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HerbG1

05:26AM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 04/03/04
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I need to mount several grab (assist) bars on the ceramic tile that surrounds our garden tub. Anybody have any suggestions on the best way to accomplish this without cracking or removing the tiles?

Jim D

12:52AM | 04/12/04
Member Since: 01/06/01
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HerbG1 - hi, I don't know if this'll help or not. I installed a grab bar in my mother-in-law's bathroom and bought one of those ceramic drill bits (made to drill through ceramic tile) from H-Depot. It worked well -no cracked tiles. I used a variable speed drill, took it slow, and used a small bowl of oil to dip the bit into occasionally to lubricate the bit, per the instructions. No starter hole needed - the tip of the bit cut right into the tile.

The hard part (which made me cut out a section of the tile wall) was locating wall studs to mount the ends of the grab bar to. I didn't want to trust the job to moly-bolts as the bar was mounted vertically. Even if your grab bars are mounted horizontally, I'm thinking you'll want to attach the ends to the studs if you're planning to use them. I don't think the moly-bolts would distribute the pressure enough to keep from pulling free.

I hope this helps some - good luck! Jim D/Heathsville, VA

hammerman

04:57AM | 04/13/04
Member Since: 07/02/03
30 lifetime posts
One other thing that will make the job easier. Use a nail punch and lightly tap it into the tile where you plan on drilling. Do this until you have very small dimple. This way when you go to drill the bit won't slip and scratch or crack your tile. Also I believe mounting the grab bar to studs is not just a good idea but a code requirement. If you slip and are going to fall and grab the bar it will more than likely pull out of the wall if not mounted to studs.

Good luck
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