Articles about “The SolidMount®
How to Install Bathroom Grab Bars
Tile and Fiberglass Showers
By: The DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
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
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 through the face and put some silicone on it, and that is all they are designed for. The SolidMount® does just that; it goes through 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 Solid Mount®, not the fiberglass enclosure. Now you have a safe and 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 fasteners, and “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 Solid Mount® is.
** None of these articles have been paid for or solicited by
The Solid Mount® or Back to Basics Innovative Design, they are all independent articles. **