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    Default Another grab bar question: slickness.

    I am concerned about slickness, especially the ones in the shower.

    I don’t know if some are less slick, etc. any comments?

    Was originally going with chrome to match chrome bathroom fixtures. But it seems like Peened is the way to go. It is a bit textured, and looks like the ones I use in public stalls.

    I wonder how slick the chrome is. I prefer the look, but not if it doesn’t function as well.
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    I didn't know what a "peened" bar looked like, so I looked on Amazon. The only difference I saw was they weren't round, but had a flattened outside face, and not totally round. Is that what a "peened" bar means?
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    "Peened" is mentioned as a type of finish for the flip-up grab bar you mentioned in the earlier thread. I'm pretty sure it's a slightly textured finish or else it's what Howie says but you can chat with someone at the Website to ask. I'd be interested in knowing how that flip-top grab bar supports up to 300 lbs. when it's in the down position. Does the bracket lock it in place somehow?

    https://media.efaucets.com/images/mo...62fd-specs.pdf

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    https://www.efaucets.com/detail.asp?product_id=R8962FD

    Matching and color coordination are nice but sometimes you have to go with whatever is safest for you.
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    I read on it and it’s a texture, not a different shape. It matches the ones I always see in public rest rooms.

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    "Peened" is mentioned as a type of finish for the flip-up grab bar you mentioned in the earlier thread. I'm pretty sure it's a slightly textured finish or else it's what Howie says but you can chat with someone at the Website to ask. I'd be interested in knowing how that flip-top grab bar supports up to 300 lbs. when it's in the down position. Does the bracket lock it in place somehow?

    https://media.efaucets.com/images/mo...62fd-specs.pdf

    Here's the Website where Live Chat is an option on the right of the page:

    https://www.efaucets.com/detail.asp?product_id=R8962FD

    Matching and color coordination are nice but sometimes you have to go with whatever is safest for you.
    Hi,
    I have a flip down grab bar. It is so solid it would support very heavy weights. Yes, it locks into place. At least mine does.
    The chrome finish is never slippery. That is what is in my shower. Next to the toilet the bars are solid material. Funny but I never thought about the materials. But they must be slip resistant because my hands never slide on them

    I suppose they must be installed professionally because I think if the house fell down in an earthquake by support bars would still be standing!
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    Thanks Laz. I sent your comments to the contractor.

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    I have the brushed stainless steel grab bars in the shower, next to the toilet, and the flip down type on the other side of the toilet. If you have softened water, the bars in the shower can be slippery, especially when you have soap on your hands. Grab bars come in two diameters, 1 1/2 inch or 1 1/4 inch. The smaller diameter bar is better for a woman's grip.
    This is what is called a knurled finish, different from a peened finish.
    https://www.grabbarspecialists.com/products.php?cat=982

    This website carries a huge variety of grab bars in a variety of configurations.
    https://www.grabbarspecialists.com/index.php

    Here's the different finishes
    https://www.grabbarspecialists.com/faqs.php

    Here's another site with lots of choices to look at.
    https://www.build.com/safety-grab-ba...iAAEgJ7kvD_BwE
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    What a great variety to choose from!
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    The drop down bar is really solid, so long as it is mounted on a beam, not on drywall.

    I haven't noticed much difference in slipperiness between my "peened" grab bar in the shower, and the other later-installed chrome one...

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    I notice that some of the grab bars have a textured surface over part of the bar with smooth surfaces at the ends, so that a person could opt for the smooth surface if preferred.

    My fingers have lost some flexibility, what with arthritis, and I think that the textured surface might be useful, but even the smooth surfaces aren't so very slippery. I have only smooth surface grab bars at home and haven't ever had a serious problem with slipperiness. But there have been a few close calls.
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