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How to attach handrail to pocket door
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Attach handrail to pocket door
Safety rail in my bathroom
Assistance stepping into and out of shower.
Real #12 x 2" stainless screw
#10 x 2" stainless screw
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Heavy duty curtain rod bracket
Curtain rod bracket

Attach handrail to pocket door: details
2x2 treated yellow pine, sanded, stained, varnished.
Very strong, can support my full weight 225 lbs at shower and middle handrail bracket, but might not support same weight at the door, since pocket door fame is not structural like a 2x4.
Rail can be used for exercise/ towel rack/ hang bathmat or small rug after washing. Assistance getting up off floor, and stepping into and out of shower.
Soap and shampoo holder screwed into handrail using stainless fender washer and screw.

Rail runs from tub-shower to doorway.
Left end of 2x2 extends into doorway for hanging damp towel, but can be cut shorter.

Farthest 2 handrail brackets are screwed into 2x4 frame. Drill through shower tile with masonry bit to attach bracket using stainless screws.
To drive screws tight, and ensure no rust over time, avoid stainless-coated pot metal screws from local box store. Pay the money and use real stainless.
Real #12 x 2" stainless screw
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50 pack #10 x 2-1/2" stainless screw

Center bracket spaced away from wall using piece of oak from old pallet
Oak planed to thickness, sanded and stained
Center handrail bracket is slightly higher than other two, so center of rail is slightly higher
This trick gives visual illusion of strong construction

For pocket door:
Handrail bracket attached to 2 drapery rod brackets using 10-32 x 1/2" bolts and locknuts
Drapery rod brackets screwed into pocket door frame using 2-1/2" x 10 hex screws
The screws go into the horizontal 1x4 of pocket door frame
Not necessary to remove pocket door to install
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Pocket door installation Replace hinged door with Pocket door

Step by step: How to install pocket door
page 1 remove old door and trim
page 2 cut opening for pocket door

page 3 install new frame 
page 4 install switch on pocket door
page 5 install drywall on pocket door  
page 6 reinstall trim, texture, paint  
page 7 install handrail on pocket door
Pocket door frame Pocket door frame
Pocket door frame is same thickness as standard 2x4
Apply sheetrock over pocket door frame using short nails

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