Grab Rails / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
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.
The most common grab bar that you will find on the market is a standard bar that is made of stainless steel. There are plenty of sizes for you to choose from. Starting out as small as twelve inches these bars are handy additions to any kind of shower. If you need a bigger one you can find them up to six feet depending on your needs. For showers the recommended length is twelve to eighteen inches although larger can be more beneficial. Again it is all in what the user needs. While some attach directly to the wall by their own two ends others come on a single bar that attaches to the shower and a grab handle protrudes from that. There are even grab bars that are designed to wrap around corners and provide complete safety coverage.
Bathroom grab bars are highly beneficial to elderly people as it gives support to move around without falling or slipping. It is also useful to people with movement disabilities as maneuvering around the restroom or bathroom can prove to be dangerous without proper support. Grab bars or hand rails are quite useful to people who lack the ample amount of strength to move around. It can also be fixed in different parts of the house to move around efficiently. Significance and Installation: Usually bathroom grab bars are installed in places which are used by the differently abled. These hand rails act as safety devices which can be used by weak and handicapped people to move around safely.