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Old October 13th 06, 01:51 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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I have a closed staircase on both sides . What side do I put the hand
rail on?? Right going up or right coming down?? Any code on that?
Thanks for your input.
Tom

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Old October 13th 06, 02:33 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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On Oct 13, 8:51 am, (TOM MOORE) wrote:
I have a closed staircase on both sides . What side do I put the hand
rail on?? Right going up or right coming down?? Any code on that?


Nope. Whatever works best for you.

R

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Old October 13th 06, 02:36 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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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.

MaxEN


TOM MOORE wrote:
I have a closed staircase on both sides . What side do I put the hand
rail on?? Right going up or right coming down?? Any code on that?
Thanks for your input.
Tom


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Old October 13th 06, 05:34 PM posted to rec.woodworking
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Well, put it in the middle and you can use either hand either direction. If
it's only 3 feet wide, it might be a bit tight.
Respectfully,
Ron Moore
I know, it just came to mind when I saw your post.

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I have a closed staircase on both sides . What side do I put the hand
rail on?? Right going up or right coming down?? Any code on that?
Thanks for your input.
Tom



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Old October 14th 06, 01:48 AM posted to rec.woodworking
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Oh ok Thanks guys..

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Old October 14th 06, 07:41 AM posted to rec.woodworking
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TOM MOORE wrote:
I have a closed staircase on both sides . What side do I put the hand
rail on?? Right going up or right coming down?? Any code on that?
Thanks for your input.
Tom



well, lessee...

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
stairs.

if the treads are longer than a certain amount, I forget what, you have
to have rails on both sides.

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Old October 16th 06, 12:44 AM posted to rec.woodworking
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.....unless you want to slide down...lol
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Well, put it in the middle and you can use either hand either direction.
If it's only 3 feet wide, it might be a bit tight.
Respectfully,
Ron Moore
I know, it just came to mind when I saw your post.

"TOM MOORE" wrote in message
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I have a closed staircase on both sides . What side do I put the hand
rail on?? Right going up or right coming down?? Any code on that?
Thanks for your input.
Tom





 




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