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Ceiling Shower Track Rod Installation Instructions

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Some notes and handy tips before you begin:
  • Installation is often easiest when done by two people.
  • Some installations may require you cut or bend the track to fit. Note that altered tracks cannot be returned.
  • These track rods come with basic installation hardware, but some situations may require additional or different hardware (i.e., installing over tile instead of drywall). If you are not installing your track on a typical drywall ceiling, we urge you to contact the manufacturer to identify the recommended hardware for your installation.
  • These instructions are provided for our customers' convenience only. Please note that PlumbingSupply.com® assumes no liability regarding your use of these instructions. If you have specific installation questions, please contact the manufacturer or a local contractor.
Recommended tools: tape measure, pencil or marking pen, drill, 1/8" and 1/4" drill bits, hammer, Phillips screwdriver

Basic installation example:
Basic installation pictures

Straight Track Rod Installation

Straight shower rod installation example
  1. The straight track should be aligned above the outside edge of the tub so that the shower curtain will slope slightly in when attached. If the track is longer than the distance available, one end can be shortened using a hacksaw. On the shortened end, using the end cap as a guide, drill a new 7/32" screw hole.

  2. Hold the track to the ceiling and mark the three holes on the ceiling. Take the track down and drill a 1/8" pilot hole at the marks for the drywall anchor and screw.

    • If the 1/8" drill hole hits a stud, no drywall anchor is needed and the mounting screw can be screwed directly into the stud at the pilot hole.
    • If the 1/8" drill hole does not hit a stud, drill a 1/4" hole through the drywall, then insert a drywall anchor into the 1/4" hole, tapping lightly with a hammer until it is flush with the ceiling.

  3. Before attaching the track, insert the shower curtain carriers/hooks into the installed track. Make sure the number of hooks matches the number of grommets in the curtain. (Note: There might be a few extra carriers/hooks included in the package.)

  4. With the end caps in place, attach the track at the mounting holes with screws. It is recommended you start with the center screw, then add the screws at the end caps.

  5. Attach the shower curtain to the hooks.



L-Shaped Track Rod Installation

L-shaped shower rod installation example
Please note: Installation instructions are the same for both left and right side L-shaped tracks
  1. Slip the sections of the L-shaped track together at the connector and hold to the ceiling to see that it fits as desired. If the track is longer than the distance available, one end can be shortened using a hacksaw. On the shortened end, using the end cap as a guide, drill a new 7/32" screw hole.

  2. Hold the track to the ceiling and mark the seven holes on the ceiling. Take the track down and drill a 1/8" pilot hole at the marks for the drywall anchor and screw.

    • If the 1/8" drill hole hits a stud, no drywall anchor is needed and the mounting screw can be screwed directly into the stud at the pilot hole.
    • If the 1/8" drill hole does not hit a stud, drill a 1/4" hole through the drywall, then insert a drywall anchor into the 1/4" hole, tapping lightly with a hammer until it is flush with the ceiling.

  3. Before attaching the track, insert the shower curtain carriers/hooks into the installed track. Make sure the number of hooks matches the number of grommets in the curtain. (Note: There might be a few extra carriers/hooks included in the package.)

  4. With the end caps in place, attach the track at the mounting holes with screws. It is recommended you start with the center screw, then add the screws at the connector and finally add the screws at the end caps.

  5. Attach the shower curtain to the hooks.



U-Shaped Track Rod Installation

U-shaped shower rod installation example
  1. Slip the sections of the U-shaped track together at the connectors and hold to the ceiling to see that it fits as desired.

  2. Hold two sections of track to the ceiling and mark the six holes on the ceiling. Take the track down and drill a 1/8" pilot hole at the marks for the drywall anchor and screw.

    • If the 1/8" drill hole hits a stud, no drywall anchor is needed and the mounting screw can be screwed directly into the stud at the pilot hole.
    • If the 1/8" drill hole does not hit a stud, drill a 1/4" hole through the drywall, then insert a drywall anchor into the 1/4" hole, tapping lightly with a hammer until it is flush with the ceiling.

  3. With the connectors in place, attach the two sections of track at the mounting holes with the screws provided. It is recommended you start with the center screw on each section, then add the screws at the connector. Do not tighten screws yet.

  4. Before attaching the remaining sections of track, insert the shower curtain carriers/hooks into the installed track. Make sure the number of hooks matches the number of grommets in the curtain. (Note: There might be a few extra carriers/hooks included in the package.)

  5. Slip the last two sections of track into place, and install as directed in Step 2. Tighten all screws.

  6. Attach the shower curtain to the hooks.



Oval Shaped Track Rod Installation

Oval shower rod installation example
  1. Slip the sections of the oval track together at the connectors and hold to the ceiling to see that it fits as desired.

  2. Hold two sections of track to the ceiling and mark the six holes on the ceiling. Take the track down and drill a 1/8" pilot hole at the marks for the drywall anchor and screw.

    • If the 1/8" drill hole hits a stud, no drywall anchor is needed and the mounting screw can be screwed directly into the stud at the pilot hole.
    • If the 1/8" drill hole does not hit a stud, drill a 1/4" hole through the drywall, then insert a drywall anchor into the 1/4" hole, tapping lightly with a hammer until it is flush with the ceiling.

  3. With the connectors in place, attach the two sections of track at the mounting holes with the screws provided. It is recommended you start with the center screw on each section, then add the screws at the connector. Do not tighten screws yet.

  4. Before attaching the remaining sections of track, insert the shower curtain carriers/hooks into the installed track. Make sure the number of hooks matches the number of grommets in the curtain. (Note: There might be a few extra carriers/hooks included in the package.)

  5. Slip the last two sections of track into place, and install as directed in Step 2. Tighten all screws.

  6. Attach the shower curtain to the hooks.



Neo-Angle Track Rod Installation

Neo-angle shower rod installation example
  1. Slip the sections of the neo-angle track together at the connector and hold to the ceiling to see that it fits as desired.

  2. Hold the track to the ceiling and mark the eight holes on the ceiling. Take the track down and drill a 1/8" pilot hole at the marks for the drywall anchor and screw.

    • If the 1/8" drill hole hits a stud, no drywall anchor is needed and the mounting screw can be screwed directly into the stud at the pilot hole.
    • If the 1/8" drill hole does not hit a stud, drill a 1/4" hole through the drywall, then insert a drywall anchor into the 1/4" hole, tapping lightly with a hammer until it is flush with the ceiling.

  3. Before attaching the track, insert the shower curtain carriers/hooks into the installed track. Make sure the number of hooks matches the number of grommets in the curtain. (Note: There might be a few extra carriers/hooks included in the package.)

  4. With the end caps in place, attach the track at the mounting holes with screws. It is recommended you start with the center screw, then add the screws at the connector and finally add the screws at the end caps.

  5. Attach the shower curtain to the hooks.




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