Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
There are enough diameters available to keep small or weak hands satisfied too smaller ones for hands that cant grip something so wide. Also available are colored rubber grips that you can attach to the grab bars and make it extra safe to hold on to. Depending on what your bathroom looks like you might think: "I dont want these ugly old grab bars in my bathroom! It will make the place look like a hospital room and I dont want that!" This is a fallacy. The bars come in shining stainless steel and white brushed nickel and old world bronze for that feel of home instead of the cold cruelty of a hospital room. The ends of the bars can be balls or ornate fixtures as well so you dont have to go pick out the standard just because it exists - there are plenty of items to choose from.
Its never a good idea to install a grab bar with out having sufficient backing behind the areas that you are planning on attaching them to. In other words if someone is going to install a grab bar theres a good chance that they are going to need to attach something to the exterior of the wall that will support the weight of an individual as they use them or someone will need to remove the drywall or plaster to install the proper wood supports. The main point that Im trying to make here is that most standard sized grab bars will not be able to be installed properly in most homes with out installing the proper packing first. When ever someone installs a grab bar incorrectly its going to create a safety hazard for anyone who uses it and applies enough pressure to it eventually.
When installing a grab bar with a suction base the user should; Ensure that it is mounted on a clean smooth flat non porous surface Make sure the handle is securely attached before use if it is loose reapply to the surface until firmly attached Do not place on cracked tiles uneven surfaces or over tile grout Grab bars with a suction base are usually not suitable for use on tiles smaller than 4.7inches x 4.7 inches or 12cm x 12cm. Installing a grab bar that requires screw fixing is a little more technical as solid fixing is required in the wall behind the bathroom linings. Some home owners have difficulty finding this solid fixing without damaging the wall finishes and it is recommended to employ a professional to carry out this type of installation also ensuring the correct and safe installation.