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Yes, Virginia, the screws do fit.
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.