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Why ADA Stair Handrail Guidelines Are Not as Bad as You Think

By definition, handrails are in place to provide guidance. They are required on stairs with two or more risers and ADA ramps with a rise greater than 6 inches. Handrails are required on both sides of stairs and ramps. They are placed between 34 inches and 38 inches above the leading edge of a stair […]

How To Layout An ADA Aluminum Pipe Railing

This component system, easily assembled on-site, meets all ADA guidelines for structural strength and usability. An ADA IR85KA bracket can be rotated to any angle for stairs or ramps. Smooth, continuous top rail with required grip diameter has no sharp edges or projections. Stainless steel and anodized aluminum provide long-term low maintenance. Wagner’s ADA systems […]

Introduction to Accessibility Standards and the ADA

There are two primary references that have been used throughout the country in relation to accessibility: ICC/ANSI A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities and The Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. Created and published by the Council of American Building Officials (CABO) – ANSI A117.1 […]

Wall Brackets

Wagner is able to supply wall brackets with one, two or three hole options. Be aware that not all brackets meet all code requirements. Confirm with your local authority having jurisdiction to confirm dimensional and structural requirements prior to specifying. Due to structural requirements for wall brackets, proper attachment is critical to assure safety. While there […]

Railing Systems CES Program Now Available

In response to your requests, we have added a new AIA CES program covering Contemporary Railing Systems. Here’s a narrative of the program offering. Contemporary Railing Systems Railing design options have expanded over the years. While still popular, ornamental railings (wrought iron) are no longer the only design choice when choosing a metal railing system for your […]

Handrail is What We do Best

Who is your “go-to” for handrail questions? April is National Inventor’s Month. We pride ourselves on our “inventiveness” and innovation is one of our core values. Interesting point though, when our new product team gets together, we somehow seem to find our way back to handrail. Whether it’s a post mounted handrail, wall mounted handrail, […]

Why Is There No Consistency of Clearance Requirements for Handrail Brackets?

Here are two standard handrail brackets. The one on the left has a minimum 1-1/2″ clearance between the wall and handrail. It will meet International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), (Americans With Disabilities Act Standardards for Accessible Design) ADASAD, and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1 requirements for handrail graspability. It will not […]

Should I Still Be Concerned About ICC A117.1?

Update: A new ICC A117.1 was published soon after this blog post. From our understanding, there were no significant changes made in this document relating to handrails and railings. The original plan was that a new version of A117.1 would be published every five years. The next one will be scheduled for 2022. While this […]

The ADASAD is Not a Building Code

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in July 1990.  It is a civil rights law introduced to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. It applies to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities. Appended to the ADA was the Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, […]

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