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Finding Studs To Mount Shower Grab Bar


shower grab barOne of the challenges of mounting a shower grab bar is finding wall studs to mount it to. This can be particularly challenging if you have, for example, ceramic tile that covers the entire wall. Sometimes you will find that the shower enclosure material will not go all the way to the ceiling, which makes it easy to find the location of the studs. In this case you can use a stud finder and run it across the top of the drywall that is not covered by the shower surround surface. Mark a line and follow it vertically down until you get to the area where you want to mount the grab bar. Note that you may need to mount the grab bar diagonally so that each end is secured to a wall stud.

If your shower surround covers the entire wall, you can hunt and peck for a wall stud. If you have an interior wall on the other side of the shower, you can remove the baseboard and measure the distance from the edge of the wall to a wall stud and then transfer the distance to the shower side of the wall. You can also do this by looking at wall outlets since one side of them is generally secured to a wall stud.

As a last resort, you can drill small holes in the grout lines horizontally until you contact a stud. These small holes can be filled in later with matching grout.

Once you have the locations of the wall studs you can install the shower grab bar. Here is some information on a shower grab bar installation.


Finding the studs in this situation can be a huge pain. Just pray that there is a closet on the other side of the shower...makes life a whole lot easier.
Posted @ Sunday, July 25, 2010 3:55 PM by Indianapolis Handyman
We often use wingit brand fasteners to avoid having to locate studs. This also allows us to put the bar right where we want it rather than where the studs allow.
Posted @ Friday, February 11, 2011 2:39 PM by Andrew
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Posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 1:00 AM by Ryan
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Posted @ Friday, March 14, 2014 1:17 AM by Ryan
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