchor and screw. Plastic will work just fine or metal sheetrock expansion type should be fine. Towel rack will cover the bracket and noone will notice.
Durabond was a brand name of hot mud compound some of us grew up with. It is somewhat hard when set but I wouldn't trust a screw anchor in the stuff.
Best solution mentioned so far, if you don't have water pipes running near? Patch the damaged holes. Sand prime and paint. Then just mount the towel rack one or two inches higher or lower. Nobody will ever know the difference.
Use good plastic or expansion drywall anchors. You do not need molly bolts for a towel rack end bracket though.