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TipsMcStagger

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It's been my experience with Kohler stuff is that they are much less forgiving on mounting stuff. FOr example, some of their body sprays require the distance to be within 1/16" to fit properly.

Keep the instruction sheet...Kohler changes things frequently, and identifying any repair/replacement part you may need can be really tough to identify without it.

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It's been my experience with Kohler stuff is that they are much less forgiving on mounting stuff. FOr example, some of their body sprays require the distance to be within 1/16" to fit properly.

The hydrorail is not one of those. I've installed dozens of them and they have a lot of adjustability built into their written instructions.. and you can fudge things a bit too if you're creative. I install enough of the Kohler Hydrorails that I have a few of the odd sized nipples in stock.

https://terrylove.com/forums/index.php?threads/kohler-k-45904-hydrorail-installation.84672/

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I travel for a living. I just stayed in a hotel that coincidentally has Kohler HydroRail fixtures installed.

The pictures illustrate the importance of using the correct type of wall anchors. It was like this when I checked-in.

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Funny what happens when you own a Thing, you see that Thing everywhere.

When I isntall these, I have plywood flush with the face of the studs that I can drill regular short (enuf) screws into rather than anchors. But retrofitting, you're going to be at the mercy of whatever.. I generally can find backing that the drop ear is attached to with some 4" screws.

My last choice is to drill for toggles.
 

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I'm traveling but the girlfriend sent this pic; the Super installed the HydroRail today and apparently, had no issues.

And thanks for identifying the valve body as the Atrio. That made it much easier to determine we needed a 47050000 cartridge. Replacing the cartridge, as expected, has resolved the temp control issue.

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