Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 133
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYDude Quality system, but here is a tip I used:
I had some rocking between the bar's flanges and the already adhered triangle base. I researched why this could lead to failure. I used 2 pieces of flat wood about 4" squares 3/8" thick, and double sided taped them over the triangles, and then applied adhesive backed 150 grit sandpaper over the wood. I then removed the circular stainless flanges from the handle by loosening the allen head bolt that threads into a welded nut or threaded portion on the inside. From there I could rub the bar itself on the sandpaper/wood blocks to abrade or sand down the ends precisely flat to the wall tile location (we had 4.25" square tiled wall) The threaded part is recessed so you will not sand into the threads nor the weld. Then when I put the flanges back on the bar ends and tightened the screws that hold them into the triangle base I wasn't lifting the base and adhesive away from the wall compromising the bond so it won't fail and the bar is securely mounted to last.
The instructions say to use acetone and possibly 400 grit sandpaper on the surface you wish to mount the bar ends, I choose to use an oxalic acid cleanser like "bar keeper's friend" rinsed well, and then followed up with acetone wipe. I had an actual can of acetone I used some from, so didn't use the included wipe. The mounting adhesive tube was soft yet took the key to get it to squeeze out, but dispensed in to the cavity well.
The soft foam peel and stick triangle base may fool you in a way that you may not notice that the wall tile or whatever you are mounting to is not perfectly in plane to the individual bar ends, thus you need to really go the extra step I did to eliminate any strain on any one particular corner of the base and it's cured adhesive. The bond will last only if it is in a stress free condition without your usual use. After it was all said and done, After about 3 days, (I weigh 150 lbs) I could lean out from the corner where I stand and it held, I also showed off (I had a pair of 12" bars on adjacent walls near a corner) to my dad by holding feet against the wall and holding on to the bars, that is more than half my weight on each pulling out and down from the wall (I only did this for 2 seconds), and was solid, So don't try that yourself but the adhesive bond IS that strong if you #1-clean the area well; and #2- mount the bars and bases to be free from misalignment to the wall so as not to stress the joining adhesive bond in any way when you tighten the mounting screws. It is so strong I don't know if I would trust not ripping the tile off of the wall with a large channel lock pliers if I wanted to remove it like they show you can, maybe some Wd-40 and thin wire and "saw motion" behind it to get it off. IDK never removed one and don't plan to. Perhaps it will give way to the twisting motion of a large gripping pliers.
August 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Excellent Product
This shower grab bar looks great, was a breeze to install. It is a little pricey, but not having to drill into fancy tile and find a stud nakes it worthwhile. Fast shipping, installed in 10 minutes (not counting the 24 hour curing time for the adhesive). This is a solid product.
May 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike This product is extremely well designed and includes excellent installation instuctions.
I bought a 12 inch and 30 inch set of no-drill grab bars and was willing to pay more for the no-drill feature so that I wouldn't have to drill holes in the ceramic tile. Good reviews calmed my fears that the product would not hold up to its intended function in the bathtub. I found the installation instructions extremely well written, so much so that it was obvious they were composed by English speaking, bright tech manual writers. There is no way any reasonably intelligent person cannot install these bars with perfection and precision. The grab bars are well designed and I would recommend them to anyone who desires to avoid drilling holes in their ceramic tile. Of course, only time will tell if they maintain their hold, but I have not seen any reviews that would suggest their hold deteriorates over time. There is one caveat: the ceramic tile must be in wet set cement, not just glued to the wall. The hold of the grab bar is only as good as the hold of the ceramic tile to the wall.
October 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer We love our grab bar
Now that I'm getting older I worry about slipping in the shower, but didn't want to get involved with finding the studs in the wall, and drilling holes though the tiles. This product was perfect. Easy to install and seems to be very sturdy.
December 31, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sobay5some Great looking Grab Bar
True to its advertisement, the installation is easy and straightforward. The instruction is easy to follow, plus the video put out by Draad is helpful as well. At first, I thought the price may be a bit high. But after considering the need and cost of hiring a contractor if this is a screw mount item that needs drilling into tiles, the price is justified.
One consideration though, if you have small tiles in your shower / bathroom wall and the sticking surface consists of grout lines, then you may consult with Draad first before buying this item. Draad does not say whether its products would work on surfaces that have grout lines or not.
April 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Muggins Excellent Example of Skilled German Engineering
The customer reviews that are negative are because they did not prepare the surface properly.
(1) Use a Scotchbrite sponge with some Barkeepers' Friend of other type of cleanser. Scrub the surface thoroughly and then dry it.
(2) Use a piece of 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper and rub the tile surface where the bars will be attached, and then wipe away any dust.
(3) Clean surface thoroughly with acetone (better than rubbing alcohol) and then dry surface.
The install process is a piece of cake if you read the instructions and watch the YouTube video.
These bars are sold to Home Depot by Innovative Product Sales (out of NC) 800-961-5804. Call extension 101 and talk with Ken. Again the secret to a successful install is surface prep.
October 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Smartshopper98 Great shower grip
This grip was easy to install, you have to use another shower for a day or so, but afterwards the grip looks like it was part of the shower from the beginning. It didn't require drilling so it didn't harm the surface of the shower. Great product and helps for support in the shower!
October 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tom44 disappointed in product.
the bar was installed as specified. we then had a cleaning crew clean the bathroom. they apparently used a strong cleaner and bleach IN THE SHOWER. the next day the bar fell off during my shower. the adhesive looked like dry cottage cheese. no more of this for me. I drilled the tile and reinstalled the grab bars. I believe the bleach caused the item to fail.
September 20, 2016