If you install a shower rod without installing wall-mounted brackets, you're asking for trouble, especially if you rely on the shower rod for balance when entering or exiting the shower. Shower rod brackets keep the shower rod from slipping and provide the support necessary if the rod is used as a hand hold. Even if you have a shower rod with a self-tightening feature without brackets, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Measure the height for installing the shower rod then test-fit the shower rod brackets at these measurements on each wall. Insert the shower rod into these brackets. Set a bubble level on top of the run to ensure it's even, with someone holding the rod in place.
Use a marker to note the position of the screw holes in the brackets on each wall. Check the bubble level again to ensure the rod is level as you will be drilling through fibreglass or tile and these holes will be permanent.
Installing the Anchors
Drill the holes with an electric drill big enough to accommodate plastic drywall anchors. Hammer in the anchors then align the holes in the brackets with the holes in the anchors.
Fastening the Shower Rod
Drive screws through the bracket holes and into the anchors to secure the brackets. You can now place a shower curtain on the rod without fear of the shower rod coming down if you suddenly grab hold of it.
Slip-proof Bath Mat
Lay a slip-proof bath mat on the floor of the shower to prevent slipping. Check to ensure the suction cups of the mat make contact with the shower floor before use. You may have to get the floor of the shower wet before the suction cups hold the mat properly.
Slip Prevention Devices
Further protect against a slip and fall by installing a tub rail at waist level in the shower stall. For elderly individuals, consider placing a portable tub bench in the shower for easy bathing while sitting down. Both the tub rail and the bench can provide a safer environment for showering. The more slip preventive devices for someone to grab onto during a fall, the less likely a severe accident will result. Most of these items can be purchased from well-equipped chemists or durable medical equipment companies.
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