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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Well, it's not exactly constuction, it's more like an installation. I need to put in 3 handrails in my house and for the life of me I can not find any information on how far up from the tread they must be placed or on which side of the stars (left or right looking up the staircase). Any help is much appreciated.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2012, 08:59 PM
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eHow Home Building & Remodeling Carpentry & Framing Stair Handrails How High Should a Stair Handrail Be?
How High Should a Stair Handrail Be?
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Suggested Height
Stair handrails are in place so you have something to grasp while using the stairs. It is important to have the rail at a comfortable height to prevent falls. According to Human Cornell, a handrail height of 36 to 40 inches is most effective in preventing falls when descending stairs.

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National and state building codes suggest a handrail height of 30 to 34 inches, which is 2 to 6 inches shorter than the suggested height for safety. If you are installing stairs, however, you must obey building codes and set the handrail height accordingly.

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Install stair handrails at the height suggested by national and state building codes, which is 30 to 34 inches. If no codes regulate stair handrail height in your area, you have the freedom to install the rails at a different height, but as suggested, 36 to 40 inches is the best for preventing falls.

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I have put up what feels like hundreds and the inspectors have always said they need to be 34 to 38 inches from the front of the tread. Depending on what type of brackets i usually will take a square and put on top of the tread and just mark the top of it which of course is 24 inches and make that the center of the bracket.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 06:59 PM
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I'm not sure about residential, but in industrial and commercial it is 34" from the front of the tread to top of rail. Residential I would believe it is only required on one side and that could be either side. Supports at every third stud or 48" max. spacing.
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