I warn you in advance this 20-minute chore took me 4 hours and I’m going to give the blow by blow — including all the things left out of the directions that came with the towel bars.
I ordered two Moen Icon towel bars — one 18 inches and one 24 inches — from Amazon.
My plan for the longer bar was to hang it in the master shower which is tiled (with ceramic tile) from floor to ceiling so first I went to our local Home Depot and bought a pack of 4 carbide bits. The instructions for the towel bar called for a 1/4 inch bit but ultimately I needed the smallest and the largest bits in the package.
I needed to decide how high to hang the bar.
Conventional wisdom says 4-feet off the ground for adult towel bars. However, the towel bar at the back of our bathtub is about my head height so I decided to use approximately the same measurement in the shower.
I measured 2 level marks 24 inches apart. Although we own 5 levels I could only find the 48-inch one. The shower is only 44 inches wide so it did me no good. I spent half an hour rusting up another level.
Once the points were marked I tried to drill with the requisite 1/4-inch bit but it really wouldn’t work so I started the hole with the smallest bit and it worked a charm.
So excited to get holes drilled in the tile without cracking it, I put the bracket up to the hole and it would NOT go in. I used the next larger bit — the largest one in the package — to redrill the hole.
The bracket on the left ended up going into a stud so it was secure. The right bracket slid in and the molly would not open. The bracket slid in and out.
So I retaped the hole and marked two holes that matched two generally extraneous holes in the bracket and stuffed the holes with wall anchors.
Then Charlie screwed in the screws which did not come with the towel bars so I spent another 10 minutes looking for those.
We finally had both brackets secured to the wall in the right position with the clip (which replaces a set screw) on the bottom.
We snapped the decorative coverings onto the brackets and admired our work until I realized we had used the 18-inch caps instead of the 24-inch caps. They look exactly alike except for a marking on the inside of the tube.
It took us another 15 minutes to find a screw driver that would fit into the slot to release the caps which we replaced with the ones marked 24.
Looking for tools made this simple, although not straightforward, job take an entire morning. Ugh!
Sidebar: I was trying to think why we couldn’t find our tools. I think when we cleaned up for our Christmas parties we weren’t careful about putting things away. I still can’t find our levels.
What are you looking for?