Protect the area beneath where you'll be drilling to install the grab bars with a towel or old newspaper.
Locate the studs in the area you want to mount the grab bar with a stud finder. Mark the studs with a pencil.
Place a strip of masking tape down the wall using a carpenter's level to indicate the stud locations.
Position the ends of the grab bar over the masking tape indicating the studs. Both ends must mount solidly into studs.
Slide the decorative cover out of the way, and hold the bar in place. Mark the three screw holes you will drill on each end with a marker.
Drill a pilot hole with a drill and drill bit drilling into the studs. Wipe away any debris with a clean damp rag. Repeat for each hole.
Insert silicone caulking into each hole, and then on the back of the grab bar ends.
Place the grab bar ends over the pilot holes, making sure the decorative cover is well out of the way. Thread the washers onto the wood screws while you have the mounting flange lined up with the holes, and drive the screws through the flange into the holes.
Wipe away any silicone caulking with a damp cloth that may have oozed out. Setups vary depending upon manufacturer's directions. Typically, you screw in one flange first and then insert the bar and second flange, and then screw the second flange into the wall.
Slide the decorative cover over the mounting flange. Spin and snap it in place. Do not use the shower until the silicone has dried according to the manufacturer's directions.
Things You Will Need
- Grab bar
- Towel or old newspaper
- Stud finder
- Masking tape
- Carpenter's level
- Drill bit
- Clean damp rag
- Silicone caulking
- Caulking gun
- Grab bars mount differently depending on the manufacturer.