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As you grow older, you may notice that your bathroom does not grow with you. Simple tasks such as showering can become daunting. At Handy Man, we have the tools you need to update your bathroom to a functional space again. These changes can make a genuine difference.

Start by installing grab bars throughout the bathroom for added stability. Each year 3,500 people suffer from a fall in the bathroom. Grab bars are an inexpensive way to prevent falls. Place grab bars throughout the bathroom – vertically near the shower or tub; horizontally on shower walls, near the toilet, and even consider replacing your towel bar with a grab bar.

 

Consider installing a taller toilet seat. Your current toilet is probably between 14 and 16 inches tall. ADA compliance sets standards for toilet seats to be raised between 17 and 19 inches. These “comfort height” seats make it much easier and safer to transition between sitting and standing.

An Onyx shower can be totally customizable to your needs. Low clearance shower bases are only a fraction of an inch tall, which means you can walk in, or roll a wheelchair in with ease. Installing a bench in the shower means you can sit while showering, decreasing the chances of slipping and falling, while handheld shower sprayers allow you to control the water.

Walk-in tubs offer a great alternative for those who prefer baths to showers. Their sealed doors ensure that water does not leak, and they can come with quick-fill and quick-drain capabilities to get you in and out quickly.

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No matter what your needs are, we have the tools to help you find exactly what fits your lifestyle. Our showroom has a variety of ADA compliant tubs, showers, and toilets on display so you can visualize them in your home. We look forward to bringing you the freedom to live in your home for years to come!

Congratulations Mark, our Delta Faucet Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to Mark, our Delta Faucet Giveaway winner! Mark’s family met Handy Man President Joe Swenson at our Sioux Falls store to claim their prize.

You could be our next winner! Visit your local Handy Man to get the latest information on product giveaways and contests!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Little Tot Training Seats

If you’re a parent who has ever had to go through potty training your child, you know how challenging it can be. Here are some tips to help make the process a little easier and maybe even effortless!

First of all, you’ll want to determine which type of training seat you want to use. There are many different options on the market made specifically for boys or girls.

You’ll also want to determine how portable you need your seat to be. If your child is the only one using the toilet, you might consider a semi-permanent training seat like the Bemis NextStep Potty Seat.

The Bemis seat comes with design features that allow the seat to be easily removed for cleaning, or to remove the smaller seat when it’s no longer needed. It’s a two-in-one toilet seat and it accommodates adult and child users equally.

When not in use, the potty seat automatically secures by magnet into the molded seat cover, meaning adults won’t have to manually lift the child seat. When it’s time for little ones to use it, toddlers can easily pull it down by themselves. This will help with their independence and reinforce their “I can do it myself” sense of confidence.

If you’re a parent who wants to keep your bathroom clean and clutter-free, this is the toilet seat for your family. No matter which seat you choose for your child, just remember to be patient. Potty training can take time, however with the right tools, you’ll be set up for success.

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Thermostatic Valve vs. Pressure Valanced Valve Options

There are many different options available for your new shower setup.  Here are a few of the most common:

April’s Featured Sales: Vanities & Shower Doors!

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Bathroom Vanities with Storage and Beauty!

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Save on Sleek Shower Doors All Month Long!

Framed or frameless, we carry a variety of shower doors that are easy to install, making replacing your current outdated shower door a cinch. Interested in the trending frameless option? Read this blog post first to learn the practical reasons to choose frameless.

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March Savings! Sterling Showers and Hand Showers on Sale

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Save on Our Click-into-Place, Sterling Showers!

Sterling ShowersDiscover the famous caulk-free, click-into-place shower from Sterling. Easy to install, durable, and customizable, Sterling Showers continue to be one of our customers’ favorite DIY projects.

Customize Your Shower Experience with a New Hand Shower!

Whether you’re looking for a soothing downpour or a pulsating massage, installing a hand shower will allow you to customize your shower experience.

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5 ways safety features drive bathroom design today

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In the bathroom, safety is critical, but residents also want products that make safety a number one priority without sacrificing style. We talked with Chris Nealon, bath accessories product manager at Moen® and a bath safety expert, about the importance of safety and how to select features for all generations, from babies to boomers.

1) Why is bath safety so important?

A faucet and vanity are the logical focal points of a bathroom, but bath safety and accessories are the jewelry of the bathroom. And while it’s important to accommodate an ever-aging population in this country by making bathrooms safe, especially for boomers, we need to be more conscious about including safety features for all generations of tenants. Falls can happen to anyone — anytime — regardless of age or how strong or fit they may be.

2) Do you have any specific concerns in this space?

Too often style has taken a backseat to function, but that doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Grab bars are a critical part of bathroom safety, and you can incorporate this feature without looking institutional.

You have to take a proactive approach to bath safety because if you’re reacting to a fall in the shower, it’s too late.

3) What about generation-specific concerns? It’s not just about the elderly, is it?

Just like you’re never too young or old to wear a seatbelt, everyone can benefit from a safer bathroom. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 234,000 injuries in the bathroom annually, so no one is immune to slipping in a wet shower. When bath safety products are close by, it makes the shower experience easier and, as a result, safer. A grab bar with an integrated shelf helps reduce movement and, with that, the chances of falling.

Multi-family living spaces face a particular challenge because they have to be able to accommodate tenants of any age or generation, at any time. Bath safety is becoming a more important and relevant issue for everyone, and limiting movement in the shower helps provide peace of mind and added safety for people of every age. Shower falls are a common worry for seniors, but kids can also easily slip, even with a parent nearby. Teaching children to use tub grips and practice other safe habits when they are young can help prevent accidents.

4) How is the combination of safety and style helping drive design?

Moen has more than doubled its bath safety decorative options in the last three years alone. Matching the finish of the grab bars with the rest of the bathroom fixtures really resonates with consumers and makes the bars look as good as they work. There is a wide variety of styles to suit any taste or preferred look — traditional to contemporary and everything in between. Also, the price point is attractive for multi-family communities.

5) Are there any Moen products that you think particularly help close the gap between style, function and safety?

SecureMount Anchors are great for multi-family spaces because their design easily allows a retro install of a grab bar wherever you want; this makes the bath safer because it’s fully customizable. In older properties, it may not be safe to go into a wall stud, so this creates a safer experience without requiring the crew to get behind or through a wall.

Moen’s grab bar shelf has a removable tray, which encourages people to put toiletries like soap safely out of the way on an accessible shelf, instead of directly on the bathtub. This helps prevent the buildup of soap scum and other grime, which is cleaner for the tenant and encourages smart storage. This also helps multi-family property owners avoid costs associated with reskinning or resurfacing a bathtub and shower. Bathroom footprints are becoming smaller in multi-family communities, so wall space is critical. Anytime you can integrate two things, like a grab bar with shelf or paper holder, it’s an added benefit because it increases safety and functionality.

Now it’s easy to incorporate safety features into baths and showers with style and function.

February Sale: Save on Onyx Vanity Tops & Kitchen Sinks!

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Save $20 or more on a new vanity countertop in February. With 15 bowl styles, 5 edge options, and dozens of colors available, we’re sure that you’ll be able to custom order the ideal vanity top from Handy Man. It will be straight from the manufacturer, meaning we’ll keep your cost low! Click here to design your custom vanity. 

Kitchen Sink Savings

Granite, stainless steel, drop-ins, and under mounts– you name it, we carry it! We will help you discover the differences between not only the different types of sinks, but the different bowl options too. We’ll make sure you leave excited about your new sink! Click here to find your kitchen sink style.

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Congratulations to our 70th Anniversary Giveaway winner!

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Congratulations to Barb Thaler, our $2,000 70th Anniversary Giveaway winner! On Monday, Handy Man President Joe Swenson greeted Barb and her family at our Sioux Falls store and presented them with “the big check” and a high-five. We look forward to helping you complete your dream bathroom project!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Built for the long haul: making renovations and upgrades last

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Multi-family spaces need to be comfortable but durable spaces, handling ongoing resident turnover and high-density living in multiple separate units. They take on a lot of wear and tear by their very nature. That’s why property managers need to make sure that, when it comes time to renovate, the upgrades and repairs made are built for the long haul.

But that doesn’t mean that style has to be sacrificed for the sake of durability. With smart choices comes staying power. Small, affordable renovation projects can help equalize the cost versus value proposition and provide a visually appealing, noticeable upgrade that is as durable as it is beautiful.

Here are just a few ways to integrate a modern, stylish look that will add an instant upgrade while providing the durability that multi-family spaces demand.

  • Using a common valve system like M-PACT® from Moen makes upgrades of widespread and wall mount faucets and showering trim or showerheads as easy as a simple twist and pull of the decorative trim, eliminating the need for any plumbing work. Products like the Via widespread bathroom faucet with M-PACT also have the multi-family industry’s most comprehensive 10-year warranty. Moen products require 35 percent fewer cartridge replacements than competitors, saving time and money — a must in multi-family spaces.
  • Products with Spot Resist Finishes help retain their showroom shine, shedding unsightly watermarks and fingerprints so kitchen and bath faucets and shower fixtures stay cleaner, longer. And when it does come time to clean the kitchen and bath, they’ll look as good as new after a simple wipe down.
  • A fully integrated shower rail can adapt to existing plumbing connections without any behind-the-wall changes. Better, it provides the security of an ADA-approved pull rail and the durability, functionality, style and design flexibility of an added shower arm, handshower or rainshower adaptation.

Small renovation projects and upgrades can still be big on style and performance. Using durable products that deliver the style residents want also provide a greater return on investment for property managers and a bigger boost to your bottom line.

 

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