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Just installed a few of those last week. A stud finder is your best bet. They've become very inexpensive and you will use it throughout the years so put it in your arsenal of tools. I recommend the Zircon brand (under $25). They offer several price ranges but the one I like and recommend has a deep scan mode and also shows you where both sides of the stud start as well as the center.

If you want an old fashion method, start by measuring from a corner and you should have a stud at approx. every 16". Tapping on the wallboard is not uncommon so you can hear the difference in the sound as you go from a hollow sound (no stud) to a more solid sound. When you think you've found the stud use a small nail to tap through the sheetrock, make sure your nail is at least 1 1/2" long, the sheetrock is 1/2" thick and you need something you can hold without hitting your finger while nailing. I have an old leather awl that I use and don't know if you can buy them anymore but if you find one grab it. If you've picked the right spot while tapping you'll hit the stud behind the wallboard using your nail. Move over about 1/2" at a time until you drive the nail into the wallboard and it doesn't hit a stud on either side and you'll have both sides of the stud located. The cover plate on you grab bar will cover the extra holes, if you didn't miss by much. If you have some exposed, because they're so small, they'll be easy to fill and touch up.

Another option is to use the new EZ anchors. They now have one that's rated at 30 lb. each and the grab bars should have three mounting holes on each end which gives you 90 lb. per side or a total gripping strength of 180 lbs. Unless the person you are installing for is over this weight you should be in good shape to use only the EZ anchors. My guess is that in the process of using the EZ anchors you're going to hit at least one stud and then you can use the longer screw provided by the manufacturer which will significantly increase you gripping strength.

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