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Username Post: Bath tub safety handle        (Topic#358376)
2blu52 
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10-09-19 08:53 AM - Post#2777460    

Since it is my belief that the greatest minds ever ,frequent this site I have an unusual question. I recently purchased a safety handle for the bathtub. It is in addition to one I have had for several years. (old age catching up)Both are held in place with vacuum cups. The new one hung in place for about two weeks and then started coming loose and falling into the tub. The new one is hung on an outside wall, and temperatures have been changing up and down for about the same time as the handle started coming loose The outside wall is a 2x8 insulated wall. Could the changes in temperature be causing the handle to come loose?

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monty56 
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10-09-19 11:44 AM - Post#2777479    
    In response to 2blu52

Those handles rely on vacuum and since no surface is completely smooth the small marks on the wall will let air in eventually. althoug temp changes could have an effect as well. Just set up a schedule to refasten weekly or?

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56sedandelivery 
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10-09-19 11:52 AM - Post#2777480    
    In response to 2blu52

Harbor Freight items? I ask because I have 4 of them, and they occasionally come loose, and sometimes fall off on their own; other times they come off in my hand. For those reasons, I always check them before actually "using them". I think they're just typical, Chinese made/copied, merchandise. I clean the wall, and the suction cups, use a little soap film on them, and stick them to the enclosure; they seem to stay on longer that way. These things were originally copied from the ones used to handle/carry sheet glass, but those go on/off, and are't left in place for very long. You'd think they'd make tub/shower enclosures with attached hand holds. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
2blu52 
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10-09-19 03:21 PM - Post#2777490    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

Neither are from Harbor freight but who knows what quality they are. I will try the soap film. Wetting it does not do the job.

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Mick53 
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10-10-19 06:51 PM - Post#2777608    
    In response to 2blu52

clean the wall and try a very thin coat of silicon.



 
tommy49 
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10-11-19 08:36 AM - Post#2777650    
    In response to 2blu52

I can't image relying on suction cup safety handles. Sounds like an oxymoron item.

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2blu52 
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10-11-19 10:18 AM - Post#2777661    
    In response to tommy49

  • tommy49 Said:
I can't image relying on suction cup safety handles. Sounds like an oxymoron item.


You have to be ware of what you have for sure!

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tommy49 
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10-11-19 11:02 AM - Post#2777667    
    In response to 2blu52

  • 2blu52 Said:
  • tommy49 Said:
I can't image relying on suction cup safety handles. Sounds like an oxymoron item.


You have to be ware of what you have for sure!



kind of hard when you're on your way down!


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55Redneck 
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10-11-19 12:21 PM - Post#2777670    
    In response to 2blu52

Blu, if you are using this as a grab handle I would be very very careful. Suction cup grab bar sounds to me like a broken hip or tail bone waiting to happen. In my 3 decades of installing tile, if the customer wants a grab handle installed in their bath tub enclosure there is usually a piece of 2x6 bracing screwed in between the wall studs so when the grab bar is installed after the tile is done there is something solid to anchor it to. I'll say it again, be very careful when grabbing that suction cup dealy my friend, we wouldn't want to hear about you hurting yourself.

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2blu52 
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10-11-19 04:08 PM - Post#2777685    
    In response to 55Redneck

Caution is the word. Double check going in and coming out.

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someotherguy 
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10-12-19 05:25 AM - Post#2777714    
    In response to 2blu52

I think what Mark is suggesting is that even if the suction cup holds, the tile may not!

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tommy49 
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10-12-19 05:59 AM - Post#2777717    
    In response to 2blu52

  • 2blu52 Said:
Caution is the word. Double check going in and coming out.



Suction safety handle = tie wrap rappelling carabiner.


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black95jimmy 
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10-13-19 10:31 AM - Post#2777782    
    In response to tommy49

I install grab bars and use these bolts:

https://www.amazon.com/TOGGLER-SNAPTOGGLE-Zi nc-Pla...

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