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Typical Handrail Bracket Attachments

Due to structural requirements for Handrail Brackets – as noted below – proper attachment is critical to assure safety. There are other methods of attachment.

Check with your Fastener supplier regarding Epoxy Anchors and Anchors for hollow block.
In hollow wall applications, Handrail Brackets must be fastened to wood studs or appropriate blocking must be provided for structural attachment.

Cast Bracket with Tapped Hole

Hanger Bolt with Lag Screw Expansion Shield

Formed Bracket with Three Holes

Machine Screws bolted to Filler

Machined Bracket with Tapped Hole 

Hanger Bolt with Lag Screw Expansion Shield

Cast Bracket with One Hole

Through Bolt with Backing Plate

Extruded Bracket with One Hole

Lag Screw into wood stud or blocking

Cast Bracket with Tapped Hole 

Hanger Bolt into wood stud or blocking

Check with your local code authorities prior to specifying any railing system. The following are the most common
requirements in commercial and residential applications:

  • Handrail is required on stairs and ramps.
  • Height: 34 to 38 inches above stair nosings and ramp surfaces.
  • Load Requirements:
    • 50lbs/ft uniform load or
    • 200 lbs. concentrated load
  • Clearance:
    • Between wall and Handrail: 1-1/2" minimum
      • Exceptions:
        • NFPA 101: 2-1/4" minimum
        • 1991 ADAAG: 1-1/2" between the wall and Handrail (updated to 1-1/2" minimum for 2010 ADASAD
    • between underside of Handrail and horizontal Bracket Arm:
      • 1-1/2" minimum
      • Exceptions:
        • For each 1/2" of additional Handrail perimeter dimension above 4", the vertical clearance dimension of 1-1/2" shall be reduced by 1/8".
Wagner Brackets Details
building code
Updated on June 12, 2018

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