How to Attach into a One Piece Tub and Shower Enclosure

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One-piece bathtubs and shower enclosures consist of a single fiberglass shell. Catch bar brackets made specifically for fiberglass setup have disks that securely disperse the weight of a person and prevent the fiberglass. By attaching the brackets you be sure that the grab bar won’t pull out of the bathtub or shower wall when in use. Grab bars can be purchased in sets of two, which allow you to install a vertical grab bar and shower for a horizontal grab bar and standing assistance to help individuals grow up or sit down in the bath tub.

Find a stud onto the shower wall near the shower head using a stud finder. Find the center of the stud 33 inches up from the ground and mark a long bit of tack painter’s tape on it. This is the place where the grab bar is going to be installed.

Find an stud. Put a bit of tack painter’s tape throughout the wall, with the ends lined up in the place where the grab bar can be easily achieved while sitting in the bathtub, with all the centres of those two studs that are adjacent.

Hold the grab bar up against the bit of tape. Center the flanges of the grab bar on the stud’s center-line. Trace around the perimeter of the flanges to indicate their position. Do exactly the same with the tape and the second grab bar that crosses between two studs.

Find the center of the traced circles and mark them with a dot.

Drill a 1/8 inch hole onto the dots. Insert a nail to every hole.

Cut a 2-inch hole in the fiberglass shower wall on the circles using a 2-inch hole saw.

Measure the period of the distance between the stud and the upper surface of the shower wall. Cut the grab bar spacers to that length with a utility knife.

Drill a pilot hole to each stud using a 3/16 inch drill bit. Center the hole in the shower wall and the pilot holes onto the stud.

Insert the lag bolt and washer in the spacers. Insert the spacer that is mounting lag bolt assembly to the pilot hole. Drive the bolt till its hand.

Run a bead of silicon caulk around the perimeter of every hole in the shower wall.

Put the bracket with the disk side of the bracket facing you onto the spacer. Screw the mounting bracket till the back of the bracket disk touches the shower wall.

Align the screw holes on the grab bar flanges with all the holes on the mounting brackets. Until they are tight to secure the grab bar into the shower 22, drive screws through the holes using a screwdriver. Attach the other grab bar exactly the same manner.

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