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Whitetrash 06-09-2018 08:21 PM

Need Ideas For A Fix
 
So we have a grab bar on the wall to help getting in and out of the shower safely. The wife really depends on it because of issues with her ankles and feet. The right end of the bar closest to the shower is anchored into a stud. The left end is held by drywall and hope. I used moly-screws and life was good until the wife slipped and made a grab to catch herself. The only proper permanent fix I see is cutting out the drywall and installing blocking between studs to supply a true solid anchor for the bar. Then fixing re-texturing the drywall. I really don't want to open that can-O-worms. matching the texture so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb+look like caca is going to be a bitch. Anyone have any ideas? I tried to add a couple pics but, attachment uploads seem to be on the fritz.

greywynd 06-09-2018 08:38 PM

Could you mount a stainless plate to studs then mount the bar to that? A nice polished piece that looks good of course.




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cutter 06-09-2018 08:46 PM

Or get a longer bar. 16 inch bars are made for horizontal installation, 24 inch bars install at an angle.

LKeithR 06-09-2018 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by cutter (Post 714644)
Or get a longer bar. 16 inch bars are made for horizontal installation, 24 inch bars install at an angle.

Bingo! We have a winner! Putting the bar on an angle allows you to catch two studs. I just went through this with my mother-in-law a few years ago. And--full disclosure--I didn't come up with the idea myself...:eek:

Whitetrash 06-09-2018 09:10 PM

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Originally Posted by cutter (Post 714644)
Or get a longer bar. 16 inch bars are made for horizontal installation, 24 inch bars install at an angle.

It is a 2ft bar (A pictures worth a 1000 words they didn't want to upload ) We've had it doing double duty as a towel rack. Rod I think you might have just solved my problem THANK YOU SF BRAINTRUST :D If I drop the right end of the grab bar and angle it I should be able to catch the stud on the left end and end up with three holes from the old mounting position for the wife to fix + touch up the paint:D:D:D I'm in charge of lifting heavy things and maintenance. SWMBO gets to do painting/spackling.

milomilo 06-09-2018 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Whitetrash (Post 714648)
It is a 2ft bar (A pictures worth a 1000 words they didn't want to upload ) We've had it doing double duty as a towel rack. Rod I think you might have just solved my problem THANK YOU SF BRAINTRUST :D If I drop the right end of the grab bar and angle it I should be able to catch the stud on the left end and end up with three holes from the old mounting position for the wife to fix + touch up the paint:D:D:D I'm in charge of lifting heavy things and maintenance. SWMBO gets to do painting/spackling.

For touch up texture use a damp sea sponge dipped in sheet rock mud.:)

Samcord 06-09-2018 09:39 PM

What is on the other side of the wall? If it’s not an exterior wall, or a textured wall, maybe you can open it up.

Whitetrash 06-09-2018 09:40 PM

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Originally Posted by milomilo (Post 714652)
For touvh up texture use a damp sea sponge dipped in sheet rock mud.:)

Thanks Chris, I will forward that tip to the wife ;)

Walker 06-09-2018 10:20 PM

I would make a ss bar that goes exactly between the studs, but I do that kind of crap every day for a living. If not the plate ideas or the angled tube idea, both are good depending on which fits your needs better.

LKeithR 06-09-2018 11:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Whitetrash (Post 714648)
...SWMBO gets to do painting/spackling...

As things should be. I told the wife before we got married that I don't do wallpaper and I don't do paint...:eek:

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Originally Posted by milomilo (Post 714652)
...a damp sea sponge dipped in sheet rock mud...

?????????? Is there some secret SFT ritual that I don't yet have access to? :devil:


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