Do-it-yourselfer Installation

               

 

DIY Simple Installation Guide

 

GRAB BARS

Tools and Materials

 

    1. Grab bar

    2. Drill

    3. Wood or metal drill bit

         (see package for proper size)

    4. Tile drill bit

         (see package for proper size)

    5. Anchors

         a) For Wood Stud

              #12 x 2" stainless steel screws

  and/or

         b) Hollow Wall Anchors

              Toggles or mounting kit of choice

    6. Measuring Tape

    7. Screw driver

    8. Level

    9. Stud Finder tool


 

Safety Caution:

Grab bars are only as strong as the strength and rigidity of the material to which they are mounted. The preferred position to anchor your grab bar is to be lined up to a wood or metal stud.

 

When drilling into the wall, exercise extreme care to avoid any electrical wiring or plumbing that may be located behind the wall. Older homes may not always fall in line with current housing codes and the requirements. Make sure to verify where internal wiring is located in the wall so that no wires will interfere with the installation. Damaged electrical wiring can cause electrical shock and fire. If in any doubt, stop and contact a qualified professional for safe installation.

 

Proper installation is extremely important. Special fasteners may be required if wood/metal is not in the desired position for your grab bar.

 

Preparation:

Check local code for proper placement of grab bar to meet requirements. Before installing the grab bar, prepare the area and clean the portion of wall that the grab bar will be installed onto. Locate the stud inside the wall, if available, for your preferred grab bar position.

 

Installation:

STEP 1:

Position the mounting flanges and mark where the holes will be safely placed with a pencil. Drill a 1/8" pilot test hole to ensure wood backing is present if attaching to stud.

NOTE: If the wall is tiled, drill through the tile only with a 1/4" diameter bit (using the appropriate drill bit, i.e., masonry or diamond) and complete drilling the rest of the hole with the 1/8" bit.

 

STEP 2:

Install the #12 x 2" round/pan head mounting screws through the grab bar mounting bracket and directly into the wood or metal stud or backing. If attaching into hollow wall use the hollow wall anchor of your choice. Always insert wet silicone in and around the hole to help prevent moisture from leaking back behind the wall. A dry silicone gasket does not have the wet silicone adhesive bond required to help prevent leaks. Wet silicone from the tube will adhere to the screw. the inside and around the opening of the hole.

 

STEP 3:

Once the grab bar is securely fastened to the wall, the final step (if applicable) is to install the concealed flanges. Depending on the manufacturer of your particular grab bar, the flange may be a twist on, snap on or have Allen bolts to be tightened with an Allen wrench.

 

Reminder:

If the grab bar in installed inside a bathtub, shower or other location where it will get wet, use a generous amount of wet silicone from a tube in and around the holes drilled into the wall to help prevent moisture inside the wall.

 

Final Thought:

The grab bar installer must always consider wall conditions, hidden hazards such as plumbing, wiring, pocket doors, and other related factors combined with the installation's actual functionality and overall appearance. Additionally, place a grab bar anywhere where additional assistance for support when standing would be beneficial.

 

Also check out these helpful Links:

Lowe's" How To Guide": https://www.lowes.com/n/how-to/grab-bar-essentials

Aging in Place "Guide to Grab Bars": https://aginginplace.org/a-guide-to-bathroom-grab-bars/

Home Depot "How To": Home Depot "How To" Guide

 

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