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Old 01-05-20, 10:46 AM
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Securing grab bar in tiled shower with concrete wall

I am trying to install a grab bar in a tiled shower stall for my elderly mother. The house was built in the 1950s and there appears to be a “mud wall” behind the tile. The concrete is about 1 to 11/2 inches thick. I believe I located the studs with a stud finder and have positioned the grab bar over the studs.

I have had a difficult time drilling through the concrete and I am not sure I hit the stud.

What would be the best way to secure the grab bar in the tiled shower stall?

Would I be able to use a tapcon screw?
 
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Old 01-05-20, 10:49 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

If you are anticipating using tapcons.... that means the masonry is solid and deep enough..... is that correct ?

If I were installing a grab bar on a masonry wall I'd be using a caulk in fastener or a lead anchor.
Tapcons are ok but aren't always reliable for a grab bar installation.
 
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Old 01-05-20, 10:59 AM
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Given that the concrete may only be 1" thick, I suggest a sleeve anchor such as Dynabolt. Use stainless steel since you're in a wet environment.
 
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Old 01-05-20, 11:13 AM
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Hmmmm..... I didn't really notice the 1" to 1-1/2".
Lead shield aren't a good choice. Sleeve anchors are borderline too.

It would be ideal to confirm the screws are going into studs. You can do that by using a ice pick or long skinny screwdriver. It won't go thru a wood stud.

If there is nothing there...... consider WingIts
 
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Thanks so much to all for your input. I would like to get it I the stud so I am going to keep trying to hit it. Not sure I can get a Wingits in there. May have to go with an anchor. Not wild about it, but sounds like it is a better option than tapcons. Thanks again.
 
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