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Installing new shower rod

We want to install a shower rod to our new apartment. The plan means that we have to fix it to the wall, as opposed to the ones that can be stuck between the walls. However, we just found out that under the 1.5cm tiles we have reinforced concrete, and we've tried two power drills without much success. Do anyone have suggestions as to how to fix the shower rods to the walls?
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Re: Installing new shower rod

You can drill into the concrete using a special concrete drill bit a and a powerful hammer drill. A rechargeable one won't do it unless its a professional one. Put tape over the tiles to reduce the risk of the tiles shattering

Use the drill without the hammer until you are well through the tiles an then use the hammer. When you put in the rawlplugs add a dab of silicone to the plug before it goes in and again to the screw when you fix the rail. This reduces chances of water going in behind tiles.

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Re: Installing new shower rod

If you want to drill into such concrete you will need a very good SDS drill and bit being carful to drill a larger bore hole in the tile with a dedicated bit without cracking it. Then silicone seal the holes whilst putting the retaining rawl plug anchor in.

Really this is the best way to fix but you must have the right tool for the job, no domestic hammer or even pro cordless will hack that concrete. There are various hole-less fixing "glue" solutions but personally I'm not a huge fan and you need to make sure they will withstand the humidity and heat...
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Re: Installing new shower rod

what about the ceiling? maybe you can install a curtain track instead.
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You can drill into the concrete using a special concrete drill bit a and a powerful hammer drill. A rechargeable one won't do it unless its a professional one. Put tape over the tiles to reduce the risk of the tiles shattering

Use the drill without the hammer until you are well through the tiles an then use the hammer. When you put in the rawlplugs add a dab of silicone to the plug before it goes in and again to the screw when you fix the rail. This reduces chances of water going in behind tiles.

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what about the ceiling? maybe you can install a curtain track instead.
It's a nice idea, but that would mean drilling into the concrete ceiling as well. When I tried to install the light fittings, it took me 10 minutes to drill 1 cm with a 5mm corded drill. I then gave up and used some existing sockets instead...
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Re: Installing new shower rod

Don't know if this idea might be helpful?
I put an 'L' shaped shower rail up in an appartment where we weren't allowed to drill into the walls at all by using sticky pads at each end (so it was flush with, and attached to, the wall). I then suspending the curved bit from the ceiling using a small cup-hook and a cord. It survived six years of teenagers using that bathroom so must have been fairly solid. When we moved I just had to fill a tiny hole and remove some glue.
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Don't know if this idea might be helpful?
I put an 'L' shaped shower rail up in an appartment where we weren't allowed to drill into the walls at all by using sticky pads at each end (so it was flush with, and attached to, the wall). I then suspending the curved bit from the ceiling using a small cup-hook and a cord. It survived six years of teenagers using that bathroom so must have been fairly solid. When we moved I just had to fill a tiny hole and remove some glue.
Thanks! That's probably the most practical plan for now.
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