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How do we Install ADA Handrails?

Posted by Accessibility Modifications Solutions on Jun 13, 2019 1:48:54 PM

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Steps can present unique challenges for someone with mobility issues. With more people aging in place than ever, it becomes even more important to find the right railing for your stairs. Safety, convenience, and the right railing to match your space, taste and special needs becomes important. The choice of material, between wood, wrought iron and steel becomes important, as well as the use of the material in your home interior or exterior. But how do we install them? Let’s take a look!

1. Make sure your stairs are ADA compliant 

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Before you do anything, it is important for your stairs to meet all ADA compliance guidelines. There must be enough working space to be in adherence to the local building codes. The space around the stairs should be carefully measured to make sure the plan for the railings will work. This will determine, for example, if the rails posts should be installed on the treads or the joists on either side of the stairs. 

 

2.  Attach posts to the treads

Artboard 1 copy 5Everything about installing ADA rails and guard rails (if required) is a combination of aesthetics, safe and sturdy installation, and patience. In this second step, patience is important. As you would do before installing a stair lift, you make your spots. We like to fasten the top part of each post to the treads, and leave more flexibility with the bottom one. Add guard rails to the stairs if the ADA guidelines require it in your case (decks.com) 

 

3. Attach the top and bottom posts to the riser board

Artboard 1 copy-13Secure the top and bottom posts to the stair to the stair framing to the riser board or the stair stayer. Make sure the height and length Make sure the height and length meet ADA guidelines and leave room for a rail cap. When you attach those rails, make sure they are sturdy, straight, and at the same length and angle.

 

4.  Add the balusters

Artboard 1 copy 2-11Connect the rails to the riser board using screws. Install baluster connectors so there is adequate space between them. Please see the ADA guidelines for details. 

 

 

5. Align top and bottom rails

Artboard 1 copy 3-5Install the stair ballusters and align the top and bottom rail. Screw the top rail into the top post. Attach top rail to deck rail.

 

 

6. Add the top caps

Artboard 1 copy 4-7Add the top caps to the top and bottom rail and finish the job!

 

 

 

 

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