How to Repair a Broken Handrail
You wouldn't think that a solid piece of pipe would break, but given the right circumstances it will! Railing and handrail pipe can become weakened by bad welds, rusted welds, bends in the pipe, or even low quality pipe. Add to this the fact that some railings get a lot of use or are in abusive areas (think shopping cart corral) and I wouldn't be surprised if you've seen some broken railing today!
So, OK, broken railing is a problem, but how do you fix it? Well you've got a couple of options:
- Tear it out and start over (expensive, time consuming)
- Have it fixed by a welder (pricey, difficult - can you get a welder on site?)
- Duct tape! (OK, this is probably not a long term solution)
- Repair it with Kee Klamp or Kee Lite railing fittings (Now this is the solution!... OK, I'm biased)
If your railing is a common pipe size (see our sizing chart), you can be sure that using fittings is the fastest, most inexpensive durable solution to repairing a handrail. Over the years we've had countless customers come to us for just that purpose and they always end up satisfied with the solution. This was true for Kevin, an operations supervisor for a large university. He had a problem. A big problem.
This railing was literally fixed with duct tape at one point! Kevin needed a solution, and he needed a good one to fix the handrail for an arena that evidently get's a good bit of use. Here's Kevin's take on the situation:
This railing looked like it had been held together by duct tape and voodoo for too long. With sharp edges and a general sense of impending doom it has been overlooked too long, so I decided to finally do something about it. An angle grinder and three simple pipe fittings later, and we can call this one good.
It's hard to say what really happened here. Perhaps some fans got out of control at a sporting event. Whatever it was, the railing couldn't handle it and the weld broke in two places. Kevin's journey to fix the railing led him to our web site and our helpful customer service team. He sent us a photo of the railing, which was promptly shared around the office in a "look at that!" fashion. Sam eventually directed him to three simple fittings that would solve his problem by once again creating a handrail that had structural integrity.
Cutting out the "bad sections" of handrail, Kevin was able to splice the pipe back together using three Kee Klamp fittings.
- The Type 70 Rail Support - This was used to connect the railing to the wall. This was necessary because the vertical support at the bottom needed to be removed.
- The BC-53 Swivel Angle - This was used to form the angle between the handrail and the D-return the bottom of the railing.
- Type 15 Elbow - This fitting was used at the bottom to connect the D-return to what remained of the bottom post.
Three simple fittings, a few screws and this handrail is repaired and ready to endure the next major sporting event! Looking at the pictures you can see how the handrail is now stable and secure. Kevin was thrilled with the results and we're happy to see another customer find a "simple" solution to their problem using Kee Klamp fittings.
If you have a railing that needs repair, reach out to us, send us a picture, and we'll give you expert advise on what fittings can be used to fix your handrail.