Frequenty Asked Questions
The average healthy, adult human can generate about 60lbs of pull strength using their own power. That same average, adult human’s fingers generally straighten out or release at about 80lbs of pull pressure due to the sheer force on the digits. The Single Grip Portable Grab Bar has been tested to hold up to roughly 200lbs of Pull Pressure*
Bridge Medical designed and engineered their Portable Grab Bars from the ground floor up – actually consulting with Occupational and Physical Therapists as well as Orthopedic Surgeons during the design phase. This research led to a phenomenal, Patented design that not only works great, but looks great in any bathroom decor.
3. I’ve noticed that your rubber pads seem thicker and stronger than some other suction handles I’ve seen being sold in some catalogs. How are they different?
The key to safety, stability and hold strength lies in the composition of the rubber. Our 4.7” diameter, ¼ inch thick pads are made of the strongest, most expensive natural, vulcanized rubber in the world. They are the strongest and most reliable on the market today. There are other so-called “Portable Grab Bars” on the market that claim to be strong, but many of them are assembled with suction pads made of cheap, soft PVC plastic material that cannot hold more than a few pounds of pull pressure. Be VERY WARY of these devices! As is often said, “You get what you pay for.” In the Portable Grab Bar world, relying upon cheap devices that could release when you need them most is worse than not having one at all. Choose only the best for your safety!
At home, when traveling (ours fit great in a suitcase or purse!) or anywhere you can attach our suction pads to a smooth, flat, non-porous surface. Our Portable Grab Bars are great for use on fiberglass and acrylic tub and shower surrounds, porcelain, ceramic, Glazed Tiles, Corian, Cultured Marble, and Glass (to name a few). Use it for a balance assist on the vanity or attached to the counter in the kitchen or while seated at a large table.
Suction Cup Diameters range from 4.7” for the BC201 (Single Grip), BC500 (Telescoping Grip) and BC400 (Telescoping Pivot Grip). Our BC600 (4” Tile Grip) is our only Portable Grab Bar with a 3.7” Suction Cup Diameter and is specifically made for 4” Tile configurations.
No. Unlike permanent grab bars that require drilling holes into your tub and shower surround, locating studs and many times, hiring a contractor, Bridge Medical Portable Grab Bars install without tools and will not damage your tub/shower surround. Best of all, they come down and go up anytime you choose.
Yes, Bridge Medical Portable Grab Bars will hold securely to most smooth, flat non-porous tiles. The hold will sometimes diminish on natural stone and porous tiles. Please note: The Suction Cups must not overlap with grout lines and the minimum tile size is 5 inches for our BC201, BC500 and BC400 models. The minimum tile size is 4” for our BC600 models. Caution: You should always verify that the tiles you are attaching to are firmly attached to the wall board and not loose or in disrepair.
Our Portable Grab Bars are not recommended for use on drywall, wall board, wall paper, wood paneling, plaster or any other porous surface when being used for safety or support of a human. While they may appear to hold for a short time, the suction will diminish quickly and may not provide the necessary pull strength when you need it.
On a smooth, flat surface, the suction vacuum will hold for a very long time – sometimes even months. But, because all surfaces have a different porosity, we instruct our customers to periodically remove and reset your Portable Grab Bar every few weeks or as needed to insure that the hold is secure.
Yes, Bridge Medical Portable Grab Bars were designed for use in the tub and shower. All inner components are made of non-corrosive materials and will not rust.
If attached correctly to a smooth, non-porous surface, the suction will work under water for short periods of time. The suction hold may be diminished under water, so further care should be taken regarding use.
- The BC201 Single Grip offers a hand hold area of roughly 4 inches
- The Telescoping Handles (4” Tile Grip, Telescoping and Pivot Grips) offer lengths that range between 6-19 inches.
Our Portable Grab Bars are available in our online store. Bridge Medical continues to add its products to many Pharmacies, Hospitals, Durable Home Medical Equipment Dealers and retailers and Internet Retailer throughout the US and abroad every day. If your local store, Pharmacy or Internet retailer does not currently carry our product, please have them contact us immediately to be setup as a dealer or to buy from one of our national distribution partners. If you require further assistance in locating a dealer, please contact us and we will promptly respond with your best option.