How to install bathroom grab rails

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Project Overview

Grab rails can help make your bathroom safer and more accessible. They can be mounted diagonally for support near a toilet. You can also mount them vertically or horizontally for a shower. We’ll show you how to mount a grab rail on a tiled wall. You’ll also see a great tip for protecting the surface of tiles when you drill into them.
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Time Required

Quick Fix

Quick Fix

A quick fix project usually takes around 1-2 hours

 

Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark up the screw holes for the grab rail
2 Drill the screw holes for the grab rail
  • Step 1. Mark up the screw holes for the grab rail

    To properly support someone, your grab rail needs to be screwed into wall studs. Locate the wall studs and place the grab rail over the studs at the desired height. Use the grab rail as a template and mark up your holes with a pencil. If you are mounting onto tiles, keep the holes away from the edges of the tiles. To save time, you can use the horizontal grout line as your level guide. 
  • Step 2. Drill the screw holes for the grab rail

    Place a piece of masking tape over the hole marks. The tape protects the tile and also helps to keep the drill bit on top of the mark when you are drilling. Drill the holes using a masonry bit.  Remove the masking tape and tap nylon wall plugs into the holes with a hammer.
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