Building regs on Staircase handrail

Having 'studied' Part K I know the height that a handrail has to be - but in my particular application for replacing the old ranch style ballustrading the existing handrail does not go from bottom newel to top newel - it terminates at the underside of the ceiling, because of an offset landing floor. There is no room for a straight line for a full length handrail. A seperate assembly protects the landing area, so my question is does the handrail HAVE to go from top to bottom - I can't see mention of it in the regs....
Any idea???
TIA
Ruski
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Doh! My brane hutz.
Why is the handrail going to the ceiling? Do you have all the orang-utans?
If it's your house and the "ten year man" isn't going to see it, you can please yourself what you do. Handrails generally run parallel with the string and their top edge is about 900 mm above the nose of the treads.
They are usually stopped/started plumb to the bottom and top nosings.
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Hi John
Thanks for the suggestion, just trying to work through it. The guarding to the left in the picture is not a problem, I don't /need/ a Newl at the 90deg bend that you can see in the base plate, just using spindles to support the guard rail around the corner, with the 90 deg join in the guard rail glued and doweled.
A handrail up the far wall is fine and works for the bend at the bottom too, but then I have a problem bringing it around the top corner across the spindles that are fitted for the guarding and terminating on the top Newl? The main problem is reducing the gap between the two top Newls, but also the solid fixing of the handrail.
That does raise a couple of other questions:
Any advice on handrail size and distance from the wall , I'm obviously after a slim rail, fixed V close to the wall - could I get away with (for example) a piece of top guard rail mounted on it's side and screwed directly into the wall?
Handrail following the Pitch line on a double winder staircase - do I have to change pitch with the winders on each corner? - i.e. follow a line 900mm or so above the stringer and follow it's change of pitch around the corners?
Thanks in advance. Kev
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Hi
Thanks for the help guys, I managed to get it sorted at the weekend. I took the handrail up the 'long' side of the stairs. It ended up as 6 pieces due to the 90 deg corners and the change of angle at the winders.
It should really have been 7, but the difficult piece next to the top guard rail I did as one, turned around 90deg so the flat of the handrail pointed towards the guard rail and I screwed the top end directly to the Newl and the bottom end I butted to the wall and screwed into from the othe side of the wall.
Cheers Kev
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