05:22AM | 08/28/01
Member Since: 08/27/01
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I've got a new tub with a fiberglass surround. I want to put a horizontal bar on the back wall to hang wash clothes on. How do I do this? I don't think I can drill into the tub because the tub wall is angled creating a void between the tub and the wall studs. Any ideas? Thanks.


Jay J

08:28AM | 08/28/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Indiana,

Not really a good idea, especially if the surround wall is 'flimsey'. Even if you use silicone caulk, the bending and flexing will cause it to 'split' or even separate over time, and cause a leak. Unless you can find 2 locations in the surround that are butt-up against the wall.

If you want to hang wash clothes, rig something up from end-to-end, and NOT where the surround is part of the 'project'. DO keep in mind that you'll have some weight on whatever you rig up so finding 2 studs is VERY important. And to be sure of the 'location' of where you want to put the rig, have a shirt on a hanger in hand to 'hold in place' to see if works.

I've seen these Portable Clotheslines that you can 'stand' in your tub for what you want to do. It's just T-shaped piping that's hinged in the middle (for folding up) and with nylon rope between the ends. It works for me and there's no drilling required!

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator


08:45AM | 08/28/01
Member Since: 08/27/01
52 lifetime posts

Thanks for the reply. Could I simply buy a towel rod (say 18" wide) and then instead of screwing it to the studs, simply glue it to the shower without drilling? My tub is fiberglass. Do you think something like that would work? Thanks.



03:26PM | 08/28/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
As mentioned,it's not a great idea to do this,but I have installed items where I work with very good results.If you are familiar with plastic wall anchors for drywall you know they come in various sizes for different drywall thicknesses.You can buy these same anchors that are for 1/8" thick materials (hollow doors for example).You drill a 1/4" hole,press the wings together and force into the hole.Should you decide to try this,use a sharp drill bit to avoid "wander" and make sure the screws are sized for the hole in the anchor.


08:47PM | 09/24/01
Member Since: 09/08/01
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Hi, Indiana, I'm not sure what you mean by wash clothes but if it's the handwashed items you don't want to put in the dryer, I have a simple solution. I keep an adjustable shower rod in my hall closet. When I have stuff to "line dry", I just pull it out and position it at the top of the shower/tub fiberglass walls down the middle of the tub. My shower walls come out about 1/2 inch from the wall and form a shelf to rest the rod on. I put everything on plastic hangers and dry away. I haven't had anything fall in the tub yet. When everything is dry I just take down the rod and back in the closet it goes.
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