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Old 09-29-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
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Does anyone know the handrail height code for Connecticut?

I believe it is 36" from the top of the rail down to the front of the tread (the side of the tread next to the riser.

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Assuming they're under the International Residential Code, the handrail height is 34-38" measured from the imaginary line connecting the noses of the stair treads. Horizontal guardrails are minimum 36" off finished floor.

Here is THE BEST code-based visual guide to stair, guardrail, and handrail construction available. On the right side of the linked page, click on the link below the red letters that say "2006 Visual Interpretation..."

http://www.stairways.org/codes_standards.htm

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Thank you very much for this information. The visual guide at the stairways.org is superb.

Can anyone confirm that CT uses this code? (The house is in a microscopic town and calling the inspector is much harder than it would seem so thanks to anyone that can at least get me through the next few design days.)

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Thank you very much for this information. The visual guide at the stairways.org is superb.

Can anyone confirm that CT uses this code? (The house is in a microscopic town and calling the inspector is much harder than it would seem so thanks to anyone that can at least get me through the next few design days.)

Ken
They do, but you can always just go to http://www.ct.gov/, FWIW, I generally dislike most of the small town inspectors, they inspect all trades yet know nothing about most, go figure.
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Hi Chris,

Thanks so much for your help.

I was delighted to see that you're in Litchfield. We're in a town only about 10 miles away. Wonderful area. Agree with your take on the inspectors.

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Okay, for the unknowing,,,is that 34-38" from the line of the noses,,,straight up??Or at an angle,like as the crow flies,,,closest point???
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It is measured vertically from the connective plane between the noses to the top of the handrail. The guide I linked to provides an illustration of how it is measured.
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Thanks KC,,,I keep forgetting I am on a NEW high power puter,,,my old one took 'forever' to view links and such,and sometimes flat refused them!!
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Hi Chris,

Thanks so much for your help.

I was delighted to see that you're in Litchfield. We're in a town only about 10 miles away. Wonderful area. Agree with your take on the inspectors.

Ken
What town are you in? I know most of the inspectors.
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Hi Chris,

I'll PM you on the town.

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Well, Chris, the admin says I can't send you a PM because I'm a newbie (need 20 posts).

Could you send me one and I'll reply?

Thanks,

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