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Shower Safety Bar Install Help and Recomendations

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Shower Safety Bar Install Help and Recomendations

Hello! Has anyone bought a shower safety bar here? Amazon / Home Depot / Lowes? I've been told not to get the suction kind. Any recommendations on exact products?

YouTube lead me to seeing videos of people drilling straight into the tile without doing any stud finding first. Did anyone else do it this way?
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Amazon was cheapest when I bought bars. I bought Moen branded bars. I used a stud finder to locate studs and drilled thru the tile using a tile bit.
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I bought this one and installed it for my mom in her condo unit. Damn walls had NO STUDS behind those thin 1/4" drywalls. Ended up using wall anchors to secure it.

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Choose from Moen or Delta, preferably ADA compliant.

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/catego ... grips.html

Compare prices vs Amzn and other hardware stores.
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Thank you! I went for Moen at my local Lowe's. They told me to join the VIP PRo program, which gave me 5% off.

Doesn't seem like a hard install.
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jdmfishingonly wrote: I bought this one and installed it for my mom in her condo unit. Damn walls had NO STUDS behind those thin 1/4" drywalls. Ended up using wall anchors to secure it.


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What kind of wall anchors did you end up using? Curious to see what happened without any studs.
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bluewaker wrote: What kind of wall anchors did you end up using? Curious to see what happened without any studs.
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littledog wrote: I would recommend a matching grab bar anchor due to the fact that it needs to withstand a large amount of force when it's being used.

I installed a Delta grab bar and the matching anchor.

https://www.amazon.ca/Delta-DF549-Hollo ... B00KQ3JVSI

You can also get one for Moen grab bars
https://www.lowes.ca/product/bathroom-s ... ors-337714
I don't want to drill through tile/kerdi board so I may need to use these as the stud may be a bit too far off.

Any issues using the moen mounting hardware?

Are they safe and fine to use? Looks simple enough to install...
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Moen ones come with supposedly heavy-duty drywall anchors. I suspect a heavy fall will damage the wall.
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thriftshopper wrote: Moen ones come with supposedly heavy-duty drywall anchors. I suspect a heavy fall will damage the wall.
I think you need to buy them separately but I'll have to double check at the store but they look like they are safe enough to use

Now I need to figure out which drill bit to buy
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Any thoughts on whether the bar should be vertical, horizontal or if the L-shaped bars are more useful?
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Squirrel99 wrote: I think you need to buy them separately but I'll have to double check at the store but they look like they are safe enough to use
Definitely included with the set I bought (had shelves to hold toiletries - maybe others don't or not all have them).
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QuicKi7 wrote: Any thoughts on whether the bar should be vertical, horizontal or if the L-shaped bars are more useful?
Easy to say it is a matter of personal choice, however it should depend on who is using it the most. For seniors it is usually best to mount the bar on an approximate 45-60 degree angle. If mounted vertically then their wet hands may slip and slide down the bar, losing their grip. If mounted horizontally they they have to "contort" their wrist to grab and lift. At 45-60 degrees sloping upwards they get the best grip without contorting their wrist.
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