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Load Requirements for Handrail and Guard

Load Requirements Handrails and Guards must be able to withstand a Uniform Load of 50 lbs/ft or a Concentrated Load of 200 lbs placed at the top of the handrail or guard. Infill areas must be able to withstand a load of 50 lbs/sq.ft.

Come meet us at the Texas AIA Convention

We will be exhibiting at the upcoming Texas AIA Design Expo, Nov. 3 – 4 in San Antonio — Booth 501 https://texasarchitects.org/v/event-detail/TxA-Annual-Convention/ks/ Our own Tony Leto will be presenting a CEU program on Friday, Nov. 4 on Building Codes as they relate to railings and Guards.

See us at GlassBuild

Come see us in Las Vegas during GlassBuild, Oct. 19 – 21. We’ll be in Booth 1361. http://www.glassbuildamerica.com/

Guard Definition and Requirements

  Guards are in place to prevent accidental falls. They are generally not required unless there is a 30″ drop – which may vary by local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). In residential applications, the guard height minimum is 36″. On a stair, since handrail must be between 34″ and 38″, the handrail and the top of […]

Handrail Return Requirements

Handrail extensions must return to a wall, itself or the walking surface. Note: While it is a common practice to leave a gap between a wall return and the wall, some inspectors have rejected this as they consider it a return toward the wall and not a return to the wall.    

Railing Extension Requirements

Railing Extensions for Ramp Rails Ramps Handrails extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beyond the top and bottom of the ramp runs. Railing Extensions on Stairs Top Extension on Stairs Handrails extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beginning directly above first riser nosing. Handrails extend horizontally above the landing […]

Three Decades of Customer Service

Neat article about Bernice May who recently retired from Wagner after 32 years in Customer Service. http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NOMS/NOMS0516/index.php#/50

Building Code Definitions for Handrail

The purpose of a handrail is to provide guidance. It is required on stairs with two or more risers and ADA ramps with a rise of 6″. In commercial applications, handrail is required on both sides of stairs and ramps. They are not required on walking surfaces with running slope less than 1:20. Height: Placed […]

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