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What are the ADA height requirements for handicap vertical grab bars?

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The ADA requires handicap vertical grab bars for water closets serving adults to be installed in a horizontal position 33 to 36 inches above the floor. This is in accordance with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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There is an exception to this requirement for water closets serving children ages 3 through 12. The grab bars for children's use are to be installed in a horizontal position 18 inches minimum and 27 inches maximum above the floor, depending on the child's age, explains the U.S. Department of Justice. Bathtubs also have a requirement of having two grab bars installed on the back wall, one located 8 to 10 inches above the rim of the bathtub and one located 33 to 36 inches above the floor. Bathtubs with permanent seats must have a grab bar on the control end wall, while bathtubs without permanent seats must have a control end wall grab bar and a head end wall grab bar.

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