Safety grips


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Old 11-06-07, 07:27 AM
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Wink Safety grips

My wife has MS and we will be getting safety grips to install around the bath tub. Is there a code on how high they should be above the tub?
Is there away to install them without removing the wall covering, with no soild backing behind the wall?
I hope to install the safety grips on my own, any info will help.
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Old 11-06-07, 11:09 AM
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No pro but do you mean grab bars? I think this will help you out a bit in the meanwhile until someone better than I chimes in :

http://www.nkba.org/guidelines/bathroom_14.aspx
 
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Old 11-06-07, 12:08 PM
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DIT Addict: Thanks for the web site. This is what i was looking for. The bad news is, it looks like I'm going to have to open up the walls to get the needed support that the safety bars need.
 
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Old 11-06-07, 02:57 PM
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I was perusing some links looking for shower guards and came across this site:

http://www.shophometrends.com/category.asp_Q_c_E_210

They sell Bath Grips
http://www.shophometrends.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_606012

and Bathtub Grab Bars
http://www.shophometrends.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_301010

which might be a solution for you. You'd probably want to check what kind of load they can handle, but they might fit the bill.
 
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Old 11-06-07, 07:21 PM
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I've seen those suction grips. Considering I haven't been able to find a suction hook that won't eventually fall under the weight of a single washcloth, I'd be extremely cautious about those grips. I've seen some new hooks with indicators so you know when they're losing suction, but unfortunately re-pressing it against tile that has soap film isn't enough. You have to clean the tile and suction cups properly every so often. I'd stick with mechanical fasteners.

Note what it says about this grab bar:
Professional installation is required.
Sounds like a good idea.

Clamp-on bathtub rails like this are easier, but they serve a different purpose.
 
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Old 11-06-07, 07:35 PM
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Thank you for all the help....I've look at all the web site.
 
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Old 11-07-07, 04:00 AM
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Cableman, I am afraid, opening up the adjoining wall is your only solution for a horizontal grab bar in the tub/shower. It is the safest way to do it post construction. Suction cup type bars are a disaster waiting to happen. Whoever invented them should be hung upside down by one of them over an alligator pit. Solid attachment is the only way to go. Don't forget to add a couple of vertical ones just outside the tub/shower to assist the transition. Another good idea is to install one or more as towel holders. Just in case of a slip, they are handy, and firmly attached.
 
 

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