Helpful Hints for Grab Bar Selection
Covered Screw vs. Exposed Screw
Choosing between a covered or flanged grab bar and an exposed screw Handlebar™ Grab Bars is an ascetic choice. If you like to see the screw heads choose an exposed screw item. If you prefer to hide the installation screws, purchase an item that has a cover flange. Once the Handlebar™ is installed the flange snuggly fits over the mounting area to conceal the screw heads. Both styles are ADA compliant when installed correctly.
Safety Grip vs. Non-Safety Grip
Safety Grip is a penned finish on the Stainless Steel Handlebar™ Grab Bars that makes them easier to hold on to. This finish can be especially helpful if the Handlebar™ Grab Bars is going to be installed in an area where it maybe wet, like a shower, or if the users hands maybe wet, like a bathroom. Non-Safety Grip Handlebar™ Grab Bars are simply smooth stainless steel. Both styles are ADA compliant when installed correctly.
Tools you will need to install a Grab Bar:
- Masonry Drill Bit (3/16”)
- Wood Drill Bit (5/32”)
- Masking Tape or Painters Tape
- Stud Finder (not necessary, but may be helpful)
- Taping the flanges together in the center of the bar will prevent them from sliding around during installation. This will protect the finish of the Grab Bar and also make installation easier.
- Taping a vertical line on your wall where the studs are will help you visualize where you would like to install your Grab Bar.
- Studs are usually 16” apart.
- Use the screws that grab-bar.com provides to install your new grab bar. They are stainless steel and will not rust.
- If the Grab Bar is for a child the 1 ¼” diameter will easier for them to grasp because of their hand size.