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a rail alongside a stairway, etc., at a convenient height to be grasped to provide support
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A rail providing a handhold and serving as a support at the side of a stair or elevated platform.
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A narrow rail to be grasped by a person for support.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


rail, 3
ragwork, 1
1. A bar of wood or other material passing from one post or other support to another; a hand support along a stairway.
2. A structure consisting of rails and their sustaining posts, balusters, or pillars, and constituting an enclosure or a line of division, as a balcony rail.
3. A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling as a door rail, or in the framework of a window sash.
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Otherwise, the handrail will vary in height from the stairs at different points.
Low-cost blocking built into the walls of bathrooms, corridors, hallways, and other areas at a standard 32 inches above the floor allows for simple installation of grab bars and handrails. Designing in extra space to accommodate the use of wheelchairs and walking aids gives residents greater freedom of movement and reduces the risk of damage to interior finishes.
I don't want to build a monumental ramp with handrails, which I don't use.
To correlate motor torque, the step and handrails were considered separately.
The height of the handrail is specified for safety.
In a move aimed at protecting children from accidental deaths, the Dubai Municipality has made handrails with a minimum height of 90cm mandatory for balconies and swimming pools in all new buildings in Dubai with immediate effect.
Long[R] Fence installs guard, stair and step handrails according to the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) which govern commercial and residential railing requirements.
Fit the handrail about 900mm to 1,050mm above the tread on each step.
Fortunately it is trendy again to have baluster spindles closely set up the handrail. But not so long ago the big thing was to strip them out and have an open handrail.
For extra decorative purposes, adding vertical balusters will finish off any handrail and turn the decking into a more prominent design feature in your garden.
"I even asked all the other people who lived here if they had a problem with me having a handrail and everybody said it was fine including the owners of the building."
The pounds 250,000 stainless steel handrail, which frames a series of glass panels, is being unveiled on Tuesday at a ceremony attended by the artist.