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Installing Hand Bar (so Mom won't slip) Over Existing Tile

Posted by Kathy Mc. on January 22nd, 2002 09:02 PM

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My mom's developed bad balance problems and needs a hand bar installed in her shower, much like the handicap rails seen in public restrooms. I was at the local plumbing supply store today where they carry a nice bar, 24" long. Each end of the bar has a flat piece, roughly 3" wide x 2" high, with 4 slots for bolts. A decorative chrome piece covers each end. The young man at the store seemed to feel it could be installed no problem over existing tile, as long as we used mollies and hit 2x4's behind the tile for good optimum support. Just wondering if anyone's installed anything like this, and can offer any additional suggestions/advice, especially if there's a chance we will hit a 2x4 on only one end and not the other. Would like this to be very secure without trashing existing tile. Many thanks! - Kathy

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