Screws to use with fiberglass shower wall

lilloNovember 10, 2013

I bought a handheld shower with a bracket that I wanted to put in my old guest bathroom . The problem is that the the shower tub combo is one piece of Fiberglas with the walls . The screws sent with the bar won't hold it tight to the fiberglass and might crack it . Is there another kind of screws that I can use ?

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Trebruchet

lillo:

Who says you need mechanical fasteners? Clean the fiberglas and the back of the bracket, apply 100% silicone and tape it in place for a day or so. Carefully cut off the squeeze-out with a razor knife after its set up. If there is enough footprint on the bracket, this may work.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 12:21PM
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millworkman

You also might be able to use 3M VHB tape!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 1:04PM
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lillo

Would these methods be sturdy enough to hold the bar ? taking in consideration that there will be some pull up and down on it to move the position of the shower head .

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 10:51PM
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millworkman

Worth a shot before you screw the surround. If you have to screw thru the surround you will need to have the screw into a stud or blocking (which should have been figured in the original layout).

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 9:19AM
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Trebruchet

lillo:

Have a local solid surface fabricator fabricate a color matched piece 2" longer than the bar you want to mount. Drill through the solid surface completely to mount your hardware (don't screw directly into the solid surface), making sure the back is flush. Silicone the solid surface to the shower wall. It ain't comin' off, even if you used it as a grab bar.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 2:22PM
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lillo

Thank you for your suggestions . I'll give it a try with the silicone first . If it doesn't work , I'll the idea of adding the solid surface .

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 1:49AM
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