Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
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.
This is an option to consider when necessary but the best way at all possible is use the studs as first choice. Many bars are installed at an angle to match up with the studs in addition to horizontal and vertical and still will allow versatility for the user. If you are in a remodel situation and have removed the old tub or shower and have the walls open then that would be the time to put in pre-placed 2x6 or 8 blocking between studs for exact placement of bars later just a little planning ahead for placement will make for proper safe installation when finishing the project. Just be sure to write down measurements in order to locate the blocks later for easier installation. So many repair and specialty items are now available to us than used to be with a little direction and the right tools you can also do this job yourself.
Nobody wants to be in a position where they need to rely on a safety grab bar but its always better to be prepared and have your bathroom equipped with adequate safety equipment. Use at Least 3 Grab Bars for Maximum Safety and Convenience If you want to make your bathroom the safest it can be you should use a combination of grab bars textured floor surfaces and shower seats/bath lifts to reduce the risk of falling. But there are ways you can maximize the effectiveness of grab bars alone- you just need to position them properly. You should begin by having one grab bar outside the bathtub or shower where you or your loved one undresses before bathing.