As I go around the country and do presentations on building codes relating to railing, I show some photos at the end indicative of my critiques of railings I see in the world and on film/tv. For instance, I display this photo: Clearly, the Death Star is beyond the reach of OSHA since there is […]
With all of our concerns about handrail climbing or being improperly installed, along comes the New York Times which publishes an article on How To Walk on Hand Rails. The article quotes Travis Graves, program director at American Parkour Academy, which “promotes the discipline of running, jumping, climbing and moving in other ways through urban settings.” […]
So I’m sitting on the couch watching the World Series last night (Go Cubs!) and I see this during a commercial. I was taken aback. Do you see what I see? Probably not, unless, like me, you look at railing everywhere you go. Where’s the top rail on the glass railing at the top right? […]
Due to structural requirements for Handrail Brackets, proper attachment is critical to assure safety. While there are other methods of attachment, what we show here are the most typical. Check with your fastener supplier regarding Epoxy Anchors and Anchors for hollow block. In hollow wall applications, Handrail Brackets must be fastened to wood studs or appropriate […]
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 / square foot.
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 Extensions for Ramp Rails Ramp 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 […]
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, a 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: […]
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