screws coming away from wall

Old 02-11-18, 01:22 PM
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Question screws coming away from wall

We have an overhead shower rod for our claw foot tub (D Style) and some screws where it attaches to the side wall are coming loose. I have not been hanging heavy wet items on the shower rod, so I'm not sure why this is happening. The shower rod is chrome and still looks good, but the screw heads are rusty. The bathroom wall is dry wall applied over plaster (I think).

What is the best way to replace the loose screws in the wall?
Old 02-11-18, 01:33 PM
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If they are coming loose then they are probably not into a stud.

I swear by the Toggler inserts!
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Large stainless drywall anchors. Man, are these expensive! I have metal storage drawers filled with these from auctions.
Old 02-11-18, 02:45 PM
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Inserts as needed (and recommended) Toggler Plastic Drywall Anchors | Installing Plastic Drywall Anchors, Plastic Fasteners, Plastic Toggle Bolts and buy stainless screws of the correct size at any hardware store or home center. The rod and curtain shouldn't need that much support, but if they were just screwed to sheetrock or used the cheap plastic anchors that probably came with it, that's not adequate.

I've used the tension type rods like this that you actually turn to extend the length (not the spring type) and they normally work just fine on sheetrock because of the larger area of contact.
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If indeed you have drywall over plaster maybe the screws are not long enough to get a bite into the studs if they are into studs. To test if there is a stud drill a tiny hole and see if you still have resistance after an inch and a half. a half inch of drywall, about a half inch of plaster. and a halfinch of lath. either wood lath or gypsum lath. If you screw into the meat of a piece of wood lath without splitting it a screw should hold pretty well in that.

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