Differences Between Bar Abrasive and Full Abrasive Stair Treads

STN-Renovation-long-noseBabcock Davis Bar Abrasive and Full Abrasive Stair Treads provide extra safety on indoor or outdoor stairs where desired or required by code; but, which type should you choose for your project? Both Babcock Davis Bar Abrasive and Full Abrasive Stair Treads provide a non-slip surface for increased safety on stairs; however, Babcock Davis Full Abrasive Stair Treads increase the surface area of the aluminum oxide silicon carbide abrasive material. Babcock Davis Full Abrasive Stair Treads also comply with OSHA’s barrier free code requirement for stairs because of the solid, rounded edge abrasive nosings. Babcock Davis Bar Abrasive and Full Abrasive Stair Treads can both be installed on concrete poured, steel pan, terrazo, and wood stairs with the Babcock Davis Full Abrasive Stair Treads offering 6 different tread widths compared to the 3 tread widths available for Babcock Davis Bar Abrasive Stair Treads.
After you choose the Babcock Davis Stair Tread type that is required for your facility’s stairs, the next step is to select any enhancements you would like for the Babcock Davis Stair Treads. Options available are assorted color choices for the abrasive tread, photoluminescent treatment allowing the abrasive tread to glow in the dark, taped tops to protect the stair treads while building construction is ongoing, and painted undersides which will prevent a chemical reaction between the aluminum stair tread channel and the concrete stair.

ECA Drifter | Free Standing Power Charging Hub

The Drifter | Free Standing Charging Station, Power Outlets & Active USB Ports

  • 360º access to power outlets and USB charging ports
  • (3) 15A 120 volt tamper resistant power receptacles
  • (6) charging ports for USB compatible devices (USB rating: 2100 mA 5V/DC)
  • Available in Glossy Black, Glossy White, and Silver Pearl finishes
  • 108″ power cord with magnetic catch for storage
  • Measures 10″ diameter x 2.85″ tall
  • Weighs 6lbs
  • ETL listed
  • Price per unit

How To Choose a Babcock Davis/Arden Roll Up or Rigid Grate/Mat

Entrance-floor-matsBabcock Davis/Arden Roll Up and Rigid Grates/Mats are designed for strong support for commercial, multi-family, and residential entrances. The main question from specifiers is whether a roll up or rigid grate or mat is needed for their application. Let’s begin with Babcock Davis/Arden Roll Up Mats. Mats are not available in a rigid option; only in a roll up form. Roll Up Mats are lower profile, light duty entrance flooring systems that only support a rolling load of 300 lbs. per wheel and a uniform load of 50,000 lbs per square foot. Roll Up Mats can be easily rolled to access the frame underneath for cleaning. Roll Up Mats are ideal for single family homes, multi-family residence buildings, and small retail or grocery stores.

Babcock Davis/Arden Roll Up Grates offer the same rolling feature to access the frame underneath for cleaning like the Babcock Davis/Arden Roll Up Mats with greater weight support. Babcock Davis/Arden Roll Up Grates are medium duty entrance flooring systems that can support a rolling load of 1,000 lbs. per wheel and a uniform load exceeding 80,000 lbs. per square foot. Babcock Davis/Arden Roll Up Grates are ideal for use in office buildings, hotels, schools and universities, and churches.

Babcock Davis/Arden Rigid Grates are the heaviest duty entrance flooring systems ranging in depth from 15/32” – 1-3/4”. Rigid Grates can support a rolling load of 1,500 lbs. per wheel with a uniform load exceeding 80,000 lbs. per square foot. Babcock Davis/Arden Rigid Grates are best suited for airports, shopping malls, large distribution centers and warehouses, and large office towers.

The moisture absorbency and dirt removal ability of Babcock Davis Entrance Floor Grates and Mats is not determined by the Mat or Grate type that is selected, but by the tread that is chosen for your mat or grate. We’ll cover the tread options in a separate post since they are very in depth and varied.

Why Bobrick is the New Black

mfg-bobrickBobrick is a 100+ year old company that is a leader in the commercial bathroom accessories and toilet dividers market. By default, many planners and architects specify Bobrick products for their commercial bathroom projects. As the gold standard in the industry, they are the go to for bathroom accessories and toilet dividers in the U.S., Canada, and 85 international markets. Bobrick has strategically strengthened their hold on the market with their purchases of Koala Kare Products and GAMCO to cement their dominance in Division 10 bathroom accessories. Integrating Koala Kare Products into the Bobrick family of companies expanded Bobrick’s reach into the childcare accessories segment of the Division 10 commercial bathroom accessories market. Koala Kare Products’ high quality baby changing stations, child booster seats, diaper dispensers, and high chairs are a perfect complement to Bobrick bathroom accessories. Bobrick ‘s purchase of GAMCO not only opened up the lower end of the Division 10 bathroom accessories market to the company, but also gave them access to an established custom fabricator of stainless steel grab bars and stainless steel bathroom accessories with an assortment of plated and powder coated finishes. Bobrick’s dominance in the commercial bathroom accessories and toilet dividers market is unquestioned; but, these two strategic purchases make them a much more formidable force and a bigger draw for customer’s looking for a single source for high quality toilet dividers, bathroom accessories, and childcare accessories.

Bobrick’s potential for saving you time and money can be best described in a simple scenario. Say your company is charged with completing a fairly large bathroom renovation for a local university’s dormitories. They need bathroom accessories, toilet dividers, hand and hair dryers, baby changing stations for public bathrooms in the buildings lower level, and one bathroom will have all accessories plated in polished brass. To make the scenario even more complicated, the building also has two very large locker rooms that will require combination shower & dressing dividers and ADA shower dividers will need ADA compliant shower seats and grab bars. That sounds like a tall order and could be pretty daunting if you have to go to one manufacturer for bathroom accessories, a separate manufacturer for bathroom accessories plated in the finish you need, a third manufacturer for baby changing stations, and yet another supplier for toilet dividers and shower & dressing dividers. Take all those requirements and roll them up into a single quote request to a Bobrick dealer. You’ll have a complete quote for everything you need, a healthy discount for purchasing from one supplier, and your entire order delivered in one shipment. Working with the Bobrick family of companies means efficiency and cost savings in sourcing of materials for your project.

How To Install a Shower Seat Without Screws

988.76.499Installing a shower seat without screws makes the process considerably easier; but, is it a feasible prospect? Actually, it is and I will tell you the secret. There are two different types of shower seats that can be used that do not require screws: HEWI and PBA Hanging Shower Seats and Freestanding Shower Seats. TA DA! You probably weren’t expecting that were you? Just a little curve ball. HEWI Hanging Shower Seats and PBA Hanging Shower Seats are useful when you already have grab bars installed in your bath tub or shower area and you want to add seating for a disabled or elderly user. Properly installed grab bars can support upwards of 600 lbs. so the addition of a HEWI or PBA Hanging Shower Seat will not pose an issue. HEWI and PBA Hanging Shower Seats are only available in nylon which will be more comfortable for your user; but, will be much pricier than stainless steel. If considering HEWI or PBA Hanging Shower Seats for your project, make absolutely sure to budget properly so you don’t lose your shirt.

If a HEWI or PBA Hanging Shower Seat are not really your speed, but you still want a shower seat that can be used without a screw mount installation, then you can opt for a freestanding shower seat such as a HEWI LifeSystem Shower Stool or Bradley Solid Phenolic Bariatric Shower Seat. HEWI LifeSystem Shower Stools and Bradley Solid Phenolic Bariatric Shower Seats are simply placed on the floor in your shower or bath tub area for use. HEWI LifeSystem Shower Stools and Bradley Solid Phenolic Bariatric Shower Seats are provided with non slip feet to prevent injury in the shower. Only minor assembly is required to attach the legs to the seat. If you can assemble an IKEA side table, you can assemble a freestanding shower seat.

How to Select the Right Stainless Steel Grab Bar Flange

Showergrabbar800Choosing a flange for your stainless steel grab bar is not a difficult decision to make, nor is there necessarily a right or wrong flange to select; but, there are a few options that you should be aware of before making your final decision. The two most common flange types for stainless steel grab bars (and the two we list on our website) are the round concealed snap flange and the round exposed flange. The most obvious difference between these two stainless steel grab bar flanges is the appearance of the screw heads used to install them. Exposed flanges leave the screw heads exposed whereas concealed snap flanges come with a stainless cover to hide the screws. For some customers, visible screw heads are not an important consideration and the money saved by selecting exposed screws is worthwhile. The majority of customers, however, want a clean look with the screw heads concealed on their stainless steel grab bars. Whichever camp you fall into will determine which flange type you’ll select for your grab bar.

Aside from the common stainless steel grab bar flange types, there are the oval concealed snap flange, the oval exposed flange, and round concealed flange with tenon plate. The oval flanges are self explanatory and best used on narrow studs or posts or for decorative purposes; but, the flange you may not be familiar with is the round concealed flange with tenon plate. This flange comes in two pieces. There is a tenon plate that will mount directly to the wall with two screws. Once the tenon plate is installed, the stainless steel grab bar with flange cover is locked to the tenon plate with a set screw. This flange type is more relevant for installation in security areas or where vandalism would be an issue and security screws are not used for installation. The choice of flange type is not an option for stainless steel swing grab bars since they use a rectangular or square mounting plate for their installation.