When I was building my storage above the Garage Tom, the inspector
ordered a Handrail, but he didn't care which side. So I guess it was no
code about beeing left or right, however I end up to put on both sides,
it is much nicer. But if you have to put on one side only, I would put
on right side up. I use the rail more when I go up rather then down and
using right hand is easier, unless you are left hander.
TOM MOORE wrote:
On Fri, 13 Oct 2006 07:51:40 -0500, TOM email@example.com (TOM MOORE)
I live in a house with a basement garage, and on the stairs from the
basement, the rail is on the right going up (on the hinge side of the
door at the top), which allows one to hold onto the rail and door
handle at the same time. The rail on the stairs to the second floor
is on the left - the only continuous wall.
I would look to see if there is any reason that one side or the other
is better. If not, put it on the side that "feels" good. (Use the
you have to be able to have your hand on the rail anytime you have a
foot on a step. so if your staircase has a winder in it with a wide
tread you will probably have to have the rail on the inside of the
curve- unless of course the stairwell wall curves through the winder.
that'd be cool but more cost and work to build.... winders are a bit of
a bitch in that the riser height stays constant but the tread run
length varies from one side to the other through the curve (the treads
are wedge shaped). think of it as a section of spiral staircase
connecting two straight runs of stair and you've got it. the walking
path through the curve has to remain with the same run and rise as the
straight sections, and with the rail the same height and distance away
throughout. it takes a bit of layout to get a winder to walk right. the
result is a staircase that can fit into less floor area than one with a
landing. they are a bit dangerous for children and old people so be
careful where you use them.
if there is a landing with a doorway in it you will probably have to
have the rail on the opposite side of the stairway, unless, I guess the
landing is pretty large so that the doorway isn't within reach of the
if the treads are longer than a certain amount, I forget what, you have
to have rails on both sides.
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