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Old 02-19-2010, 10:17 AM   #1
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Greetings! I've just joined in hopes of getting some tips on a somewhat urgent project. I need to put in grab bars (such as this: http://tinyurl.com/y9njfnr) next to my toilet and in my shower. The occupational therapist marked about where/how long they each need to be. Here's my concerns, and I just wasn't sure which subforum was appropriate:

1) There don't seem to be ANY studs in the wall next to the toilet, from the door all the way to the corner. (My house was built by a mad electrician with a certain disregard for standards.) Is there any way to add support for grab bars if I can't find any studs at all? I rather doubt that wall anchors will be good enough, for this use.

2) The wall in the shower is tile. Is there anything I need to know about drilling into/attaching things to tile? Do I use a masonry bit? Will I need to grout it after attaching it, and if so, where? Is there anything else I need to know?

Thanks a ton; let me know if I should repost in a better subforum.

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Old 02-19-2010, 10:46 AM   #2
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You need to anchor them to studs. I have opened up walls and added secure verticle and horizontal bracing to create the proper support.

As to drilling the tile, there are bits designed to do this. The big box store will have them - the packaging will speak directly to drilling tile.

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Old 02-19-2010, 10:49 AM   #3
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tile is not adequate support, only wood blocking...sorry
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:56 AM   #4
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ADA Title 3 Standards

Your private residence does not have to conform to ADA but that will give you the appropriate locations for grab bars and clearances required for door swings, chair turning radius etc.

As others have stated, you will have to add blocking into your walls to install the grab bars, a wall anchor won't be enough.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:57 AM   #5
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Re: tile as support--There are studs in the shower (just not next to the toilet); that part is not a big deal. I just need to know if there's anything else I need to be aware of when I go to put the grab bars in the shower.

Re: tearing open walls--I've never done anything quite like this before. My carpentry-type projects have been outdoors: very heavy duty, very sturdy, not a lot of precision required. Is there anything else I can do to mount something on a wall besides tear the wall open to put in bracing? I don't have any idea how to do that (I imagine it'll require re-drywalling, among other things).

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you could add a 1x4 or 6 to wall, painted, covering at least two stods then fasten to that. they may make a material that you could use on tile for same effect. have you tried talking to bar supplier for retrofit in shower?
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I just need to know if there's anything else I need to be aware of when I go to put the grab bars in the shower.
Thanks!
Remember to apply silicone around the mounts of the grab bars so no water gets behind them.

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