Question on grab bars in shower

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Old 09-23-19, 01:48 PM
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Question on grab bars in shower

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Old 09-25-19, 09:47 AM
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Several years ago we installed a "Aqua Tub & Shower" this was a complete unit. Now I need to install grab bars. Is it sufficient to put a 3/4 inch plywood on the back to screw in the grab bars. I can remove some drywall to do this. The studs are not in right spot.
 
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Old 09-25-19, 11:54 AM
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I always try to catch at least one stud at one end.
Plywood in the wall will work but can be tough to get in place where needed.

In the link below is a fastening system that I have used and does work.
WingIts hollow wall mounting system
 
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Old 09-25-19, 12:28 PM
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Absolutely love these ones. https://www.homedepot.com/p/5-Pieces...3782/204273421

That being said, they are only as strong as your wall.
I would almost consider suggesting a piece of sheet stainless steel (1/16 - 1/8" thick) on the backside and bolt to that. It will distribute the possible load (impact) across more of the tub.
 
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Old 09-25-19, 04:42 PM
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I'm not saying what the other have suggest won't work. But if it was me I would most definitely want both ends of grab bar into wood studs. You can do this by slanting a grab bar that is at least 20 inches long until each end corresponds to studs at 16 inch centers.
 
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.... and if you can access the backside to add plywood - why not add a 2x instead?
 
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The problem is you are working with a 4" depth.
Unless you cut a massive hole you aren't going to get much of anything useful in the wall unless there is access to that wall from behind..
 
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