How to Install Shower Handrails

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Shower handrails are an excellent safety feature that can help prevent slipping and falling, especially if you have elderly or disabled family members living in the home. Handrails stabilize one's balance when getting into and out of the shower, and also while showering. For maximum safety, shower handrails are installed at the entrance to the shower and on the back wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Variable speed drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Mark with a pencil the location where you will install the shower handrail.

  • Locate the wall studs with a stud finder. For a handrail installed just outside of the shower entrance, you only need to locate one stud. Place a pencil mark on the stud location. Locate two studs on the back wall of the shower based on the length of the handrail. Handrails are designed to fit the distance between studs. Mark the stud locations with a pencil.

  • Read the instructions that come with the handrail to find out how far apart to place the anchor plates for your handrail. Measure from the floor up to the desired height of the top anchor plate. Place the anchor plate on the stud location and mark the screw holes with a pencil.

  • Insert the appropriate size drill bit into the variable speed drill and bore the screw holes. Place the anchor plate over the screw holes, insert the provided anchors and screws and securely tighten them with the drill.

  • Measure down from the first anchor plate to the distance that the second anchor plate is to be installed, or across for a horizontal installation. Place a level next to the side of the top anchor for a vertical handrail, and underneath the anchor for a horizontal handrail. Hold the level in place with one hand, and hold the second anchor plate next to the level to align it with the top anchor plate. Lay the level aside when the bottom anchor plate is lined up with the top anchor plate. Mark the screw holes with a pencil and follow step 4 to secure it to the wall.

  • Place the handrail onto the anchors and insert the mounting screws. Tighten the screws with the variable speed drill and slide the escutcheon plates against the wall to cover the screws.

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