Articles about “The SolidMount™
How to Install Bathroom Grab Bars
Tile and Fiberglass Showers
By: The DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
Make your bathroom safer and more versatile by adding grab bars. In your bathtub or shower, grab bars provide extra security for that first slippery step. We’ll show you the best way to install them… Continue to article
Staying At Home
Aging in Place Design and Remodeling
By: Barry Elings, third-generation remodeler, and owner of Grab Bars of Greater Iowa.
Installing Grab Bars in Fiberglass Showers
Fiberglass shower install
Recently I was asked if I could install bars in two fiberglass showers. Yes, it is possible, usually. The reason molded fiberglass units can be difficult is the gap between the shower panels and the wall framing. Though I have seen it done, it is extremely unsafe to attach a grab bar directly to the fiberglass panel….. Continue to article
3. How to Attach a Grab Bar to a One Piece Tub and Shower Enclosure
By: Alexis Rohlin; Updated 12 – 10, 2018
One-piece tubs and shower enclosures consist of a single gel-coated fiberglass shell. Grab bar mounting brackets made specifically for fiberglass installation have discs that safely distribute the weight of a person and prevent the fiberglass from cracking…. Continue to article
4. Grab bar in a fiberglass shower
By: Herrick Kimball Issue 114 Fine Home Building
Another Option other than “The SolidMount™”
I need to install a grab bar in an existing one-piece fiberglass tub/shower. It seems that the shower wall alone is not strong enough to support a lot of weight. Any suggestions?
Herrick Kimball, a remodeler and kitchen contractor in Moravia, New York, replies: The challenge here is to attach something that must be rock solid (a grab bar) to something thin and flexible (the wall of a fiberglass tub/shower unit). My solution is to screw the grab bar directly into blocks attached to the wood framing behind the wall. This approach works only if you can access the backside of the shower wall and may entail removing and replacing drywall…
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Remember, no matter what you do or how you attach your grab bar
it is only as solid as what it is attached to.
First, be aware that fiberglass enclosures flex and fiberglass enclosures are not designed to support a grab bar. Fiberglass enclosures are designed to be an inexpensive way to finish a shower or tub wall out and to make it watertight. Poke a few holes thru the face and put some silicone on it, and that is all they are designed for. The SolidMount™ does just that; it goes thru a hole in the face of the fiberglass, attaches to the solid framing of the house and a little silicone to seal the hole to make it watertight (just like around the shower or tub controls) and attach the grab bar to The SolidMount™, not the fiberglass enclosure. Now you have a safe a secure grab bar.
Other products available might even be cheaper, but what are your health and safety worth? You can buy “Toggle bolts” from your hardware store, “Wing style” grab bar fastener, “Secure” or “Hollow” wall type Mounts. But none of those mentioned above products attach to the house’s framing but solely rely on the Fiberglass surface they mount into for their strength and security. Most of all, NONE of those mentioned above methods were Designed and Patented Specifically to Install Grab Bars into Fiberglass Showers or Tubs like The SolidMount™ is.
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