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on February 5, 2011
OK, I read the review which claimed that the screws didn't fit. I am in a nursing home and need a toilet assist bar to be able to come home, and I am not able, in my current condition, to install permanent wall bars. So I ordered this, and when both my wife and my daughter claimed that the nuts would not fit on the screws, I was concerned, having read that review.

But then I saw the nuts and screws. The nuts are a type of nut that is typically called a "nylon lock nut" although these do not have nylon inserts, they have plastic inserts, which I presume are a tenth of a cent cheaper for 20 nuts. You will either need a socket or a six inch adjustable wrench to install these items. It will also help if you have a good #2 Phillips screwdriver. They take some force to install, but the force does not progress. That is, you force the screw in and the inserts push out of the way, and fit into the threads. This sort of item is typically used where there is vibration, to stop a nut from loosening, since the resistance to loosening is not dependent on how tight you get the screw.

In any case, if you had never seen them before, you might think that the nuts didn't fit on the screws. They did fit, at least the one I had fit.

Make sure the screws are not cross threaded. Spin them on with your fingers. Then tighten the screw - the insert will compress. While nylon inserts can typically be reused a couple of times, I would not expect that these could be reused at all, because the plastic did not seem to have the same resilience as I have experienced with nylon. You can screw the nut onto the threads many times, but the inserts will not provide the locking effect. If you have to take them off at all, they probably need to be replaced.

The magazine rack is tiny and just hangs from one of the crossbars. We are not sure it has any use at all.

I am not allowed to put weight on my right foot. I pushed down on the crossbar with my left foot, almost hard enough to bend it - it would have been uncomfortable were I not wearing a shoe. That stabilized it enough that I was able to use the handles to stand, although I finished the maneuver by transferring to the knee scooter.

My wife used a different scheme when she tried to see how I might get up, she folded her right foot under her, and pushed forward and up - you might consult a therapist if you need to, since that is what they do.

This thing has the feel of cheap junk - something that you'd buy to put over a dryer. It feels like it should cost $20. But it is a medical device, so it costs way more and so forth.

The hardware is cheap. It is not galvanized, and out toilet floor is sometimes damp, from various sources. I worry that in the toilet, the screws will rust in weeks or months, and the thing will just fall apart. For me, that is OK, because my weight restriction should be short term - and if it lasts me until I can put 100% weight on my right foot, well, I might well just trash it at that point anyway. If I needed it to last longer, I would get stainless hardware at home depot. The tubing would still corrode over time, but it might take a year.
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on March 29, 2015
Depends what you expect for the money! The magazine rack is comical and made the trash upon arrival. Is it flimsy? Yes, however it does get the job done! My 89 year old mother wanted it and there is no room in her bathroom or budget for rails to be installed. It DOES help her stand up from the toilet and that's exactly what its supposed to do. Its cheaply made but putting it together was not an issue. Screws are to long but doesn't affect it. If you have someone who can hacksaw them off, that would be good but if not, its still fine. No it isn't made well enough for the kids to be hanging off of however, it works for her to get that help she needs to rise up. We tried the raised toilet seat and she HATED that, so this does the trick much better. It is worth exactly what you paid for it and it DOES get the job done so what more can you expect for $36 bucks.
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on July 28, 2016
Very sturdy product to have for getting on & off the potty. It was very easy to assemble & a better product then using the Essential Medical Supply Elevated Toilet Seat. I tried to Elevated toilet seat at first & it slid around & felt like you were going to break the toilet. This just slides next to your toilet & when you apply pressure to get up or down it don't move. I needed this due to a foot surgery that I couldn't apply any pressure on so it was a big help getting up & down.
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on January 12, 2014
I like the wide stance and the cushioned arms. However, the U shaped tubing that stabilizes the sides vertically could stand to be a larger diameter so that sides would not 'wiggle' so much when you exert pressure on them to rise. I liked that the mounting hardware included nylon stop nuts to make assembly more secure. However, I had to purchase plastic bolt protectors to slip on the extra bolt length that protruded past the nuts. These inexpensive items should have been included. The floor rails had approximately two inches of foam cushion under them on each end, so I ran pickup topper foam tape full length on them so that they did not shift around on the tile floor. In all it is well worth it's cost, and I would purchase a second one if I needed it.
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on February 15, 2017
Sturdy handles allow you to use your own toilet. My toilet is very close to the shower. This handle setup slides easily from one side to the other to give more room by the shower when needed. Also great because it doesn't affect other people who want to use the toilet. Can easily be moved from 1 toilet to another. Took less than 15 minutes to assemble.
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on April 14, 2015
I'm amazed at some of the poor reviews this product received. I'm delighted with it. Assembly wasn't all that bad; you do need a screwdriver and a wrench or a pair of pliers to hold the nut. Once together it's sturdy enough to support a 200 lb person or better. It's not secured to the floor and it may occasionally move a bit, but it certainly doesn't take any effort to put it back where you want it. Besides, it's light weight, and you can use it other places beyond the bathroom. For the money, it's a great deal and a very handy item.
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on March 22, 2012
Yes, it assists a person by offering a place to put your hands and almost acts like a second pair of steady, sturdy hands helping to lift you to a total standing position. If you put your hands on top on the foam part of the handles an apply the pressure of your weight in a downward motion it works really well and assists you in standing up. It works with different types of weight too. You cannot pull the arm handles towards your body from a seated position and expect it to magically lift as you cannot put all weight on one side. Logically, you're trying to tip it in some way. People say it tips and it's not sturdy...well first are you applying you body weight on the device properly and second the thing is not bolted to the ground. The device as a whole is not super, super heavy but its NOT plastic, it's metal. It stays on the ground and again if used properly, it helps. With MS it helps and with arthritis in the knee it helps my Mom that's all I truly know from expeiences. Dad said the top screws were a little too long and he had to get shorter ones at Home Depot (nickels and dimes). The rest came fine and using a philips screwdriver took very little time to put together. It's a great product for the price and even holds "reading material" for the extended toilet visits HA-Ha.
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on January 23, 2017
A little tricky to put together, but not that hard...just had to work to get the bolts to tighten all the way. Once up, it works great. I like the fact that is is free standing as it makes it easy to move to clean the floor around the stool. Sturdy. I didn't have problems with it scooting or tipping as reported by some others.
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on October 24, 2012
This is a sturdy, well designed unit. It is relatively easy to assemble and is sturdy enough to support my 250 lb. frame. My knees are very arthritic, so I need the support when getting off the toilet. It is unfortunate that it isn't a fold up type unit since I travel and occasionally get stuck with a non-accessible hotel toilet. I have to disassemble and reassemble it when traveling from hotel to hotel. My wife has made a sturdy travel bag that the unit fits into nicely. It's a good buy for the money, but, like I said, it would be even better if it folded up. I would glady trade in the magazine rack for foldability.
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on January 12, 2017
Not rock- solid sturdy, but does the job for a hip replacement patient. Liked the design because it didn't involve messing with the toilet seat and provides handles to push-up from. Easy to install/remove.
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