Have you ever stopped to consider how decorative handrails are made? The answer is easy. View this video tutorial now and learn how-to Mig weld iron handrails.
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A handrail is a bar, rod, pole, or rail that has been fashioned to be grasped by the hand so as to provide stability or support. Handrails are commonly used while ascending or descending stairways in order to prevent folks from falling over. Other applications include bathroom handrails which help to prevent injurious falls on slippery, wet floors.
Most handrails are supported by posts or mounted directly to stair railings, walls, or other fixed objects.
Watch How-To Mig-Weld Iron Handrails
When it comes time to weld iron handrails there are as many styles to choose from as there are steps in the Empire State Building…
Go grab some parts, it’s time to weld…
Many times selecting the style of your iron handrails is the most challenging part of your job.
This is where the Online catalog at King Metals comes in handy. When you go to www.KingMetals.com you will find an extensive selection of parts and pieces all designed to make your job as a welder that much easier.
Once you have established what style handrail best works for you and your application it is time to weld iron handrails.
Watch Welding Stair Handrails
As with any other aspect of residential or commercial construction, there are specific codes which come into play when welding and installing handrails.
Even though every region around the world may have their own specific building codes, follow these basic requirements for your iron handrails and you should have no problems passing any and all related regional building codes:
- Handrails and top rails must be able to withstand at least 200 pounds (890 n) of weight applied within 2 inches (5 cm) of the top edge in any downward or outward direction, at any point along the top edge of the handrail. When you properly weld iron handrails, these specifications are easily achievable.
- All handrails should be at least 1 1/4″, but not exceed 2 5/8″ in diameter. These dimensions have been established based on the size of the average hand.
- Most adults range between 5′ 6″ and 6′ 1″ tall. For this reason, set the stair handrails so the top of the rail is between 34″ to 38″ plumb up from the nose of the stairs.
- When establishing how you will mount the handrail, keep in mind it must be raised to allow a minimum of 1 1/2″ clearance from the base of the mounting bracket to the bottom edge of the rail. This makes it easy to grab.
- Next, be sure the handrail is set a minimum of 1 1/2″ out, or away from the safety railing or wall along the side of your stairs. This will allow for easy access to the handrail from any direction.
Now hang on tight…
In the next tutorial you will learn all the tips and tricks to easily prepare and paint decorative iron railings. Click this link to view Part 6: How-to Prepare and Paint Iron Railings
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