Gripable Handrail Size

All handrails shall be of one of the following types or provide equivalent grasp ability. The minimum distance from the wall to the gripable handrail is 1 - 1/2 inches.

Circular : 1 1/4“ to 2“ in diameter.

Non-circular: 4” to 6 ¼” around graspable part with a maximum graspable diameter of 2".

Some building codes require the corner or edge of the handrail to have a minimum radius of no less than .125 or 1/8 of an inch. It's not hard to imagine people getting cut, bruised or even splinters, if this particular building code wasn't enforced.

Attention: Don't forget to check with your local building department to verify any building codes on this website. This information could be incorrect or outdated.

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