- Jun 17, 2021
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- Northern Virginia, USA
I've had to admit to myself that I am at the point in my life where I wobble like a Weeble but, unlike a Weeble, I am pretty sure that one day I will fall down so I guess it's time to stop relying on the handles on the bypass shower doors for support (they move and I've accidentally removed one of the doors from the track by lifting upwards). I have a pretty good stud finder (variable depth model) but am not sure how it works on tile. In case I can't find the studs I may have to employ the Wingit or Hillman toggle bolt approach to fastening the thing to the wall. Based upon your findings, what brand of safety bar do you find the best with respect to strength, ability to grab without slipping (I don't like the idea of rubber inserts but, maybe, a knurled finish) and ease of cleaning?As for builders, they may be cheaper than you are! Most don't give a rat's $#@ about the homeowner after the fact. These things should be CODE for goodness sake. More accidents happen in bathrooms than anywhere else in the home. Look it up.
If your tile doesn't go up to the ceiling you can generally find the studs above the tile and below the ceiling and follow them down.
I have two stud finders and they aren't worth %$#@ on tile.
I use a small carbide bit, and then will switch to larger, and then diamond bits. CHEAP on Amazon. I go slow with my drill and wet bits. The last three bars I installed were less than three hours labor.
If you miss a stud, no big deal. Look up "WingIts" or the Hillman Toggle bolts.