Almost all our modern day bedrooms have attached bathroom and we all want them to be utilitarian. Not only they ensure good hygiene but also you visit a bathroom just as frequently as you visit the kitchen. In the bathroom, a grab bar is among the most important fixtures. You can install it near a bath tub to help you ease out into and out of it or you can have it near the shower for supporting your weight or likewise. If you don’t have it in your bathroom, install it today. Fortunately, it is very easy to do it by yourself.
I have brought this step-by-step guide on how to install a bathroom grab bar in order to enable you complete this small project yourself.
THINGS YOU NEED:
First of all, make a run to the nearest hardware store in order to gather all the supplies you will need. It is better to purchase everything in a single go, as it will save you both money and time. Check everything you will need for this project and make a list. Take that list along with you to the store and purchase whatever you have jotted down on it. You are going to need:
- Permanent marker or pen
- Masking tape
- Electric drill
- Grab bars
- Glass and tile bit
- General purpose or wooden metal bit
- Wall screws
- Hand screwdriver
- Silicone shower caulk
- Plastic Anchors package
The size of the anchors will determine the drill bit you have to use. It is different for different sizes of the anchor. Now you are good to go.
Firstly, you have to determine the height of the grab bar you want to install. Usually it is 30” above the ground. Take a measure tape and measure your desired height from the floor. When you have reached that height, use a permanent marker to mark points on that height above the ground level on the wall.
Again, use the measure tape to measure the length of the bar.
When you have this measurement, mark this distance on the wall or tiles with the help of the marker. Make two spots, this is where you have to drill holes in the tiles or the dry wall.
A torpedo level will help you mark two parallel holes for the anchors.
Now use an electric drill machine to drill holes in the tiles or the dry wall. The marks will help you in doing this task correctly. Hold the drill machine straight while its switched on. Be attentive as you don’t want your tiles to get ruined by any unnecessary hole or chipping away.
In the case of grab bar, there are no separate brackets installed on the base. Mostly, the grab bar comes with built in metal plates that you have to attach directly onto the anchors. These anchors will keep the bar secure and sturdy.
Anchors are of two types; both are of plastic. However, they differ a bit in their structure. The first one is a simple one with two arms. The second one is a bit more substantial and strong. The first and second figures show the first type and the third and fourth images show the butterfly anchor.
Simply fold them in middle and push them into the hole. It is important to push them in all the way.
Now there is a pin in the anchor package. Use it to pop out the butterfly wings of the anchor in the insides of the wall.
Do it will all the four anchors.
With a dry wall, you can use a hammer to pound the plastic anchor into the wall. However, it is easier to do with tiles and the anchor simply slides in with the pressure of the thumb on it.
With the wall anchors in place, it’s time for you to install the grab bar. Unlike other bathroom fixtures, a grab bar doesn’t take metal brackets on the base. They link directly to the anchors in the wall.
Place the two ends of the bar over the anchor-filled holes and hold it steady.
Insert the screws into the holes visible in the bar and use a drill machine to tighten them. You can also use a screwdriver but that would be time consuming. Thus, it’s better that you use a drill machine with the correct bit installed.
Using toggle bolts is not a good idea as they are mostly for dry or concrete walls.
The screws used also vary with the studs used and add to the sturdiness of the road. So, it’s would be better if you consult the installation manual provided with the grab bar package. I am using No. 10 or 12 screws that are of stainless steel type with a pan head.
When you have installed the grab bar, pour a layer of silicone caulk around the seam. This is to keep out the water seepage into the holes and securing the rod firmly to the tiles/wall.
Let the caulk dry for at least 24 hours before testing your work. Give the bar a powerful yank, if its rightly attached it won’t come off.
Start using it.
If you are looking for such updates to your bathroom, keep on visiting this site and reading my blogs. I am sure you will find them interesting and easy enough to do at home. If you are a DIY type of person, this is surely your thing. Why waste money on a plumber when you can handle it yourself in a far more economical and fun way. No matter how difficult they may seem, domestic projects are easy enough to fulfill with some knack of skills and quick working.
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