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Unread 01-08-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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Grab bars

For everyone building a new shower or tub walls . Don't forget your blocking for future grab bars . If you never need them installed ,Great . Just good insurance if you were to ever need them . Before I will close in a wall I will do a sketch of the studs and blocking , this is put in a plastic envelope and taped inside the sink cabinet so its handy . You can't use it if you cant find it .
Put a shower in this year for a nice lady who is flying home Sunday from Utah skiing , and broke a hip Ouch
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Unread 01-08-2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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Also near the toilet. We all get old if we're lucky. I took pictures of all the walls before I closed them in so I know where the blocking is. Printing a copy to keep in the room is a good idea.
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I build blocking into every shower that I build. Even if my customers dont ask for or want grab rails the blocking is still there. It is part of my shower basic bid. PERIOD !!!


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Hammy, I agree. Need to let the client know it's there, why and how it is of benefit to them or a future homeowner. It's cheap, good PR and ultimately good works if someone needs it.
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I offer to install blocking, even if they don't want a grab bar at present. I then take digital photos of the blocking, measured down from the ceiling and measured over from whatever vertical feature which is most likely to remain constant. This way there is a reliable map of the blocking location, which I can then give to the client so that grab bars can be added any time in the future.
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I like putting in blocking for future use, as well. Put that "map of the framing" in a heavy zip-lock bag along with your business card, and tack that to the inside side of the vanity cabinet where it can't get lost.


Tammara, how could she break her hip skiing in that light, powdery Utah snow?
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Bubba, ziplock idea.
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I'm with Hammy on this one.

I also do the ziploc baggie thing and also include the parts and wrenches that come with the shower faucet and such so the HO will know what the plumbing model numbers, suppliers, and have the exact size allen wrench when it comes time to make repairs.

I staple the zip lock to the underside of the cabinet behind the trap so it isn't in the way.
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When the blocking get's used eventually, how does that affect the waterproofing? For example on a kerdi shower, how do you maintain the seal?
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What height and location are you all installing the backing for the future grab bar in both shower only and tub applications?
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The standard height for ADA grab bars is between 32 and 36 inches AFF (above the finished floor height, or the bottom of your tub, or shower floor)

Treat the holes in the waterproofing like any other drilled holes;
1- blow out any dust from the drilling
2- insert a healthy goober of 100% silicone
3- attach grab bar as usual
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Thanks Paul, I suspected that was the protocol, but it's good to have for reference.
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Paul,
You use silicone and not urethane?
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I center my blocking 60" down from a standard 8' ceiling. Makes it easy to remember. Drill the holes, fill them with silicone and insert screws.

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