By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A grab bar is a safety device that should be in every bathtub and shower stall to provide safe footing on the slippery surfaces in a bathroom. It gives a helping hand to anyone at any age or physical condition who requires assistance. Add a shelf to that safety feature and it’s a winning combination for a bathroom accessory that will be well used and appreciated. You’ll find them sold In a variety of styles and finishes such as brushed nickel, chrome and bronze sold at home centers and kitchen and bath retailers. The best choice is a shelf grab bar with a secured mount design that installs on any wall stud at any angle to assure its installation will be sound and stable.
Here's a link to Moen's shelf grab bars where you'll find more information and installation instructions called product specifications Moen Shelf Grab Bars.
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A handyman will install a shelf grab bar for $136 which includes the labor and material. You can buy the accessory for $65 and install it yourself, assuming you have carpentry tools and experience.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.