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Old 03-12-2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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Wall anchor for shower rod


I want to install a shower rod into a ceramic tile/drywall combination. I have the right bits(masonary and glass/tile) but I have no clue which wall anchors to use. I'm afraid to split the tile.
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:59 PM   #2
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use 1/4" plastic anchors with #10X3/4" sheet metal screws.
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Which plastic anchors would you recommend?
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any brand will do. These come in kits with the bit or in small packages or in a hardware store sold individually. the anchor is set into the drilled hole with a hammer (tapped lightly) with a flange that sets it flush with the wall. The screw then grips into the plastic and expands the sleeve against the sides of the hole.
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I've done tonnes into straight drywall, my concern is the expanding ones may split the tile....
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drill a big enough hole and no problem
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The hole is designed to match the anchor Use 1/4" masonry bit with a hammer drill. Do not push on the drill, go slowly. Do not drill with a screw gun. do not under drill or over drill the hole.
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WOW, what a pain. Took me quite a few hours to accomplish this.

First I had to cut the rod, which would not work with any hand saws since the surface is polished. Ended up using my 200 teeth dent mitre which was red hot trying to cut this sucker and I needed my dads help to hold the rod sturdy.

Second, I had to drill 6 holes into the tiles. Each hole took about 10 minutes each. I'm a patient person, but something about standing on a bath tub and a toilet for an extended period of time just isn't my idea of fun.

Third, even though I ran my stud finder over the areas I was cutting into, there was one questionable spot that was getting random readings. Lo and behold, a lovely steel stud behind in the maintenance room. I love guessing if there is a water line or AC running through, drilled a small pilot hole, crossed my fingers, so far so good.

Forth, found a couple of beers in the fridge.

Thanks for the advice. Can't believe mounting a simple rod could take this much effort. Tomorrow I'll tackle the second one for the spare bathroom.

Oh, and the anchors seemed to work just fine.
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