Grab Bars / Safety Rails Questions
What's the difference between Grab Bars and Safety Rails?
Nothing, the terms are interchangeable.
Where is the best location for my grab bar/safety rail?
When in doubt, always place the grab bar horizontal to the floor (typically 33-36" high) - this gives you the best support. Grab bars enable a person to maintain balance while standing or maneuvering, and helps mitigate slips and falls. Horizontal grab bars act like a shelf - all other installations will depend on your hand grip for holding your body weight. There have been instances when a grab bar was installed on an angle and individuals have injured their wrists trying to support their weight in a fall.
Why do you recommend bar diameters 1¼" - 1½"?
These dimensions have been taken from all railings (stairs, commercial, etc.). The idea is to give sufficient surface to grip and prevent injuries or damage from too thin a bar.
Why is there 1-½" space between the bar and the wall?
It's the ideal dimension. Any less and some people would not be able to fit their hand around the bar. Grab bars that extend off the wall more than 1½" are dangerous. If your hand and arm were to slip between the bar and the wall and you continued to fall, this could cause seriously injuries.
What finishes are available?
Our products are available in many different finishes including High Polished, Satin, Poly-Grip (Nylon), Diamond Knurled and Peened.
What are WINGITS®?
WINGITS® are a patented fastening system like no other in the world. They are highly engineered to extract the maximum force efficiencies from walls.
What makes it "The World's Strongest Fastener"?
Simply put, the WINGIT translates forces into compressive forces within itself and will not loosen over time.
What about humid / wet conditions?
The WINGIT is completely self-waterproofing as you install it, even over grout lines. We use 3M's best waterproofing material.
Which WINGIT should I use for my application?
For installing grab bars - most grab bars use the Standard Grab Bar WINGIT. Reverse Grab Bar WINGITS® are used commercially when using Stainless Grab Bars into 2" x 3" wall framing. Set Screw WINGITS® are only used with Set Screw Grab Bars (institutional).
Can I mount televisions with WINGITS?
There are three types of TV wall mounts - Low-Profile, Tilting and Full Motion. WINGITS® can be used on Low Profile and Tilting type wall mounts. The best installation would be to install screws into the wall stud and WINGITS® where there are no studs.
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Installing Grab Bars Questions
Can any Grab Bar work with WINGITS®?
No, many can though. Two considerations are the holes on the grab bar flange aligning with the holes on the WINGIT and the "snap-on" cover being deep enough to conceal the WINGIT. We recommend Bobrick commercial grab bars as well as our own extensive line of grab bars. If you have another make/model it is best to contact our customer service team at 877.894.6448 to verify compatibility.
How big of a hole do I need to install the Grab Bar WINGIT?
1.25" - don't worry it's all part of the engineering. If you are installing into ceramic wall tile or any difficult material, use our Apache drill bit (WA200GT54). The 1.25" hole is part of the structural integrity of the WINGIT. Remember that the WINGIT incorporates the best waterproofing material from 3M and even seals over grout lines.
How do I attach the grab bar to the WINGIT?
After being installed, the Grab Bar WINGIT's stainless faceplate is exposed from the wall. The faceplate has tapped holes and we supply stainless steel screws to attach the grab bar to our WINGIT. When using our grab bars only two screws are required per flange.
What wall substrates can the WINGIT be used in?
The WINGIT can be used in:
• All Ceramic Tile
• All Faux Marble, acrylic or other types of laminates over drywall
• Plaster & Lathe
• Masonry Boards
• Plain drywall, minimum 5/8" thickness
• One piece tub surrounds @ 1/4" thickness - others will hold but flexing would need to be avoided by placing the grab bar where the surround makes a shape (for stability)
How do I make sure I avoid the wall stud when installing the WINGIT?
Use "stud finders" or look at the opposite side of the wall. When you are not positive of where the stud is, drill a pilot hole then insert an 'L' shaped wire. Twirl the wire and make sure you don't hit an obstruction. If you do hit the wall stud, then just move over up to 1" and install the WINGIT. The WINGIT will actually seal the initial pilot hole!
What if I have more questions?
FPlease feel free to call us toll free at 877.894.6448 or email us at email@example.com.