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Installing a Bathroom Grab Rail
Contractors install special bathroom fixtures and hardware, which have been specially designed for use by people with disabilities. The project house also gets a real lift in the form of an elevator. It's chain-driven and hidden in a closet, enabling a homeowner with disabilities to access the home's second floor.
- Part 1: Home Elevator Installation
- Part 2: Wheelchair-Accessible Toilet Installation
- Part 3: Installing a Bathroom Grab Rail
- Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley put up a grab bar in the bathroom to facilitate a wheelchair-bound person's maneuvering. A flange and lag bolts are used to secure the bar to the wall.
First, Bob Ryley uses a ratchet to make a round hole in the drywall. Then, he bolts the flange to the two-by-eights that have been fastened between the studs. Finally, the bar goes over the mounting flange and is screwed in.
Bob Ryley also installs a recessed, brushed-chrome toilet paper holder, a hinged vanity mirror, and a standard medicine chest.
This project follows an urban renewal story, involving grass-roots activism and affordable housing. Bob Vila reports on nine newly built three-bedroom homes, including one with accessibility for people with disabilities.
Also from Accessible Home
Bob introduces the nine-unit affordable housing project in Roxbury, MA, by touring the neighborhood with the community-based developers from Nuestra Comunidad CDC.<br> <br> Bob shows that here, as is often the case in urban construction projects, soil decontamination is taking place at the same time as foundation excavation.<br> <br> At another site, we meet Arnold Johnson and George Chin, contractors for the accessible hour the job, who show Bob around a unit that's already been framed.
Framing is underway on the unit of the Roxbury project that will be accessible for people with disabilities.<br> <br> George and Arnold (from Crosswinds Enterprises) explain the panelization process and what it takes to get the job done right with a building crew that's as culturally diverse as the community.<br> <br> On the roof, Jack Vieira installs asphalt shingles and flashing, while George installs special blocking inside that will be used to securely mount some safety handrails.
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