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Handrail clarification
December 10, 2019
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joshua@tidewaterglazing.com
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Section 1014 of the 2018 IBC book stats: Clear space between a handrail and a wall or other surface shall be a minimum of 1.5 inches. A handrail and a wall or other surface adjecent to the handrail shall be free of any sharp or abrasive elements.

Here are the details, my company is putting in a glass wall down a stair stringer. The glass is on both sides of the stairwell and will have the handrail attached to it. The question i have is that as you turn the corner from one set of stairs to the landing and down the next set of stairs does the part of the hand rail that wraps the glass edges need to be 1.5 inches away. when walking down the stairs and holding the handrail, it is 2 inches away so that part is good and complies. But does this code or standard just for the face of glass/wall to the handrail or does that included the glass edge where it transitions from one piece of glass to the next. I am not sure if i can upload a photo to help in a visual or if i am explaining this correctly.

Joshua Mraz