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Here in Chi-town, we seem to refer to “handrails” as elements used

To protect/contain people and “guardrails” are used to protect/contain vehicles.


Also, its 20 plf on handrails for one and two family dwellings and 50 plf for multi

Family/public areas…


“guardrails” have a separate loading spec…




Thanks again, everybody for all the help.


David L. Fisher SE PE

Fisher + partners

372 West Ontario

Chicago 60610



312.573.1726 fax


312.622.0409 mobile

From: vicpeng [mailto:vicpeng(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 1:25 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Handrails...


BTW, do you guys across the border make a (structural) distinct between "handrails" and "guardrails"?

Thor A. Tandy P.Eng
Victoria, BC