Sunday, February 27, 2011

How 'Bout Some Extra Support

I'm quickly learning that this item is already wildly popular. It’s the Easy Install Bath Safety Bar. Unlike standard bath grab bars, this one uses strong suction to hold itself to the wall, bathtub, or whatever surface you put it on. 

This ease of installation makes it seemingly ideal for use when installation of standard grab bars seems difficult or impossible. However, the manufacturer does say that these are for use in place of regular grab bars, but as a supplement to them. What does this mean? Well, if you have a grab bar, this can be used to give you an additional hand-hold while getting into and out of the tub. 

Now, in my non-scientific testing, I have learned that you can only get the bar to stick if the suction cups on both end can be completely on a non-porous smooth surface. So if you have the bar set up between two tiles in a tiled wall, It won’t stick. If you can get it on its own tile, it sticks pretty well.  If you have a smooth surface you can attach the bar to, then this may be something for you. 

Some of the bars have indicators that tell you when it’s got a good hold on the wall.  The bars vary in size and also in price. I’ve seen them for as little as $14 to as much as $40. They are also available from a number of manufacturers and a number of stores.  If you’re not sure if one of these quick attach bars is for you, borrow ours and try it out. As with anything, if you don’t feel comfortable trying the bars out, by all means don’t!

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