Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
If you are able to get something nice that will add value to your home why not pick one up and try it? Grab bars are simple to find. You can pick them up in a number of styles at your local hardware or home improvement store. You may also order them online as well. Holding dead weight up to two hundred and fifty pounds one or two should be all that you need to accent your home and provide independence where assistance would otherwise be needed. These priceless items will add the safety of stability and the beauty of your decorating tastes to your home or bathroom and will not cost you an arm and a leg. We are a home safety modification company run by a therapist team. Our team has installed thousands of wheel chair ramps nj and renovated hundreds of bathrooms to meet the unique needs of our handicap clients. We also installed Electric stair lifts to give the user back their independence and freedom.
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.
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.