HOW TO INSTALL GRAB BARS IN TILE SHOWER
Written by Brian B

How To Install Grab Bars In Tile Shower

HOW TO INSTALL GRAB BARS IN TILE SHOWER

Shower grab bars are a necessity for the elderly. The good news is grab bars are easy to install. Find out how to do this below!

Installing A Grab Bar In 7 Steps

Installing a grab bar for a tile shower shouldn’t take any longer then 30 minutes. Follow these steps for installation.

Step 1. Marking The Mounting Area With Painter’s Tape

  • Get painter’s tape and use it to mark the spots on the wall where you’ll be installing the grab bar(s).
  • Extend the tape to the same length of the grab bar.
  • ADA requirements say grab bars must be between 33-36 inches above the shower floor.

Step 2. Using The Stud Finder

  • Take your stud finder and place it on the wall, searching for the nearest studs.
  • Once the studs are located, mark it with the painter’s tape.
  • This is the area where you will drill holes to mount the plates for the grab bar.

Step 3. Mark Pilot Hole Locations

  • Use the mounting plate on your grab bar as a guide to mark the holes where the screws will eventually be inserted onto the studs.
  • Make sure to follow the grab bar instructions at this time and moving forward.

Step 4. Drill Pilot Holes

  • Find the appropriately sized drill bit, then insert it into the drill.
  • More than likely, the drill bit should be a 1/4 or 1/8 bit.
  • Drill holes into the location that you marked over the studs.
  • Drilling through tile may require more pressure than regular drywall, so adjust accordingly.

Step 5. Drill Screws Into Tile

  • Grab the screws and drill mounting plate into its locations.
  • If the screw seems stuck, pull the drill out and drive it in once again.
  • After the first mounting plate is in place, put the grab bar into position.
  • Hold the grab bar in place while you drill the second mounting plate.

Step 6. Applying Silicone Caulk

  • After both plates have been mounted, take the caulk gun and run it along the exterior of both plates.
  • This will help to prevent water leaks which can cause mold and mildew.

Step 7. Testing The Grab Bar

  • Wait around 45-60 minutes for the caulk to dry.
  • Then test the bar by giving it a quick tug to ensure it is secure.
  • The grab bar should not move at it.
  • If it does move, you must re-install it.
  • Apply enough pressure when pulling because it needs to hold your body weight.

Necessary Tools For Installation

  • Drill with drill bits.
  • Stud finder.
  • Tape measure.
  • Wall anchors.
  • Painter’s tape.
  • Grab bar and plates.
  • Protective eye goggles.

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