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Hi Taylor;
	This is exactly the way we do in California using the 2007
California Building Code (based on the 2006 IBC and ASCE 7-05).
	I?m going to have to check out the NAMM ? Thanks, for the reference!

Terry Weatherby
Engineering and Design
Jackson, CA 

From: Andrew Kester, PE [mailto:akester(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 5:04 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: re: steel stairs

We perform specialty engineering for a couple of steel and aluminium
fabricators, and some of the most popular items are guardrails, handrails,
and stairs.
These have loading criteria in the Florida Building Code (Chapter 16,
available online for free), but I would assume the IBC or ASCE would have
similar guidelines. For guard rails it is 50plf or 200lb, applied in any
direction to the guardrail, whichever creates the worse case situation. They
are NOT to be applied concurrently. The loads have to be taken down to the
main structure, which is by the EOR. This is a gray area that is often
overlooked, but should be coordinated by both parties. 
Stairs are exitways normally and we use 100psf. We will also sometimes throw
a 300lb point load if that creates a worse case. Then the pickets have to be
designed usually for a 4" sphere test (spacing to avoid children getting
their heads stuck), as well as 50lb lateral and some type of PSF
loading, off the top of my head. Nearly never an issue...
When we do school projects this criteria is also in their specs, and
sometimes they are greater then the FBC requirements.
Be careful if these are aluminum, it is hard to make the allowable stress
work sometimes with the post spacings, especially when the base is welded as
this reduces the allowable stress...
Andrew Kester, P.E.
Principal/Project Manager
ADK Structural Engineering, PLLC

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