Hello! The pole diameter ranges from 1.75 to 2.25 inches wide depending on while section of the pole you are examining. If you have any other questions, feel free to call us at (800) 506-9901!
Hello! The Stander Security Pole is adjustable on ceilings 7 to 10 feet high, so it will work perfectly with your 8 1/2 foot ceiling. If you have any other questions, feel free to call us at (800) 506-9901!
Hello, The padded grip extends from 30" to 54" above the ground. For additional questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-506-9901. Thanks, Stander Customer Care
Sorry, Rich, but I'd contact the Mfg. for this answer. While most of pole would "appear" to be rust proof, there is exposed threaded metal (under a sleeve) that might rust, and the extension used for 8', 9' and 10' ceilings also has exposed metal.
The grip is padded.