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
Doh! My brane hutz.
Why is the handrail going to the ceiling? Do you have all the
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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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.
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
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.
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