Hanging a towel bar with a pocket door behind the drywall

imuscleSeptember 11, 2008

Does anyone know if it is possible to hang a towel bar when there is a pocket door behind the drywall? I know I cannot have anything protrude too far out on the other side of the drywall otherwise I may scratch the pocket door. I have heard of molly hooks but I don't know how flat they become to the wall. Any advise would be appreciative.

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A molly might work, but the amount of projection will vary based on diameter. This would be easy enough to estimate with one in your hand. Even so, use the supplied machine screw to collapse the molly, then remove it and either cut it shorter or get a shorter machine screw at the hardware store. Those machine screws need to be long enough to engage the end at full extension.

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    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 7:40PM
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Hello, The frame for a pocket door looks like a ladder. The rungs are about 1x3. Maybe a rung is in the right place to mount the towel bar to it.All you have to do is find one . Tap on the wall, or a bent wire slid to the inside with the door open or use small finishing nails to locate then patch the nail hole.
Good Luck Woodbutcher

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 8:29PM
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The horizontal frame work for the pocket of a pocket door are placed at 16"OC. vertically.
Depending upon the age of the door frame they could be 1x3 or 1x4.
Find the frame, install your fixture.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 8:55PM
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Hercules Hooks (See image at link below) might work for you. They do not extend too far, yet will easily hold up the rack.

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    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 8:10AM
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Then again, maybe these Hercules hooks won't work! They are designed to hold things like pictures. Your towel rack needs to be secured so an upward movement does not jar it off as well.

Sorry about that.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 8:15AM
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