Grab Bar General Installation Instructions

Grab bars can only be as strong as what they are mounted to. When installing any safety product, it is imperative to consult a qualified contractor to ensure you have sufficient backing.

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides accessibility standards for the design, construction and alteration of commercial facilities and public accommodations. The standards require properly designed and installed grab bars in bathroom areas of such buildings. #GRABDASHBAR grab bars comply with the ADA when properly installed, sized, and located.

Here is a suggested tool checklist for easy grab bar installation:

  • Power drill
  • Masonry drill bit (3/16”)
  • Wood drill bit (5/32”)
  • Level
  • Masking tape or painters tape
  • Stud finder (not necessary, but may be helpful)

Grab Bar Installation Diagram

  1. Safety codes recommend that handlebars be installed in a tub or shower in the shaded area.

  2. Find the wall studs and mark their locations.

  3. Tape flanges so they won't slide during installation.

  4. For tiles, wall screw a 3/16" pilot hole through the tile with a masonry bit.
    (If you are installing a handlebar on a sheet rock wall, skip to Step 6.)

  5. Next for a tiled wall, drill a 5/32" hole through the stud.

  6. Attach handlebar with 1-1/2" screws provided in each package, making sure to hit a stud(s).
  7. For a handlebar with concealed flanges, line up notches on flanges with notches located on mounting brackets, then lock into place.

Note: If you cannot locate two wall studs, install the handlebar vertically on one stud. HANDLEBARS MUST BE ATTACHED TO WALL STUD(S).

Grab Bar Diagram

Installation Instructions PDF