Installing Grab Bars into a tiled surface can be a bear if you don’t know what you are doing. It can get costly to hire a professional to do this job for you. The average price to hire a professional for one Grab Bar will vary, ranging from $85 to $100.
In some cases it may be worth it to “hire a pro” or at least get an opinion on how to go about it. If the walls need reinforcing or you have loose tiles then go for the pro, unless you are very handy.
It will also require a bit of “patience,” so take your time! This website is focused on seniors and their safety is #1 on the list. You need this Grab Bar to be very secure.
If you are handy and decide you want to save $, then this post is for you!
Here is a short video on drilling into tile, this should get you started – Let’s go for it!
After watching the video you should have a bit of insight on how to drill into tile. It is really not hard if you take your time and plan ahead. Most large and small towns have some sort of hardware store.
You can get great advice if you talk to the right person. I never had good luck at the large hardware super chains. Like, Depot and that other one.
You get my drift! I find that the “Mom & Pop” hardware store are best for getting accurate info, so pick their brains and save some bucks. Use the savings to make another area safe for a senior.
I recommend taking a pad and paper to write down what they say. As a handy-man myself and working with seniors over the years, I have installed Grab Bars in every part of the house and every surface imaginable.
There is nothing you can’t do if you plan and put your mind to it!
Here are the basic tools that you will need to hang a Grab Bar into tile.
- A pencil and a note pad-piece of paper, something to write on… Make a list of what you think you need prior to going to the store.
- A level (long enough to span the length of your Grab Bar.) Tile is slippery so you may need an assistant to help hold the level.
- You will need drill bits-“The right bits” (Make sure you get the right size bit and right kind, for the hole that you are drilling.) I suggest having a couple extra bits on hand, tile can dull out a bit. This will save you from having to run to the store. You can always return them later, after the job is finished.
- Tape-(To keep the bit from sliding on the tile when you drill.) Note: If you use a punch to tap the hole prior to drilling, this will help guide the drill bit. Be careful not to pound to hard, you do not want to crack the tile and create another problem.
- A drill-Make sure when you are drilling into the tile, not to spin the bit to fast. “Medium speed-be patient”. It will heat up and dull the bit. Tip: Do not touch the bit after drilling…You will burn your fingers. (Swear word, insert here!) Have a bit of water on hand to cool the bit.
- Tape Measure-(I won’t go into tape measures… you got this one!)
- Grab Bar-Most Grab Bars come with instructions and will give you the basics of what you need to do the job. Some come with a template, take your time and read the directions.
If you want to purchase a Grab Bar online, here is my review on a Bathroom Handicap Grab Bar. Size range is from 12″ inch to 48″ in length. These Grab Bars will hold up to 500 lbs.
Note: “I do receive a small commission”. Which helps you save time looking for items and keeps me researching for the best deals and products. It does not cost you in anyway, the price will still be the same. Just being honest here! That being said, just (Click Here) to read the review. See ya on the review page!
One more thing to mention: I would love it if you left me a comment. I would like to hear from you. I will answer each and every question in a 24 hour period. Feel free to ask for help. Come on back and let me know how the job went. This feedback keeps me going! Have a great day, and good luck with the job. “You can do this, just take your time!”
Dan: Founder of seniorsafetyadvisor.com