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List members:

What is the allowable deflection for a handrail?

I’m reviewing the misc metal guy’s calcs and he’s getting 1.75”

For a 42” high railing on a balcony 10” long (wide).


Seems excessive to me.



Any thoughts?


David L. Fisher SE PE

Fisher + partners

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