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Old 01-25-2008, 05:26 PM   #1
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Framing for bathtub safety bar


Has anyone here ever installed a safety bar in a bathtub/shower?

My wife and I are building two guest cottages on our property and thought this would be a good idea in the bathroom.

Is any special framing recommended i.e., double studs or a crossbeam?

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Yes, we have installed them; commercially and residentially.

You can install them into the studs, by placing them diagonally.
If you have access to the area, we prefer to to it the following way: Installing 2x6 or larger lumber on the flat, between the studs, in the regions that you will be placing the grab bars in.
This creates a surface to lag/screw your grab bar into. Please be aware of the required locations to install these. There are specific "spacial" areas.

Grab bars should come with fasteners that are acceptable to teh requirements to hold a minimum of 250 lbs.

Please acquaint yourself with the location requirements for grab bars (as well as the other requirements), based on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Helpful links:

http://www.personal.psu.edu/bec5008/Report.htm

http://www.rd.com/18089/article.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grab_bar

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Perfect! Thanks!
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While the walls are open, install a band of 2 X 8's on the flat around the perimeter of the tub and/or shower. Center it 38" above the floor, which will put it about 36" above the botom of the tub or shower. I also install a piece vertically in the wall with the shower/tub valves for the option of having a vertical bar located there for support when stepping into the tub or shower stall. Whle you are at it , install blocks for the screws at toilet paper holders and towel bar locations. There should be ample waste left over from the framing, and the time spent blocking for these accessories is much less than you will spend down the road repairing sheetrock damage from these items getting pulled off of the walls.
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While you are at it , install blocks for the screws at toilet paper holders and towel bar locations.
Excellent idea!
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