Did the Job!
I watched a few videos of the installation process before I even purchased this item, to ensure it would serve my purpose.Additionally, I needed to modify some of the steps for my specific application. (I was using a grab bar with square escutcheons and the distance from the inside of my shower wall to the stud was slightly longer, to name a couple).It can be tricky if you are not experienced at this type of thing. Drilling the 2” holes through the shower wall provide a little wiggle room (approximately 1/4” tolerance) to play with. Once you get the one side attached, you can then mark where the other side will need to go, maintaining the location over the stud. Here is a tip: Read all the instructions carefully, maybe more than once. Watch the video. DO NOT USE POWDER TOOLS for this installation, with the exception of drilling the holes. And use a hole saw bit designed to cut through fiberglass! They sell them on Amazon. You will thank me in the end. I suggest you use a socket wrench with an extension to drive the lag bolts into the studs instead. This also allows for removal, should you need to do so. Also, pre-drill into the studs with a slightly larger drill bit than recommended in the instructions. Scraping your bolt threads across a bar of soap will allow the bolts to go into the studs more smoothly.To fit the square escutcheon, I simply trimmed four sides of the round mounting cover plate. I installed the plates, screwing them down to the proper depth without using the caulk, so that I could mark the mounting plates for the square escutcheons first. Then removed them, trimmed them appropriately 1/8” on the 4 marked sides using a hack saw, and file. Then reinstalled them with the caulk, per the instructions. I did this for both ends, which ensured where to mark the edges for the trimming. Also measure many times, drill once!I ended up purchasing 2 kits so I could extend the mounts, as my shower walls were approximately 1/4”-1/2” further from the studs than the mounts provided for.All in all, it is a very solid system. And even though I modified my installation slightly, it is all still very solid. I am happy I went with the original Solid Mount brand.