This manual is not meant to provide comprehensive, step-by-step instructions for installing your railing. Each railing is different in application and arrangement. This manual is designed to give you the general principals necessary for installing a Simplified ADA Railing. Please read the basic principals and then refer to the diagram that is most relevant to your application.
Look at the diagram and close up images to get an idea of what the ADA standard requires for handrail. We have pointed out the major considerations when building an ADA compliant handrail.
A) Railing: Railing must be a continuous smooth surface. A railing must be on both sides of ramp or stairs.
B) Railing Height: Railing must be 34"- 38" in height.
Learn more about ADA handrail height requirements.
C) Edge Protection: When there is a drop off, ramps require a curb or curb rail to prevent wheel chairs from slipping out from under the railing. In some cases a mid rail is sufficient to provide this protection.
D) Clearance: A ramp must have a minimum clear width of 36".
E) D Returns: Railing ends need to be rounded or return smoothly into a floor, wall or post.
F) Extensions: Stairs: Railing should extend the width of one stair tread and then level out for 12". Ramps: Railing should extend parallel to walking surface 12" past the top and bottom of the ramp.
Below is a list of tools, materials and tips for installing Simplified ADA handrails built with Kee Access ADA railing fittings.
You do not need many tools to install an Simplified ADA handrail.
The pipe and fittings required to build your railing will be furnished to you as a part of your Simplified ADA handrail. You will need a few other bolts and screws that will depend upon the surface to which you are mounting the handrail.
The type of connection you use will depend on what you are mounting your railing into. Lag screws, chemical anchors, Tapcons and concrete anchors have been used to mount the base flanges to various surfaces.
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This diagram illustrates building an ADA handrail that has a top, middle and bottom rail. A bottom rail is required when there is no curb on a ramp. Please investigate the drawing below to learn how the different fittings for each assembly go together.
B) Ramp Upright: The 67-8 base flange is for mounting to angled surfaces. The angle is fixed by tightening the set screws. The railings are attached in the same manner as the Standard Upright. The bottom rails are connected with 89-8 on mids and 86-8 on ends.
This diagram illustrates building an ADA handrail that has a top and bottom rail. A bottom rail is required when there is no curb on a ramp. Please investigate the drawing below to learn how the different fittings for each assembly go together.
B) Ramp Upright: The 67-8 base flange is for angled surfaces. The upright angle is fixed by tightening the set screws. The railings are attached in the same manner as the Standard Upright. The bottom rails are connected with 89-8 on mids and 86-8 on ends.
The diagrams below illustrate other scenarios that come up when installing a Simplified ADA handrail.
Bottom Rail Railing End: Connect the bottom rail to the wall with a 61-8 wall flange.
Post Mounted Ramp Bottom Rail End:The bottom rail on a ramp terminates into a railing post using a 86-8. When the set screw is tightened, the angle of the bottom rail will be fixed.
Post Mounted Bottom Rail End: The bottom rail on a flat surface terminates into a railing post using a 10-8.
Handrail Bracket Attachment: Brackets attach to the handrail pipe with two No. 12 self drilling screws or pop rivets. Use high quality hardware for the best results.
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