Grab Bars / July 22, 2018 / Daria Lori
This planning will allow you to add decorative safety rails down the road and will maximize the amount of support this bar will provide. Step 3 - Consider the weight capacity required and where youll want additional support- How much do the people weigh who will be using the bathroom/shower space? The weight capacities of these decorative units can range between 250 and 350 pounds. In addition youll want to consider where youll want (either now or in the future) this additional support. If youre looking inside a tub/shower area you can use bath accessories like soap dishes corner shelves around the bath/shower valves and grab bars to add more support.
Some safety bars are fold away in function particularly ones meant for use around toilets which then gives the option for either use depending upon who needs the bar or not and there are smaller more temporary installations that clamp on the side of a bathtub to assist with getting in and out. The most important rule to follow in a permanent installation is that any safety grab bar must be attached to a wood wall stud or a pre-placed interior wall block 2 x 6 or 8. Common wall anchors or molly bolts are not acceptable and could just be a problem and or worse yet an injury later. After saying all that I know there is a wall anchor out there that meets mounting standards and is called Toggler I have personally never used any of these but they are supposed to be acceptable for mounting grab bars when no stud in the wall is available in the position needed.
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.