Frequently asked questions...

Do I need to use The Solid Mount�?

To our knowledge there is only two safe ways to install a grab-bar into fiberglass shower or tub enclosures. You could always hire someone to put some structural support between the fiberglass shower and the studs in the wall; the cost would be in the upward area of $400.00 or more plus the time it would take to complete the job, patch the walls and don�t forget the dusty dirty mess. Or if you truly want a quick, safe and money saving way to install a grab bar in a fiberglass shower or tub enclosure then you need The Solid Mount�. The Solid Mount� is a safe, unique and solid mounting assembly that installs thru the face of your fiberglass shower into the studs of your home so your grab bar is securely fastened and the fiberglass is protected.

How long does it take to install?

It takes approximately less than 1 hour to do a complete installation. We have heard from customers that can install a grab bar in as little as 30 minutes

Do I need to purchase your grab bars?

No you do not have to purchase grab bars from Back to Basics, as a matter of fact we do not sell grab bars. It is our belief that there are enough grab bar manufactures that make a great grab bar so why get involved in manufacturing and selling our own line of grab bars when so many companies sell them?

Can I just use Toggle Bolts or some other "Wing" Style fastener

Some people believe that you can use toggle bolts or other forms of expansion type fasteners to attach a grab-bar to the fiberglass shower or tub enclosure walls, please do not believe these dangerous and insecure methods. Remember the fiberglass that you are putting the toggle bolt or other expansion mounting bracket to still has no structural strength or stability and the walls still can crack and completely break in time allowing you to slip or fall and break your hip or worse.

Do I still need to find the studs?

Yes, you must still find the studs in the wall but don't worry that is really a simple thing to do. The reason for finding the studs is the fiberglass has no structural strength or stability. The Solid Mount� mounts directly to the stud and gives you a Solid and Safe mounting plate for you to mount your grab bar to.

How do I install The Solid Mount�?

The Solid Mount� is installed using basic hand tools and takes about 1 hour to complete the installation process. For a complete set of installation instructions follow this link.

The Parts

The Solid Mount
only uses 14 parts to create the strongest mounting bracket made for fiberglass enclosures.
We start with 6000psi Material that heart of the Solid Mount is made from, then it is attached to the stud of your home using a 5/16" dia. lag bolt. The grab-bar is then mounted to the Solid Mount with 6 Specialty screws

How it Works

The Solid Mount is the strongest mounting bracket ever designed for use in fiberglass showers and tubs. This is due to the way they are mounted the Solid Mount attaches directly to the stud (2x4) in the wall that is already there. It uses 14 parts to create the strongest mounting bracket made for fiberglass enclosures. We use a 6000psi Material that the heart of the Solid Mount is made from. After making some simple adjustments the threaded bracket is attached to the stud of your home using a 5/16" dia. lag bolts along with a stainless steel washer. The next piece is the mounting cup made from the same 6000 psi. material little silicone around the hole in the wall and thread on the mounting plate this step seals the shower. Now install the second bracket the same way once that is done the bar is ready to mount. Mounting the bar is done by using the supplied screws they are a specialty screw designed for this application. That is just a quick walk though of the installation process you can down load the instruction sheet from here.

About The
"Solid Mount"

The Solid Mount is the only Mounting Bracket designed specifically for installing grab-bars into fiberglass Showers and Tubs. Exceeding all UBC (Universal Building Codes) and Canadian specifications, plus with an install time of just about 1 hour no wall damage or patching required. Most fiberglass showers and tubs only take 1 - 2 sets. Most people like to add one bar on the end wall to hold on to when they get in and out of and one on the back (long wall in shower) to hold onto during use of the shower. The Solid Mount is the strongest mounting bracket ever designed for use in fiberglass showers and tubs. This is due to the way they are mounted the Solid Mount attaches directly to the stud (2x4) in the wall that is already there