Handicap Railings Installation: Installing simple bars

People with disabilities, injuries, and limited mobility always struggle to scale stairs. They’re more likely to fall and sustain injuries, which is why it’s a good idea to install handicap railings. These railings will provide the necessary support and stability if individuals climbing the stairs trip or lose balance. Handicap railings installation isn’t that difficult and can be a quick weekend project. At Boston Ironworks, we recommend the steps mentioned below to install handicap railings:

1. Take the measurements

You need to take accurate measurements in order to build handicap railings because the structure needs to provide stable support. Measure the height of the steps, depth of the steps, and the distance between the edge of the step and the post markers. These measurements should help you determine how much pipe you need and what kind of fittings you need to purchase.

2. Measurements

According to the OSHA and BOCA guidelines, every handrail should be at least 42” tall. The length of the handrail bar will depend on the angle of the stairs. The best way to calculate the length is to square the height and length of the stairs, add them, and take the square root of the solution. That will be the measurement of the handrail bar.

3. Materials

After you have all the measurements, it’s time to get all the required materials for the handicap railings installation. You will need concrete anchors, type 62-8 flanges, type c50-88 swivel fittings, type 84-7 malleable plug, and tools like drills, concrete drill bit, allen wrench, level, etc, to carry out the installation.

4. Installation process:

  • Place the bottom flange on the steps at the right location, drill holes for concrete anchors, screws, and then secure them to the surface carefully.
  • Attach the post to the bottom flange securely.
  • Attach the railing to the post and let it act as a proper guideline for the other post at the bottom of the stairs.
  • Attach the last post and secure both ends of the railings carefully with the help of flanges.

This railing should be able to offer good support and provide some impact resistance, which can help if someone trips and needs a steady structure to prevent a fall.


For questions and enquiries, you can call Boston Ironworks at 617 657 3117. You can also fill in this contact us form. We’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible. 


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