A Grab Bar can Hold Towels but a Towel Bar Cannot Hold Grabs!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty

A Grab Bar can Hold Towels but a Towel Bar Cannot Hold Grabs!

This is a very good grab bar which can be placed in many different areas. The most popular is the bath room where most accidents occur. No reason why this grab bar could not be used to hang towels..maybe even a magazine. One thing for sure it is sturdy enough for a person to hold onto and, if necessary, lift themselves up. Notice it is screwed into the ceramic tile not glued on.

 

                       Grab Bar-HomeRome 410-530-2400

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Another grab bar is placed vertical and next to a hand held shower. This could hold a wash cloth and it can definitely hold the bather. Sideways or straight up, this is a very sturdy device and much needed for  safety.

 

                                                   Grab Bar-HomeRome 410-530-2400   

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Take a look at this bar below. It is pretty standard towel bar and it can hold  towels for many years. The ends are attached with grout and the bar is an easily replaced plastic square tube, light in weight.

Can you imagine if someone needed to support themselves and grabbed this kind of bar?

It might hold in the beginning but this is an accident waiting to happen.

                                Towel Bar -HomeRome 410-530-2400

                                 A Grab Bar can Hold Towels but a Towel Bar Cannot Hold Grabs!

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Cheryl Brewer
Mike Bowman - Grapevine, TX
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I think I broke on of those when I was a kid hanging on to it. Either that of my mom screaming at me not to swing from it. That brings back old memories.

Mar 23, 2011 12:31 AM #1
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Fred Griffin
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Margaret, you make such a great point about Safety, and even about Liability.

In my home, the towel bars are firmly secured through the tiles into the wall studs or framework (yes, I paid a carpenter a pretty penny to do this).

Whether a person is simply yanking a towel from the rod, or perhaps they slip and grab the bar for support, the poorly secured rod in your example is going to come off the wall.

Mar 23, 2011 12:45 AM #2
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Gary Woltal
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Very good point Margaret in building a bathroom where someone might need a REAL grab bar.

Mar 23, 2011 01:03 AM #3
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Christine Hooks
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Margaret, you never cease to amaze me.  Who would think to write about such a thing as 'grab bars', but how very helpful this info is.  I have to admit that I have entered into the phase of my life that I have to be careful of 'falls'.

You're the best!

Mar 23, 2011 01:48 AM #4
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After numerous towel bars being ripped from the wall, we finally had grab bars installed in my parents house...........in spite of all of the protesting they did..............after all, they didn't need them.  One too many times of the paramedics lifting one of them off the floor............the guys we later referred to as Mickey's "boyfriends"..............only after T was gone of course. T is what Mickey called my Dad.

Mar 23, 2011 06:06 AM #5
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Roger, People usually do protest  grab bars, but never really nice towel holders. They should be mandatory in bathrooms. Sounds like this could be a business for some entrepreneur.

Chris, Falls do not discriminate about age. We all need to think safety in our home.

Gary,Real grab bars seem to make sense in all homes. Double duty bars could help cut down on numerous injuries.

Fred, We as Realtors® have the opportunity to point out these hazards to our clients.

Cheryl, You have made a good point. Many towel bars "look" sturdy enough for swinging...but we know differently.

 

 

 

Mar 23, 2011 06:17 AM #6
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Mitch Gover
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So... chin-ups are a no-no on a towel bar? 

Mar 23, 2011 09:14 AM #7
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Tish Lloyd
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I always point this out to my new construction people -- great awareness; thanks.

Mar 23, 2011 10:21 AM #8
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Mitch, That would be correct!

Tish, You are on top of things!

 

Mar 23, 2011 12:25 PM #9
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Kevin J. May
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Margaret, great title for what may be considered by some a necessary evil.  I find myself reaching now and then for something a lot sturdier than the "towel bar" also.   

Mar 23, 2011 01:51 PM #10
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Kevin, Be careful what you reach for! Make sure it is sturdier than a towel bar.

Mar 23, 2011 03:26 PM #11
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Jack Mossman - The Nines Team in Stockton
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Margaret - This is one of the things to consider when buying a home you plan to "age" in.  There are a number of design features that offer both safety and mobility features ... like the heighth of the light switches and wall plugs.  The first a little lower, the second a little higher ... and without any real consideration ... a wheelchair accessible feature.  Thanks for sharing ...

Mar 23, 2011 10:56 PM #12
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Jack, This makes so much sense to build these accessible features in all homes. Safe and mobile features don't add much to the cost when done in the beginning. They can make it a forever home. Thanks for your insight.

 

Mar 23, 2011 11:05 PM #13
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Excellent points! We think these are only important for specific people but we never know when we'll need this assistance and it would be nice to have it already installed.  Our towel bar in the guest bathroom barely holds the towels so it definitely wouldn't help me out :-)

Mar 25, 2011 08:09 AM #14
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Dr.Stacey, Careful with that guest bath towel bar.

 

Mar 25, 2011 09:18 AM #15
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