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Old 04-01-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Hand-rail options??

Am needing to make a path way from a driveway to front door for a man who has trouble steadying himself (thinking of concrete walk way) but need to have some kind of hand-rail for him to hold on to.He desires something that does not scream handicapped entrance !! But must be built to last. Thanks in advance for options and input njs


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What distance are we talking about??? You are limited by code for handrails. Height is 34-38" with the rail to fit the hand. For rounded handrails, min 1 1/4, max 2". For flat handrails, a circumference of 4" min, max 6 1/4'(IRC code).

There are many options, wood rails mounted to decorative cedar post, composite or plastic rails, decorative metal rails, etc... He obviously has some pride and I would agree it should not look like something thrown together.


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I don't know exactly what you have in mind but maybe a split rail fence or picket fence or something in that direction?
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not understanding very well. so can't share my interesting ideas
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