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How to Install a Bath Safety Rail


Often times the installation of bath safety rails can be a hindrance to incorporating this safety item for yourself or loved ones. There can be a lot of questions surrounding their successful installation. This article will provide steps and tips for a successful bath safety rail installation.

The two main items to consider for a successful installation include location and tools. The location and placement of the rail will determine which tools will be needed. For instance, using a stud sensor will determine where the wall studs are located for a secure installation. Likewise, when installing a bath safety rail on tile, one of two specific drill bits are recommended. Provided at the bottom of this article is a link to a video with drilling tips.


When considering the best bathtub safety handle placement, consider the following guidelines in relation to height and position.

Published guidelines for location installation suggest bath safety rails be installed between 33 and 35 inches from the floor of the tub, and either horizontally or at 45 degree angle. These positions provide the best support for a person trying to get in and out of a tub safely.

Tools for Installing a Bath Safety Rail

Locating Wall Studs

The first thing you want to do is locate the wall studs with a quality stud locator. Slide the stud locator horizontally across the wall. When a wall stud is located the sensor will flash or beep. Mark this spot and measure 16 inches from this location to locate the next stud.

Using Recommended Drill Bits

It is recommended using carbide-tipped masonry drill bits or diamond -tip drill bits when drilling into tile. The diamond-tip drill bits are a little more expensive than the alternative however they are known to last longer.

In addition to the chosen drill bit it is important to keep it lubricated while drilling, breaking through the tile and boring the hole. Water is the safest lubricant to avoid overheating and wearing out. A hose system, an extra pair of hands, or pausing and spraying only the drill bit can provide the needed lubrication. Whichever lubricant system is chosen, for safety reasons, it is important to avoid water getting near the drill motor.

Source by Laura Lyter

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