How to end the wall mounted handrail.
There are a number of options available to terminate the wall handrail, this may be a simple profiled end or a more elaborate Ram’s horn.
The termination may finish at the pitch with the staircase or ramp to horizontal.
We will cover a number of the options here to give a guide of how these wall handrails may finish.
The position for the end of the wall handrail may depend on local building regs or code. Some of these now stipulate that the handrail must continue a minimum distance beyond the end of the flight.
In the explanations below I may use the term straight wall rail, these will work for spiral wall rail or any other geometric shaped flight.
In some areas, a wall rail is legally required to return to the wall, confirm your local building regulations before deciding on the termination you would like.
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Returning to the wall.
Mitred back to wall.
The striaght rail is simply mitred back to the wall, keeping the return mitre in the same plane as the straight handrail coming up the pitch.
A nice simple cut but harder to bolt together through the mitre without any fixings showing.
2D turn back to wall.
The handrail has a flat 90º bend set onto the end of the straight rail but is still kept in the same plane as the pitch length of handrail coming up the flight.
Mitred to level and back to wall.
The handrail runs through the pitch and is then mitred to level and mitred again to return the handrail back to the wall.
Ramping to level and turning back to wall.
The handrail runs throught the pitch of the flight, ramps to level and then has a radius to turn the handrail through 90º and take it back to the wall.
Wreathing 90º turn back to wall.
The handrail comes up at pitch and then wreaths through 90º back to level and into the wall.
This allows the handrail ends to be bolted into the wall giving extra stability.
Straight rail – Profiled end – Squared.
The end of the handrail is cut square and the profile from along the sides of the handrail is molded across the end.
Straight rail – Profiled end – Revolved.
The end of the handrail is radiused and the profile from along the sides of the handrail is molded around the end.
Mitred over with Square Profiled end.
The handrail is mitred from pitch to horizontal with the end cut square and profiled.
Mitred over with rounded Profiled end.
The handrail is mitred from pitch to horizontal with the end of the handrail rounded off and the profile run round.
Ramped over with square Profiled end.
The handrail has a ramp taking it to horizontal.
The end is cut square with the profile machined across the ends.
Ramped over with rounded Profiled end.
The handrail has a ramp added to the end to bring the handrail to horizontal.
The end is rounded with the profile continued round the ends.
Ram’s horn at pitch.
The Ram’s horn termination may be used, as this stays in line with the pitched rail.
The Ram’s horn may be attached at pitch with the handrail coming through the flight.
Ram’s horn – levelled.
The wall rail may be ramped to level and then the Ram’s horn attached.
Drop end at pitch.
The drop end handrail would normally be mitred over and the handrail extended down by about 6″ or 150mm.
Drop end – levelled.
Ram’s horn – profiled end
When using the Ram’s horn at the start of a run of wall rail it is generally better to finish with a standard termination at the top or finish of the wall rail