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Old 03-19-2019, 10:53 PM   #15
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Wall is hollow....not much else one could do without redoing wall.....and I would NOT add anything passing thru outside wall....can always add more supports if needed....just depends on what's there to work with...Might be able to also raise commode also could have a vertical grab handle right next to door frame where there is strength, if you could reach it..
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rkresge has the plan: use a studfinder to find hardpoints within the wall and fasten the handles there. Just be sure not to drill into any plumbing or electrical in the wall in that spot. If there are no studs in the right places, consider spanning the distance with a piece of ply of solid wood (pre-finished shelving will also work if appearance is important) then mount the grab bar where needed.

My wife also has mobility issues and I mounted 3 18" grab handles to the front and entry door side of the galley cabinet. I used stainless steel screws, nuts, and washers to ensure a solid mount into the cabinet framing members.

If you need one in the bathroom, consider the front of the cabinetry or close to the door where there is framing behind the paneling.
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Backer boards are usually a board placed inside a wall before applying the paneling. It depends on the construction of the wall.

Remove the panel. Add backer board. Replace the panel. Shower units go on top of everything. You may need to cut the existing panel or shower unit piece to fit the slightly changed dimension.

Use your carpenter intuition to decide on the details.
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