Graphical Construction Glossary >> stairs. >> >> Pipe Handrails

Pipe Handrails
Stair handrails that are made out of hollow tube sections

handrail wreathes

Circular handrails are becoming more popular with forward looking designers and stair builders. The reason is very simple. Ease of manufacture and the low relative cost of materials .

  • Circular rails are cheaper than anything else. They are made out of many materials that are mass produced for other industries so that cost savings in scale occurs.
  • For continuous railing they are particularly appropriate as the standard elbows and bends follow the complicated curves sometimes needed very easily.
  • The reason for this is that a circle is a unique geometrical shape. It only has one centre point or axis. Ovals and rectangular based shapes have a horizontal axis and a vertical axis.
  • Making oval or rectanglular shaped handrail wreathes out of timber or even steel is not particularly complicated, but it does require time and skill or expensive machinery which is not the case with metal pipe rails.
a pipe handrail wreath

The handrail wreath here uses a cheap mass produced short radius elbow fitting. The rail that it joins to has also had a bend applied to it. More than likely with a fairly cheap mass produced pipe bender.

ss handrails

Apart from low cost and easy application to continuous handrailing the metal rails here have a futher advantage, that of stength.

For external use they are also excellent because weather resistance.

If you didn't find exactly what you are looking for try this search tool that will search the site and the web.

"What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
Adam Smith 1723-1790

"When we build, let us think that we build for ever."John Ruskin 1819-1900

coates hire
Hire Equipment
Furniture Fittings - Architectural Hardware - Electronic Locking Systems - Technical Hardware
BuilderBill sponsorship

BuilderBill Books

building maths
Building Maths

Stair Design
asbestos ebook
Asbestos Book

Calculator Pages.

Concrete yardage calculator

Reader's Questions.

Questions and answers.



Please Note! The information on this site is offered as a guide only!  When we are talking about areas where building regulations or safety regulations could exist,the information here could be wrong for your area.  It could be out of date!  Regulations breed faster than rabbits!
You must check your own local conditions.
Copyright © Bill Bradley 2007-2012. All rights reserved.
Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape