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Home Hardware Site Tips #16: Hitting structure when installing bathroom grab bars (VIDEO)

Anderson Hinds of Exquisite Renovation & Design talks about a hack he uses to remember where he put his structural wood before he tiles a shower area

Is there anything more frustrating (and expensive) than drilling through a newly-installed shower wall to attach grab bars – and finding your drill FAIL to hit structure?

You “thought” you remembered where the studs were – but you were wrong. Now you’ve got a major problem replacing the perforated shower tile – which given today’s large-format tiles, won’t be a piece of cake.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to avoid gambling that you can hit a (skinny) 2×4?


Wouldn’t it be a good idea to give yourself a bigger target?

And it wouldn’t it be a good idea to take a photo of the structure before you install the backer board and the tiles?

All of these tips come together in this video featuring Anderson Hinds of Exquisite Renovation & Design, Mississauga, Ontario.


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