Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Whatcom County Home Inspector (King of the House) Wide Handrails

It is not a problem at guardrails, but when a handrail at stairs is supposed to be graspable then it needs to be something other than a 2x4 or a 2x6 on its side. Codes have all kinds of specifications that define the term "graspable." With outdoor building, at least around here, we see mainly flat handrails at outside decks and stairs.

More often than not the handrail is a 2x4, but I have seen 2x6's and 2x8's. None of those rails are graspable. A guidelines is that flat material needs to be no wider than 2 5/8". The rail below does not cut the mustard. It is inside, by the way.


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Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 4 commentsSteven L. Smith • October 10 2010 06:45PM


Interesting to know Steven. Thanks again for all the information on Activerain!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) over 9 years ago

So, did the County approve it?  I am betting that is not original construction.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago


I doubt the city knows anyting about it. There were many problems.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Pretty, but useless as a handrail for a 6 year old.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago