Adding a grab bar to your bathtub and/or shower can make it easier – and safer – to get into and out of the tub and to balance while bathing. While you can have a professional install one of these bars for you, it’s also possible to install them yourself.
Here’s a simple guide to help those DIYers:
- Choose the spot for the grab bar. This should, ideally, be at least 30 inches above the floor and on an adjoining wall that is hollow (and not tiled).
- Pro tip: Take note of the length of the grab bar as you are selecting a spot. This can facilitate the measuring process (and it may limit your choice in locations, depending on your current setup/décor).
- Use a pencil to mark out the location, and use a level to ensure the marks are placed appropriately.
- Drill the pilot holes. Then drill the bore holes, where the hollow wall fasteners will fit.
- Pro tip: For the pilot holes, use a 3/16-in. carbide-tip bit. For the bore holes, use a 1 ¼ in. carbide-tip hole saw.
- Remove the paper from the adhesive on the wall fasteners, and press the fasteners into the holes.
- Turn the screw to the left to release the grab fingers, then tighten the screws into the fasteners.
- Mount the grab bar on top of the fasteners.
- Screw in the mounting screws, and cover them with the concealing parts (i.e., escutcheons).
Want to Make Your Tub Even Safer?
If so, consider adding a walk-in conversion that will prevent the need to have to step over the side of the tub. This can be a wonderful feature for:
- The elderly
- Anyone with balance and/or mobility impairments.
Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Quote
Are you ready to enhance the safety of your bathroom via a walk-in conversion? Or do you want to refresh the look & life of your tub by refinishing it? If so, contact us for a free quote by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.