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.
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.
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.