Ok, I know the usual ways, but I have a situation
that defeats me. I am planning to install a grab
bar over the tub. There is a window in the wall,
above the installation point, so I can't find the
stud above the tile and drop a line. And the wall
is 41 yeats old, so it has a metal mesh under the
tile, and the stud finder isn't any good. Any
body got another suggestion?
Best way to go, IMO. The only way you'll know you've hit wood is to examine the
which are excavated by the drill bit.
Here's another thought -can you find the stud from the other side, and pop a
hole all the
way through it, into the bathroom? Your studfinder should work on the other
side of the
wall ;-> Even if it's an external wall, this will work as long as you don't have
al-loo-min-e-um siding. Internal wall: patch the hole with joint compound or
Outside wall: break out the silicon.
Find the studs from the outside, and measure their location with reference
to the window edges.
If the window was installed correctly, there should be studs on each side
of the window (king studs, cripple studs). If you have to guess, drill
your holes at those locations -- you have very good odds of hitting
something the first try.
I usually use an electronic sensor (Stanley, I think). It works off
the density of the wall, so when it finds a stud, it beeps. Don't
know if it'll work through tile, but I've had pretty good luck with
thicker walls. Doesn't seem to be affected by metal.
Well, you know that there's going to be a jack and a king on either
side of the window. There should also be a double plate below the
window. Do those work for the grab bar? If not, drill a 1/4" hole at
the intersection of 4 tiles (close to where you want the bar to go or
would be covered by the handbar escutcheon) and stick a hanger through
the hole. If it doesn't end up being covered by the escutcheon, fill
it back up with grout.
There was an excellent segment on Ask TOH where Tom Silva had to install a
bath grab bar and
advised not mounting on the stud because of the chance of you not getting
the screw on center. He used these special mounting brackets that kind of
acted like giant wall mollies and are rated to 400 lbs. Tom also commented
there is nothiong better than the old knuckle method in finding a wall stud.
Check your local PBS station to see when they will replay this episode.
I saw that episode and was very interested. My
problem is that the wall is 41 years old, so I'm
not positive that it is in good enough shape to
hold those things. Tom said that if the wall
isn't in good shape you need to use studs.
Whomever he is, it's a good bet that he's doing a magnificent job here
of getting you plonked.
Allthough from what I've seen of you, it's a safer bet that you've
probably already done that for yourself.
//\\ Hire my o'lady. She'll find any stud she can, and not only find
em, but she'll sleep with um. So if you gots a stud in yo wall,
she'll be a sleepin in yo wall. She gits $5 an hower plus she gits ta
drink all the booze in yo house.
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