Handrails for Wheelchair Ramp

"I received a call late last spring that the Newport (WA) Family Crisis Network facility was in need of a new wheelchair ramp and stairs and was asked if I would construct the handrails for them. Because this organization depends largely on donations and pledges, I saw this as a great donation opportunity.

"The top handrail was constructed of 1-1/4" x 083" square tubing. The uprights were 1" square tube and the midlevel bar was 3/4". In the center of the midlevel bar I added a 1/4" round rod circle with the organization's logo cut from stainless steel and sanded for a swirl finish. I then painted the handrails to match the building and fastened it down through 1/4" steel bolt plates.

"I have built several smaller handrails for elderly peoples' porches around town using many different designs. Although I am not a welder by trade, I find great satisfaction in working steel in my shop. Using top line tools and equipment like Lincoln [welding products] just makes my hobby more enjoyable.

"I currently use a Lincoln® Power MIG® 215 and Lincoln® welding consumables. OXARC, Inc. in Spokane supplies all of my welding needs."

Important Safety Note:
If you design or construct a hand railing, be sure your design will not permit a person's hand or foot or a small child's head to become caught in the baluster.

Many local codes include specific safety requirements for hand railings, among other things, including a maximum baluster spacing of 4". As always, check applicable local code and consider potential safety concerns when you design or build a hand railing or any other project.




 *The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.