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.

How To Measure Dimensions for Toilet Stalls

TP_IC4RADAx730How to measure dimensions for toilet stalls is relatively simple when measuring an empty restroom for new toilet stalls. Measuring dimensions for toilet stalls that need to be an exact replacement for your existing toilet stalls is a bit more involved; but, we will go over it in this post. First and foremost, how to measure dimensions for toilet stalls has nothing to do with your toilet centerlines. The toilet centerline is important when you need to ensure the toilet in your ADA toilet stall is the proper distance from the wall. It’s also used by plumbers when installing your toilets, not for toilet stalls. When measuring dimensions for toilet stalls, it’s best to start with the width of the toilet stall. So you will begin measuring the width of the empty space in your restroom where the toilet stalls will be installed. Once you take your measurements you’ll now have to determine the dimensions you’ll need for each stall. How to determine the dimensions you’ll need is easier when you first subtract the required dimensions for your ADA toilet stall from the overall dimensions for the space. Let’s say that you have a 132” span in your restroom for your toilet stalls and there will be three toilet stalls in your restroom. Your ADA toilet stall needs to be 60”W X 60”D leaving you with 72” for your remaining two stalls. If you divide that remaining space evenly, then each standard toilet stall will measure 36”W. Now the depth of standard stalls does not have to be the same depth as your ADA toilet stall; however, for the comfort of users, we recommend that you make all toilet stalls 60”D if space allows.

How to measure the dimensions for toilet stalls that need to be an exact match to what exists in your restroom starts the same way as what I have listed above. Now you need to follow those dimensions up with dimensions for your existing doors, panels, pilasters, and hardware. This method is a lot more involved, but is a necessary evil to ensure that you receive toilet stalls in the proper dimensions and save you frustration in your install. Now that you know how to measure dimensions for toilet stalls, let’s follow up with how to enjoy them. Naw, I think I can skip that. I’m sure you all are very savvy at using a toilet stall. Just don’t let any construction workers or anyone with explosive you know what use them. Your toilet stalls will never be the same again. Trust me, I know from experience. Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen in toilet stalls. The horror burns my eyes even now. Anyway, take those measurements for your toilet stalls. As you see, it’s really not a difficult task and will make your installation run much more smoothly.

Reinforced Toilet Divider Panels for Grab Bar Installation

2StallsIC2LReinforced toilet divider panels offer necessary support for panel mounted toilet grab bars. Not all ADA toilet compartments will have the ideal setup with the toilet situated in a corner with existing walls to the side and rear of the toilet. In ADA toilet divider stallADA toilet divider stall set ups where the toilet divider stalls are freestanding or the toilet is situated closest to the divider panel and not the wall, the grab bar will need to be installed on the divider panel. For such situations, you will need internal reinforcement in the panel to facilitate installation of the grab bar. This internal reinforcement provides a clean look and strong support for installation of the grab bar. Internal reinforcement is only available for newly constructed toilet divider panels; but, there is also a retrofit option for grab bar reinforcement on the toilet divider panel.

If you have existing toilet divider panels in your restroom that you would like to mount grab bars onto, you will need a retrofit plate for installation of the grab bar. This will require that you drill one or three holes (depending on which retrofit plate you use) through the divider panel. Once the grab bar is screwed in place, it will be secure on the divider panel and ready for use. There will be a visible mounting plate in the neighboring stall; however, vandalism will not be an issue. Grab Bar reinforcement, both internal and retrofit, is only available for Baked Enamel or Stainless Steel Divider panels. As an alternative, you can also opt for a wall to floor mounted grab bar next to the toilet. Check with your local inspector first to make sure this meets ADA requirements in your area. There are overarching Federal guidelines for ADA compliant spaces, but localities can and do make modifications that are more stringent.