Installing the Dr. Catch paper towel bar is an easy, straightforward process that anyone can do in their own home. All you need is a surface for the bar to be attached to, and the mounting supplies included with the bar.
Your Dr. Catch bar will come with both an adhesive backing, and a small kit with screws and anchors for drywall, stone, or more challenging surfaces.
For a smooth wall, adhesive is a great option as it is easy to apply and will hold the bar firmly in place. Most people will do fine with the adhesive option, especially if you’re installing your Dr. Catch bar in your kitchen. I installed mine on a smooth, painted side of a cabinet.
Here’s a video I made of the process:
Installing the Bar
To begin, you will want to make sure the wall is clean and dry before applying the adhesive. Align the bar the way you want it and then press it firmly against the wall.
It is important to use a good amount of pressure to ensure the bar is securely attached. Keep in mind that the bar uses 3M’s VHB adhesive, which is legendary for its holding power (VHB stands for Very High Bond.)
This is a strong adhesive and can be difficult to remove without causing damage to the surface, so make sure you are ready to have the bar on the wall for a while before you stick it on!
Once you have applied the adhesive, you will need to wait 24 hours before adding any weight, like, uh, paper towels! After this time, the bar will be securely attached, and you will be able to enjoy its decorative and functional benefits.
If your wall is not smooth, you may need to use anchors instead of adhesive. In that case, you’ll need to drill a pilot hole, insert the anchor, and screw in a screw through each hole on the Dr. Catch bar.
However, for smooth walls, adhesive is a great option and will help you get the perfect towel bar for your home.
Two Week Checkin-In
I’ve now had the Dr. Catch towel bar on my wall for two weeks. It’s holding up great, and I haven’t had any issues with the adhesive losing strength, getting wobbly, or anything like that.
Again, with VHB on this thing, I expect it to stay put for a couple years or more!