Handicap Bars / August 3, 2018 / Anna Manna.
ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant bars are the only ones to use and are available most anywhere and are fairly simple to install when following the instructions provided with no shortcuts to ensure a proper installation. When installed properly they are rated to withstand a 500 lbs. pull. Most bars come in various lengths from 12 to 48 inches for the straight ones to ones that have right angles and even ones that can be custom made if you have an unusual or specific install situation. Diameters are 1 1/2 (commercial) and 1 1/4 inch with 1 1/2 inch clearance between bar and surface. The 1 1/4 inch diameter is ample for any residential use.
With the bars installed in the bathroom they can offer some degree of safety measure for protection against accidents like falls on a wet and slippery floor. The installation of the shower bars needs some consideration as one needs to identify the places where they should be installed. There are two basic types of shower grab bars available in the market. The first is the traditional one whereas the other is the portable one. The traditional grab bars are screwed permanently in one area. They are usually installed in places where the handicapped will most likely to need it most such as the bath tub the shower and toilet areas. The portable style one comes with suction that allows the person using it to take it anywhere for support.
Determining if you need a smooth or textured grip Identifying the length of the bar - these units can vary in length from 24" to up to 54" long. Consider looks and style -function is important - a stylish design combined with function is even better. Determine if you would prefer a healthier product- Some bars are made with Saniguard to reduce the risk of bacteria mold and mildew. Step 2 - Design in safety for new home or remodeling project - If youre building new or remodeling now is a fantastic time to plan for your future needs. When the project is in the rough framing stage add wood backing in places where you think you might need some type of support in the future.
Grab bars are bars that you install in your shower or bathroom to help you move around. You can find them readily in handicapped bathroom stalls or in clinics and hospitals. There are several advantages of getting a few of these installed in your home. For one it will help you safely move around your bathroom as getting in and out of the shower can sometimes be a hassle. If you have weak knees they will take some of the pressure off of rising from the commode. If you simply need something to lean on these grab bars will provide just that and best of all they can go just about anywhere where there is a wall to hang them on. As a body gets older it starts to slow down and move a little differently.