Pros' tips for installing grab bars

Never rip them out of the wall again

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Q: As my parents have gotten older, they have begun asking one of the towel bars in their bathroom to do double duty — as a grab bar. You can probably guess what happened. Last week my dad, who is not a small man, used the towel bar for an assist off the commode. The result was a dangling towel bar and a nice quarter-size hole where the screw used to be.

I have two questions: How do I fix the hole in the drywall, and what’s the best way to install a grab bar to make sure it stays put?