Grab Bars

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• Grab Bars in Ceramic Tile Showers

- John P. Bridge

There comes a time when all of us get a little unsteady while using the shower or tub and feel the need for something to hang onto. And, of course, there are those whose afflictions or handicaps limit their agility. Heavy-duty grab bars, while not a cure-all, are the obvious answer.

In the past, choices in grab bars were few, but that is no longer the case. Besides the traditional stainless steel (institutional-looking) type of bar, decorator bars are available in a variety of colors and shapes. A good selection is available at such places as Home Depot, Lowes and other home centers.

If you live in the west part of the Houston area, I will install your grab bar(s) free of charge. It’s one of the little things I do to try to worm my way into heaven. Buy your bar, bring it home and give me a call. You can also email me here or anywhere on the site.

Although my aim is altruistic, there is an ulterior motive. I know that someday either you or one of your friends or family members will require the paid services of someone like me. It’s extremely likely that you will remember me and recommend me. So please don’t feel bashful about calling me and requesting this valuable and free service.

Warning: Grab bars must support a considerable load stress ( much more than your body weight). If your shower has nothing more than sheetrock behind the tiles, it may not be sturdy enough to support a grab bar. This is not usually the case, but it’s a possibility. I’m telling you this now because I don’t want to disappoint you later. And I would not want you to think I’m merely trying to sell you on building a new shower. Believe me, that is not the case. I want your business, but not as much as I want your goodwill.

Warning No. 2: If you allow me to sit down at your kitchen table, I will talk your ears off for at least half an hour about every subject under the sun, and I might even end up selling you on the idea of a new shower.

4/7/2011 — In 2006 I “retarred” and no longer do tile showers for pay. Instead I make a living from my web site and from writing books and articles. Since I can do that from anywhere, I like to spend at least six months a year RVing around the country. I will still install a grab bar for you free of charge when I’m in town, though. I’ll still sit down at your kitchen table and bend your ear. I’ll tell you about all the wonderful places I’ve been and seen in the most beautiful continent in the world — North America.

Email if you need my services. I spend winters in the Houston area:

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