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Grab Bars — Bathroom Safety Rail, Bathtub Security Rail, Knurled Grab Bar

Safety Grab Bars. Many bathrooms are ill-equipped to handle the unique needs of elderly patients. That's why grab bars are so useful. We have grab bars from several manufacturers including: Invacare, Rubbermaid, Standers and Drive Medical. Depending on the model, Grab Bars use suction cups, screws or grips to provide a reliable support for getting in and out of bathtub or shower. For additional products for the bathroom to supplement grab bars, take a look at our Bathroom Accessories.

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How To Install Bathroom Grab Bars

Video Transcript

In this video, I'm going to show you how to install a grab bar in your tub or shower.

Hey folks, welcome to Basic Plumbing Repair. And in this video, we're going to talk about how I install a grab bar, like a handicap aid here or whatever, grab bar in a tub and shower. And real briefly this is going to help you if you have any aging folks or folks that's maybe having trouble getting out of a tub or shower, this will help.

So you're going to need a few things for the project. And first you're going to need the grab bar. It will help to have a drill. A cordless drill works really well. A screwdriver, I'm actually going to use a screw driver and a good drill. You're going to need some anchors of some kind. These are the one I chose. And I chose these because you can see they have a seventy-seven pound of load weight I guess, load limit. And there's going to be three per end of the grab bars so that's going to put about two hundred and forty pounds per end, so that should be fine.

And then you're going to need a masonry bit, something to drill on the tile or whatever if you haven't have a tile. I do in this case. It comes with a bit but just in case, I went on a bolt, they know the one.

I want to talk really briefly before I get started. Now you may use a level and all the things, maybe a stud finder to find the stud. Every application is different so in this one, I've got tile. This is like thirty, thirty-five, forty-year-old tile.

Chances are it has wire lads or wire mashup on the wall when they did built these houses and this kind of tile. And they put tile grout into the wire mash so it kind of clamps all through the wire and they put the tile on that. So you're going to have a really uneven back. It's not necessarily going to be an even thickness or anything else.

So some of the anchors that you might use for dry wall to go in a certain distance and flare out may or may not work. A stud finder may or may not work in your application. The stud may not be where you need it. So these are eighteen-inch bars. Typical studs are sixteen inches apart, so it's not going to work. So I'd like you to go to the anchors. Please, well I'm going to give you a little disclaimer here. Don't follow my directions and if something happens you'll get mad at me.

First of all, if you put any important decision in your life on a YouTube video, then it's probably not the best course of action. But I want to do here today is to show you how to do it. And maybe some of the tips and hints that you might pick up will be helpful to you. So, okay, as you can see this is the bottom of the tub. We're going to put one of the end and we're going to put it somewhere about right here. And we'll try the center of the tub. So obviously the center of the bars are in the center of the tub.

So I'll go ahead and take care of that right now. You will also need a measuring tape, I forgot to tell you that. Okay so the first step is going to be to find location for the bar. So we need to find the center of the tub. This tub is twenty-eight from the tile, twenty-eight and a half inches to the center. I mean from the corner to the edge that means your center is going to be fourteen and a quarter inches.

Alright. Then you would want to figure out how high you want to put it. Okay so in this application, we have decided we are going to put the bar about right here. Somewhere right here. Right along center along that grout line. So you could use a level and really try to get it off all fancy but really, it's going to look better if the grout line is not exactly level, if the bar is in line with the grout. So if you got a grout line, just go ahead and use it unless it's really, really bad then don't worry about the level.

This particular bar, you can pop these little covers off. Just pop them off and that's going to expose the mounting flange. And center to center, you'd want to find the center to center measurement. And the easiest way to do that instead of trying to hold this tape here on the center of here is to start on the end here, measure to the beginning of the flange here. That's going to be the same as the center to center measurement. In this case it is eighteen inches just like the box says.

So, we'll take our pencil and mark the center of this. I found the pencil. The center of this row where we're going to put it right here. We want to go fourteen and a half inches from the corner. Fourteen to quarter inches from the corner. That's going to put our center. Okay, just a little line, we'll clean that up later.

And then if it's eighteen inches that's going to be nine inches on either side, it's going to be the center. So nine inches here, and eighteen inches, make sure that's held in at nine and mark eighteen here. However you want to do it as long as you got nine inches to twenty-three. So that's going to mean that the bar is going to be center to center right here. Now, the best thing to do is go ahead and mark this up a little bit here so you can see it. Just pencil it, otherwise it will get off quickly.

And then go ahead a little higher, okay. And then just kind of get through. Your flange all need to be center to center. And where you want it is centered on this grout joint be the simplest thing to do and make it easy. And then go ahead and mark one hole. You just mark one hole to begin with. Okay. Pull up. And you can drill that one hole, put your screw in.

Put your anchor and your screw in. And then you'll have something to mount this thing and you'll hold it up in into the rest of this. So let's go ahead and start the process. Okay, so it's a good idea to go ahead at least get some of these tiles really smooth to get some kind of indention started. Just barely so that the drill bit won't skate around on you. You'd want to be really careful. You can use a nail. Use a screw or anything. You just have to have this hole all punched here. And you really just want to barely get a little to kind of get some start there.

If you got too much you might crack the tiles so usually you’ll want something to allow you to just kind of get a chip of that bit, drill bit. I mean don't go too crazy. Just take your time because you don't want to crack the tiles. So let it just take its time. There you go. If you happen to hit a stud like you can tell, you won't be able to just keep going through, that's not a bad thing. Just go ahead and use a screw without the anchors. But we've got these little anchors here. And what they are is they just basically, they wedge themselves into the hole and as the screw goes in it spreads out and grips the side of the hole. And you put those in, use cap them in with a hammer or whatever. Nothing fancy. You don't have to have this big old hammer. It just happens to be what I have.

Okay. Get one of your screws out of your anchor kit. And go ahead and on the hole we were talking about, the hole that we were looking for, and go ahead and just kind of start the screw gently into place. Let's get it started. Okay. What I like to use as opposed to a screw driver is just go and use the drill. This makes it a lot faster. And you do not want to get this one tight. Okay. You'd just want to get it kind of in there so it will hold the bar up while you do the rest of them. So kind of push it against the wall.

And again, we could use a lever here if you wanted to but really I'm just eyeballing this thing on the grout line to make it even. And about right there is perfect. Go ahead and you can mark all your holes now if you want to. You might as well. Go ahead and take this back off now.

Okay. So next step is go ahead, after we have all the holes drilled, and put the rest of the anchors in place. Okay well, last step in the process is just to go ahead and screw this thing in. All the screw's ready here. We'll go ahead and kind of tuck that one. Just barely get it started by hand. Screwdriver on. And again you don't want to tighten anything up yet. Just want to get everything kind of started. And you put one on both ends to get started and that will help you, you'll be good to go there.

Again you'd just want to get all started. And the reason for that is because you got a little bit of play in these things which you may need to kind of, the holes have a little of play and you may need to move things up or down a little bit to make everything line up. And it's a lot easier if you like to get all the screws started. Once you get them all started you can just snug them up. Okay it's good and solid now. And these particular ones you just pop its ends back up. And there you go.

We'll go ahead and clean the pencil marks off. It was a wet thump. And don't say you've never done that. I know you've done it to your kids when they have stuff on their face. So that’s all there is to it. It's putting up a hand rail if you get aging parents or somebody who has trouble getting up. You can do it in a very short period of time with just a few tools. Okay so that was the hand rail.

But I just want to briefly review the tools we used. I can't happen to go back and get more tools so let me show you what we used. First of all you need obviously the hand rail. You need that. You need some anchors in this case as shows these and have a drill bit in them. I actually bought an extra drill bit just in case. The drill, screwdriver in this case I used the drill screwdriver on my drill. A measuring tape, a pencil, a hammer and some kind of a little punch just to skewer the hole or the drill bit that will slip around. Then it had to be a big hammer like this for a fancy punch like this. And they all work just fine.

Okay, well I hope this has been helpful. If you think so and you like it how about clicking the thumbs up down there and let everybody else know, let YouTube know you liked it. Consider subscribing to this channel if you like this kind of videos, I'm going to be putting out more. Thanks for watching. Thanks for your support. This is Bryan with Basic Plumbing Repair, see you next time.

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