How to Install a Tub Grab Bar

How to Install a Tub Grab Bar

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:

  1. 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).
  2. Use a pencil to mark out the location, and use a level to ensure the marks are placed appropriately.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove the paper from the adhesive on the wall fasteners, and press the fasteners into the holes.
  5. Turn the screw to the left to release the grab fingers, then tighten the screws into the fasteners.
  6. Mount the grab bar on top of the fasteners.
  7. 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:

  • Children
  • 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.

Get a free estimate today & get on your way to giving your kitchen or bathroom a fresh new look!