Graspable handrail

(Eli Klugmann) #1

Graspable handrail, do you think this is too wide?
Would you call it out as a safety issue?
As best as I can search, maximum should be 2 1/4.

Thanks

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(Joe Funderburk, CMI) #2

http://www.aohomeinspection.com/pdf/IRC_interpretation.pdf

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(Eli Klugmann) #3

Thank you, that is incredibly helpful.

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(Dave Fetty, CMI) #4

From Florida Code…
R311.7.8.3Grip-size.

Required handrails shall be of one of the following types or provide equivalent grasp-ability.

  1. 1.Type I. Handrails with a circular cross section shall have an outside diameter of not less than 11/4 inches (32 mm) and not greater than 2 inches (51 mm). If the handrail is not circular, it shall have a perimeter dimension of not less than 4 inches (102 mm) and not greater than 61/4 inches (160 mm) with a cross section of dimension of not more than 21/4 inches (57 mm). Edges shall have a radius of not less than 0.01 inch (0.25 mm).
  2. 2.Type II. Handrails with a perimeter greater than 61/4 inches (160 mm) shall have a graspable finger recess area on both sides of the profile. The finger recess shall begin within a distance of 3/4 inch (19 mm) measured vertically from the tallest portion of the profile and achieve a depth of not less than 5/16 inch (8 mm) within 7/8 inch (22 mm) below the widest portion of the profile. This required depth shall continue for not less than 3/8 inch (10 mm) to a level that is not less than 13/4 inches (45 mm) below the tallest portion of the profile. The width of the handrail above the recess shall be not less than 11/4 inches (32 mm) and not more than 23/4 inches (70 mm). Edges shall have a radius of not less than 0.01 inch (0.25 mm).
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