Installing 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.
Choosing 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 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.
The diameter of a grab bar is important when choosing which size you want to install in your toilet compartment or residential bathroom; however, some purchasers do not know which size is best. Let’s begin by detailing the diameters available for grab bars. Stainless Steel Grab Bars are available in 1”, 1-1/4”, and 1-1/2” diameters whereas Nylon Grab Bars are available in 1-5/16” for HEWI and 1-7/16” for PBA. For the sake of argument, and for simplicity of explaining the different diameters, the HEWI Nylon Grab Bars will fall into the 1-1/4” diameter faction and the PBA Nylon Grab Bars will fall into the 1-1/2” diameter faction. Now, to tell you that grab bar diameter choice falls to personal preference is a little too simplistic. Especially when considering an ADA Compliant Toilet Compartment that will be used by many different people of varied tastes in grab bar diameters. First, you must be aware that ADA guidelines require a minimum 1-1/4” grab bar diameter for use in commercial ADA compliant spaces. That means the special 1” diameter grab bars, which are only available in stainless steel mind you, can only be used for non-regulated residential uses. I say non-regulated because while elderly or disabled individuals may live in a nursing home, the resident bathrooms must still comply with ADA guidelines. Your personal bathroom in your home or condo can utilize a smaller 1” diameter grab bar if desired.
Team 1-1/4” diameter and Team 1-1/2” diameter each have their benefits. The 1-1/4” diameter is a great option for users with smaller hands, particularly in ADA Compliant Toilet Compartments in elementary schools or where children are the primary users. 1-1/2” diameter grab bars are not only more comfortable for those with larger hands, but also for those who cannot tightly grasp the grab bar because of arthritis or other hand related maladies. A 1-1/2” grab bar provides more surface area for the hand to grab reducing strain on joints. The ¼” difference between the two grab bar diameters may seem irrelevant, but holding each of the grab bars makes very clear how different they are. By default, most commercial purchasers select the 1-1/2” diameter grab bar which is perfectly fine. It is ADA compliant and will appeal to many users; but, taking into consideration the majority of users of the grab bars you will be installing and their taste preference does not hurt either.
When installing grab bars in a restroom for children, the mounting height will not be the same as a standard adult restroom. Single toilet rooms and ADA toilet compartments designed for children in preschools, elementary schools, and day care centers are scaled down for their smaller stature. Obviously, mounting a grab bar at 33” above the finished floor (aff), which is standard for adults, would be too high for small. ADA grab bar mounting heights for children are unique in that there are three grab bar mounting height ranges that correspond to the age and average height of the child. The ADA grab bar mounting heights are:
• Ages 3 and 4: For children in this age range, the toilet is required to have a height of 11” – 12” and have a centerline of 12” from the side wall or panel closest to the toilet. The grab bars will be mounted between 18” – 20” aff.
• Ages 5 through 8: For children in this age range, the toilet is required to have a height of 12” – 15” and have a centerline of 12” – 15” from the side wall or panel closest to the toilet. The grab bars will be mounted between 20” – 25” aff.
• Ages 9 through 12: For children in this age range, the toilet is required to have a height of 15” – 17” and have a centerline of 15” – 18” from the side wall or panel closest to the toilet. The grab bars will be mounted between 25” – 27” aff.
These guidelines apply to stainless steel grab bars or nylon grab bars that are installed in an ADA compliant toilet compartment for children or an ADA compliant single toilet room for children. The type and quality of the grab bars do not need to change; however, a smaller diameter grab bar such as 1-1/4” would be recommended for smaller hands and is the minimum diameter permitted by ADA.
Adding a textured grip to stainless steel grab bars will improve the safety of users when holding a stainless steel grab bar. Stainless steel grab bars when mounted properly on your wall or floor will support a substantial amount of weight; however, if the user cannot properly grip the grab bar because of its smooth surface, the weight capacity of the stainless steel grab bar is irrelevant. A textured grip on a stainless steel grab bar is particularly useful for the elderly or those that do not have a sufficiently strong grip for holding the stainless steel grab bar. There are a few different types of stainless steel textured grips to choose from, each with their own benefits.
• Peened Safety Grip: The peened safety grip is the most common textured safety grip for stainless steel grab bars. The peened safety grip texture is similar to fine grit sandpaper. It’s not overly coarse, but it does improve the grip for stainless steel grab bar users.
• Knurled Safety Grip: The knurled safety grip is a very coarse texture that is cut in a diamond pattern on the stainless steel grab bar. This safety grip type may be overly aggressive for sensitive hands, but provides a more effective grip for the stainless steel grab bar.
• Ripple Grip Safety Grip: The ripple grip (aka Shur-Grip) safety grip has a look and texture similar to reptile scales. The texture of the ripple grip safety grip falls between the peened and knurled safety grips. It is not too aggressive for sensitive hands, but provides an effective gripping surface. The appearance of the ripple grip texture provides an attractive aesthetic for the stainless steel grab bar.
All three grab bar textures are available on Brushed Satin Stainless Steel Grab Bars, Polished Stainless Steel Grab Bars, Brass Plated Stainless Steel Grab Bars, and Powder Coated Stainless Steel Grab Bars. You will be able to have an improved, textured grip on your stainless steel grab bar no matter what finish or configuration you need. Textured finishes can also be used for stainless steel grab bars in ADA compliant restrooms and public spaces.
Stainless steel grab bar installation doesn’t have to be difficult. Anyone from an IKEA do-it-yourselfer to a professional contractor will have no trouble securely installing a stainless steel grab bar. Whether you are installing a stainless steel toilet grab bar or a stainless steel bath tub grab bar, the first thing you will want to do is locate the studs behind the wall. If you will not be able to mount all the flanges of your grab bar into a stud, you will want to use a Wingit fastener in your installation – more on that little miracle later. With a pencil, lightly mark the location of the center and edges of each stud. You may want to utilize a stud finder to help you locate the studs behind the wall and a finishing nail to probe for the edges of the studs.
Next, place your stainless steel grab bar with the flanges positioned over your studs so that at least two screw holes on your mounting flange meet your studs. Mark each screw hole with a pencil. After you have marked your screw holes, drill a 1/8” hole into the marked center of the studs. If you hit solid wood, then continue to drill your other screw holes. When all your screw holes have been drilled, position your stainless steel grab bar on your wall and screw it into place. To make sure your stainless steel grab bar is secure, give it a strong tug to make sure it does not pull away from the wall. You have now successfully installed your stainless steel grab bar.
For those of you who will not hit a stud behind the wall, you will love the stainless steel grab bar Wingit. The Wingit is a cinch to use and provides strong support for stainless steel grab bars. All that’s needed is a 1.25” hole drilled into the wall for each of your stainless steel grab bar mounting flanges. When properly installed, Wingits provide enough support to withstand an 800 lbs. downward force. Now that’s strength.