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Grab Bar Extension

It's a good idea to install grab bars in the shower to make it easier to get in and out.

If you're installing grab bars for someone with a disability or injury, have that person find the best location for you.

You will need the following tools
  • Screwdriver

  • Measuring tape

  • Rubber mallet

  • Electric drill

Here's how to install the grab bar:
  1. Locate the mounting holes so that the center of the grab bar fastener slides in to the holes.

  2. Measure from the inside of one bar flange to the outside of the other to find the center to center distance or the distance the mounting holes should be spaced out.

  3. Make sure the wall surface is clean and mark the location of the mounting holes.

  4. Using a masonry drill bit, drill a pilot hole at each mark.

  5. Hold the grab bar with fasteners attached to the wall to check that the pilot holes line up with the center of the fasteners.

  6. To cut holes in tile, use a diamond tipped hole saw to enlarge the pilot holes.

  7. Use a screwdriver to back the bolt of the fastener until the end of it is flush with the nut at the opposite end of the fitting.

  8. Temporarily, install the fasteners to the ends of the grab bar with the stainless steel screws provided.

  9. Wipe the wall surface around these holes with rubbing alcohol so the tape won't stick.

  10. Remove the paper that covers the adhesive on the faceplate.

  11. Inset the fasteners into the holes in the wall while they're attached to the grab bar.

  12. Press the grab bar tightly toward the wall for a moment so that the fasteners can adhere to the wall in the correct position.

  13. Remove the grab bar from the fasteners and use a screwdriver to firmly and quickly punch the head of the bolt toward the faceplate.

  14. Pull the bolt and tighten by hand

  15. Attach the grab bar to the fasteners with the stainless steel screws.

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