Fixings in your bathroom29. May 2018
The bathroom – your spa at home. A rain shower and whirlpool bath turn this room into a personal oasis of wellbeing where you enjoy spending time. What could be more disruptive than a towel rail that has broken out of its anchoring? Or a mirror cabinet that threatens to come off? We’ve gathered a few tips on how to safely install your applications in the bathroom to make sure it remains a place of wellbeing.
As a room for fixings, bathrooms have several specific features. Bathrooms are generally tiled. If possible, you are advised to drill into the grout instead of the tile in order to install furniture or carry out test drills. If this isn’t possible you should use crepe tape in order to prevent damage to the tile, because tiles have a smooth surface which the drill can easily slip on. Crepe tape provides additional hold. A tip by our expert: don’t use an impact driver for drilling into tiles.
Broken towel rail
You need a special solution if your towel rail has broken out of its anchoring. Taking out the screw and screwing it back in won’t work as it will no longer grip in the building material, which is why there are repair products such as the Fill & Fix. This is a liquid anchor that fills the borehole, where it cures and provides a new contact surface for the screw to firmly anchor itself into the building material, enabling you to reattach the object in the same borehole.
Our experts warn against the use of alternatives such as construction silicone for filling the borehole. The contained acrylic shrinks over time and therefore does not guarantee a secure hold, so it is better to opt for a professional liquid anchor.
Fill & Fix will also help you if you don’t want to reattach an item of furniture in the same spot, as the compound can also be used to fill boreholes. Simply sand and paint over the original borehole and the problem is solved.
Installing a bathtub tray
If you want to install a tray in the bathtub then the construction material is crucial to the choice of anchor. Carry out a test drill if you’re unsure what construction material you’re dealing with. The drilling dust will help you identify the construction material. You can find more information on this here.
Good to know: the anchor can only carry as much as the construction material that it’s anchored in. An expanding anchor such as the fischer DUOPOWER is suitable for construction materials such as concrete, solid and hollow bricks and porous concrete.
If the construction material consists of gypsum plasterboard however, then a product solution for hollow spaces is required, such as the fischer DUOTEC. It has a short toggle element that locks itself into positions in the hollow space.
Installing a mirror cabinet
A long-shaft fixing such as the SXRL should be used for the installation of mirror cabinets in concrete or solid and hollow bricks. A cavity fixing such as the fischer DUOTEC should be used for gypsum plaster board. Detailed information on the respective loads and variations should be read product-specifically.
Got any other applications where you’re unsure which plug to use? Then download our free plug finder-App on iOS and Android. Here you’ll find the most common applications, you can enter your building material, the weight of the attachment part and other specifications and you’ll receive a suitable recommendation of plugs and screws with installation instructions and purchasing options.