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Old 11-04-2012, 04:56 PM   #1
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Cutting out the other side and installing blocking is not an option.

I looked online and saw various anchors, what do you guys recommend?
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Why is doing it right not an option?

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Re: Installing Grab Bars In Fiberglass Tub


Sounds like you're out of luck. Normally the walls are too thin to install one with toggle bolts etc... without it cracking in a short period of time.
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Unless the fiberglass is 1/2" thick I wouldn't risk it. Dropping a bar of soap onto most fiberglass tubs can crack them they are so thin. Let alone support someone's weight.
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Cutting out the other side and installing blocking is not an option.

I looked online and saw various anchors, what do you guys recommend?
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super glue and duct tape. heavy on the tape.
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Epoxy screen anchors with maximum expanding expoxy. : laughing:

I cant see a situation where grab bars are necessary for transfer and opening the other side isnt an option.
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This may not be the ideal solution, but if they really need the grab bars.

If the tub wall has a big enough flat spot, can you cut a rectangle out from the front side, fill in blocking. Then maybe get a piece of solid surface material to match the tub and cover the whole and mount the bar to that.


Thats all I got, hopefully I don't end up over in the you may be a hack thread for this


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What a hack..
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Adding blocking is not an option because they are exterior walls with brick.

Ends up there is supposedly blocking in there. I guess we'll see

And when I asked about "Anchors" I was referring to something that goes in between the FG and the stud.
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Tapcons....loooonnngggggg Tapcons!

Seriously, I had that situation on a new home that had some ADA upgrades added, grab bars in the FG tub/shower unit included. I cut a hole in the side walls, added the necessary blocking and had a manufacturer approved repair tech repair the cut. Even with the faux 6x6 pattern, you could barely see the patch.
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Why not use screws in the studs?
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I wonder if the OP is faced with adding grab bars to a Sterling shower. Very good showers but 1x4's should be glued to the b side before install as they stand off the wall a considerable distance. With no acess to the back side (outside wall?) I'd sell them a new shower.
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Can you cut out the sheetrock above the shower and slide the backer down to your grab bar bolts?
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Can you cut out the sheetrock above the shower and slide the backer down to your grab bar bolts?
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I wonder if the OP is faced with adding grab bars to a Sterling shower. Very good showers but 1x4's should be glued to the b side before install as they stand off the wall a considerable distance. With no acess to the back side (outside wall?) I'd sell them a new shower.
This. Its not a Sterling but there is a space of several inches between the FG and the stud.

Check this thing out:
http://www.adaptiveaccess.com/solidmount.php
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Several inches? What is the surround attached to?

I'd try to cut out a piece of the drywall and slide some blocking in there as well, for what it's worth.
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If it's not a "couple inches", i've used these.

http://www.grabbarspecialists.com/pr...-Mount&cat=822
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Several inches? What is the surround attached to?

I'd try to cut out a piece of the drywall and slide some blocking in there as well, for what it's worth.
Sterling Tub surrounds generally have a couple inches between the fiberglass and the wall studs. At least everyone I've ever installed.

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