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    Default How To Install Shower Rod in Tile/Mortar Walls?

    My house was built in 1930 and has the original bathroom with the tiles and mortar. What is the best way to fasten the shower rod(that requires screws) to the wall. I am a newbie and willing to try.

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    Default Re: How To Install Shower Rod in Tile/Mortar Walls?

    First, you can substitute this screw mounted rod with a rod that extends to fit with a twist. No screws needed.

    But if you insist on this particular rod and you have to mount it on very old tiles, then this is what you will have to do:

    - mark the screw locations on the tiles.
    - using a special masonry/tile drill bit, drill holes large enough to allow toggle bolts through. You get toggle bolts at any hardware store. Make sure they are long enough.
    - insert the bolts through the rod holding escutcheons, add the toggles and push through the holes, then fasten them.

    Don't break your tiles and don't drill in the wrong places.

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    Default Re: How To Install Shower Rod in Tile/Mortar Walls?

    If your walls are masonry, use anchors instead.

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    Default Re: How To Install Shower Rod in Tile/Mortar Walls?

    Sorry, but I am new at this and need detailed instructions on how to do this. Thanks

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    Default Re: How To Install Shower Rod in Tile/Mortar Walls?

    YouTube search under "installing wall anchors"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc1JPx6ZivQ

    1- With the masonry drill bit NOT installed in the drill, position the drill bit where the anchor is to go

    2- tap the back of the drill bit with a hammer to make an ultra slight ding in the tile surface. This keeps the drill bit from wandering all over the place.

    3- Use the drill bit as usual to s l o w l y drill the hole

    4- blow out the dust

    5- squeeze in some 100% silicone

    6- install the wall anchor

    7- install the shower rod

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    Default Re: How To Install Shower Rod in Tile/Mortar Walls?

    Is there any possibility that I could crack the tile using these anchors? Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Are these anchors identified as "drywall anchors", and is there another way to do this without risking cracking the tile? Thanks

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    Default Re: How To Install Shower Rod in Tile/Mortar Walls?

    To eliminate the possibility of cracking the tiles use a tension rod that holds itself up.

    There is always some risk, a seasoned pro will have no problems.

    You can use a regular carbide tipped masonry bit or, if you want to go the extra $45 mile, use a sintered diamond core bit.

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