How to Install a Hardwired Towel Warmer Home Improvement | 4 November 2015 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you don’t have the finances to do a complete bathroom remodel, why not do some upgrades that spruce up the room a bit? A fresh coat of paint and new drawer pulls can really have a positive impact. You can also make your bathing experience just a tiny bit more spa-like by installing a towel warmer. Toasty towels in your own bathroom with an easy-to-install towel warmer? It’s not exactly like getting that seaweed wrap and mud bath, but this can make stepping out of the shower a much more pleasant experience by adding a little bit of luxury. Source – BLACK+DECKER Complete Guide to Bathrooms Heated towel racks are available in a wide range of styles and sizes. Freestanding floor models as well as door- and wall-mounted versions can be plugged in for use when desired. Hardwired wall-mounted versions can be switched on when you enter the bathroom so your towels are warm when you step out of the shower. Although installing them requires some electrical skills, the hardwired models do not need to be located near wall receptacles and they do not have exposed cords or extension cords hanging on the wall. However, if you locate the warmer directly above an existing receptacle, you can save a lot of time and mess by running cable up from the receptacle to the new electrical box for the warmer. Before installing hardwired models, check your local electrical codes for applicable regulations. If you are not experienced with home wiring, have an electrician do this job for you or opt for a plug-in model. From BLACK+DECKER Complete Guide to Bathrooms, here’s how to install a hardwired, wall-mounted towel warmer. Tools & Materials Drill Level Keyhole saw Wiring tools Phillips screwdriver Stud finder Retrofit electrical outlet box Wire connectors NM cable Towel warmer Pencil Masking tape Installing a Hardwired Electric Towel Warmer Source – BLACK+DECKER Complete Guide to Bathrooms Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the area you wish to place the towel warmer. Mark the stud locations with masking tape or pencil lines. Attach the wall brackets to the towel warmer and hold the unit against the wall at least 7″ from the floor and 3″ from the ceiling or any overhang. Mark the locations of the wall bracket outlet plate (where the electrical connection will be made) and the mounting brackets. Source – BLACK+DECKER Complete Guide to Bathrooms Shut off electrical power at the main service panel. At the mark for the wall bracket outlet, cut a hole in the wallcovering for a retrofit electrical box. Run NM cable from the opening to a GFCI-protected circuit (here, we ran cable down to a receptacle directly beneath it), or install a separate GFCI-protected circuit (you’ll need to consult a wiring book or an electrician). Pull the cable through the hole in the retrofit box, and then tighten the cable clamp. Place the box in the hole flush with the wall surface and tighten the mounting screw in the rear of the box. Cut the wires so about 5″ extends into the box and strip the insulation off at ?” from the end of each wire. Source – BLACK+DECKER Complete Guide to Bathrooms Position the towel warmer over the outlet box and mark the locations of the screw holes for the wall brackets. Make sure the appliance is level. Remove the warmer and drill ¼” pilot holes at the marked locations. If the marks are located over studs, drill ?” pilot holes. If not, push wall anchors into the holes. Thread the mounting screws through the brackets. Have a helper hold the towel rack in place and use wire connectors to connect the wires, including the ground wire, according to the instructions. Source – BLACK+DECKER Complete Guide to Bathrooms After the electrical connections are made, fasten the towel rack brackets to the wall. Turn on power and test the towel warmer. Finally, attach the electrical cover plate with integral on/off switch. This brand-new edition of a perennial bestseller from the BLACK+DECKER Complete Guide series is just the book you need if you want to improve, update, or remodel your bathroom. From a simple freshening of the decor to a down-to-the-studs remodel, all of the information you need to design the job and do the work yourself is right here. Through step-by-step photography and instructions, you’ll see how to update lighting, ventilation, flooring, surfaces, cabinetry, toilets, bathtubs, and accessories. 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