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    I have a job for a real estate company that I work for occasionally. The house inspector is requiring a graspable handrail be installed on the back porch cedar deck. All I seem to be able to find for handrails are interior ones of either oak or pine. I am talking about the 2 inch round with the flat bottom that gets attached to a handrail bracket.

    What are you guys using for handrails? Making your own out of cedar or some other exterior wood? Other issue is the rail needs to be just over 13 feet long.

    And what are you using for handrail brackets. The hardware for the deck is the black iron Simpson brackets, at least what you see. The homeowner would like a similiar look in the handrail brackets but everywhere I look I see brass coated, white painted and some bronze. Any sources for handrail brackets?

  • #2
    Re: exteroir graspable handrails

    I've given up on making exterior handrail out of wood. I get them welded out of 1-5/8" OD steel tubing, usually complete with brackets and/or posts. Paint as needed.
    Bailer Hill Construction, Inc. - Friday Harbor, WA
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    • #3
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      David:

      Me too. I have my wrought iron guy make them and just bolt them on, quick easy, cheaper in the long run and no code problems.
      You will ask what goal the U.S. is pursuing? .... their external debt is huge, and ruining other countries is their customary method. Even ownership of the global 'printing press' is no longer helping. Nor is full control over NATO, None of that if enough for the 21st century colonizers. They don't just need to preserve the dollar as the only global currency but also to get their hands on the economic wealth of other large powers and regions. - Sergei Naryshkin

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      • #4
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        Trying to make long-lasting rails that have the necessary returns... all those miters... forget it. They feel flimsy, the joints open up and the wood eventually gives off splinters. I had to make some slightly unusual rails for my own front porch and couldn't see doing them in wood, so I got a welder to do them and have never looked back. People really like sturdy rails that are smooth, and I have had no problems selling them.
        Bailer Hill Construction, Inc. - Friday Harbor, WA
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        • #5
          Re: exteroir graspable handrails

          David:

          They'll learn from us Cailfironains, and former Californinas.
          You will ask what goal the U.S. is pursuing? .... their external debt is huge, and ruining other countries is their customary method. Even ownership of the global 'printing press' is no longer helping. Nor is full control over NATO, None of that if enough for the 21st century colonizers. They don't just need to preserve the dollar as the only global currency but also to get their hands on the economic wealth of other large powers and regions. - Sergei Naryshkin

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          • #6
            Re: exteroir graspable handrails

            Or get a wire feed welding machine and make your own.

            Bill R
            www.train2rebuild.com
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            • #7
              Re: exteroir graspable handrails

              RDI has a product that might work. As far as I know, it's the only vinyl railing system approved for ADA use.

              http://www.rdirail.com/products/endurance/hr_home.htm
              Your guy lost. Get over it.

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              • #8
                Re: exteroir graspable handrails

                Originally posted by David Meiland View Post
                Trying to make long-lasting rails that have the necessary returns... all those miters... forget it. They feel flimsy, the joints open up and the wood eventually gives off splinters. I had to make some slightly unusual rails for my own front porch and couldn't see doing them in wood, so I got a welder to do them and have never looked back. People really like sturdy rails that are smooth, and I have had no problems selling them.
                I agree with David all the way here. However, we do continue to make our own out of 2x6 when the situation demands it. I use a 2x6 mounted edgeways to 2x4 back blocking that is fastened to the balustrade or wherever you would mount your handrail.

                Before mounting, we use a 1/2" roundover bit on both top edges to create the round profile. Then we use a 3/4" core box type bit and run it on both sides at around 1" down to provide the grip ablility. I haven't had one turned down yet. It looks very similar to the combination hand/rub rails used at hospitals.
                Brad

                You will never stand taller than when kneeling to help a child.

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                • #9
                  Re: exteroir graspable handrails

                  Most inspectors by me (knock on wood) don't enforce the "graspable" issue when I install an engineered PVC or fiberglass railing system. The HOs don't usually want the ugly graspable part to ruin the look of railing system anyway.

                  On two occassions, I installed a graspable rail on cedar and/or pine railings that I built and when I came back, the HO's had each removed it as soon as I left.
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                  • #10
                    Re: exteroir graspable handrails

                    We use these railing from Mid Atlantic Vinyl Products. They work well, are cost effective, and meet all requirements that I'm aware of.

                    I think you can order online and have the shipped to you via UPS.
                    Jon Blakemore
                    www.RappahannockINC.com

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                    • #11
                      Re: exteroir graspable handrails

                      http://copperbeech.com/dotnetnuke/default.aspx

                      I would go there, they can make you almost any profile out of almost any wood you like. shipping might be costly though

                      Lou

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                      • #12
                        Re: exteroir graspable handrails

                        I usually rip my 2x4 fir or mahog top rails down to 2-1/4 and round over the edges. I've never had on fail inspection
                        http://www.putfile.com/jeffaah/images/107329

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                        • #13
                          Re: exteroir graspable handrails

                          The code key is "graspable" and it doesn't matter what you use!

                          It sounds like Brad is making the same as the vinyl profiles by doing the 1" dropdown routing!
                          Take Care

                          Jim

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