Interior Stail Railing Height?


Old 10-04-09, 10:07 AM
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Interior Stail Railing Height?

I had trouble with the forums search; I figured this was a common question.

I've got some steps going down but there isn't a hand railing. I want to add one - I just don't know how high it needs to be.

I looked it up online and my city uses the 2003 International Residential Building Code...but I haven't been able to find how high the hand rail should sit.

36" is something I've seen people mention in regard to deck railings - but I'm assuming indoor stairs would be the same?
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Old 10-04-09, 11:31 AM
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34" - 38" as measured vertically from the stair nosing, and at a consistent height.
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This is specific to my area but it is based on the International Residential Code.
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