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How are the ends of the rail connected?  In considering only the vertical it
sounds like the ends are not connected.  If the ends are connected, I would
ignore the verticals and treat the rail as a beam and compute deflection
from load at center.  If they are not then the load at one end would be
critical and should be analysed on the bending strength of the first
-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Trimble <trimbleml(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Monday, February 15, 1999 11:50 AM
Subject: railing design

>i have a handrail that has 1/2" X 1/2" verticals at 4" o.c. with a
>nominal flat stock top horizontal.  in applying the code required 200 #
>horizontal load what effective width is allowed.  another words how many
>verticals can contribute?
>another question is, what is the codefied deflection criteria?