ADA Handrail – Handrails that are made to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bracket – a projection from a vertical surface that provides support for the handrail.
Baluster – A vertical member such as a post used as an in-fill to limit the size of the opening within a balustrade. It may also function to provide support to the top rail.
– A railing system consisting of everything below the top rail that may consist of any combination of the following: newel posts, ornamental or glass panels, balusters, and base rail.
– A railing made up of posts and horizontal or vertical wire rope cables used for the infill between the posts.
– Posts made to specifically transition the railing from one straight run to the next.
– Sometimes referred to as termination posts. A post made to handle the tension load of cable and is used at the end of a railing run.
used to cover the hardware on the bottom of the railing post.
-The railing post is made to
mount to the front face
, or the band board on the sides of a deck or stairs.
Guard Railing – A structure made of a top rail and a series of post supports and an infill, that is used as a guard or barrier. Guard railings are required on elevated surface of 36” or higher.
A term used to describe the portion of the railing system below the top rail.
– Railing posts that is located between the end posts and corner posts. Sometimes referred to as line posts.
– A very dense Hardwood otherwise known as Braziain Walnut often used as a top rail.
– A round cap made to hide individual hex lag head and washer.
– Railing posts are made to
mount to the surface
of a step or the floor.
– uppermost horizontal member of the railing supported by the posts of the railing system.
Cable and Fitting Terms
A variety of small parts used to attach and tension the cable to the railing posts or structure.
– Small cable fitting piece made to grip an 1/8th inch cable and works in conjunction with a Keuka stud. U.S. Patent No.
Keuka Ratchet Stud –
A combination of the Keuka jaw and Keuka stud working together as a ratchet to grip an 1/8th diameter cable. U.S. Patent No.
Keuka Stud –
A small threaded barrel that works in conjunction with the Keuka Jaw and threads into a level or stair fitting. U.S. Patent No.
Lag Fitting –
A ⅜” inch diameter x either 2 in. or 4 in. long lag screw which allows our stair fitting to attach to a wood structure. .
Level Fitting –
A straight stainless steel barrel with a flange on one end that attaches 1/8th inch diameter cable to a straight run of railing posts.This fitting also provided the ability to tension the cables. U.S. Patent No.
Stainless steel cable
– or wire rope made with 1 x 19 – 1/8th in diameter or 3/16 in diameter stainless steel cable. The cable has 19 individual wires.
Stair Fitting – A pivoting stainless steel fitting that is used on pitched or angled runs. This allows a cable to attach to a post at the top or bottom of a stair or ramp.
– The railing post is made to
slice through the decking
and attach to the deck framing below the surface of the deck.
Banister – A rail supported by posts and fixed along the side of a staircase.
– A rounded leading edge of a stair step.
– Are characterized by having one stringer or rigid structural beam on the inboard side of the treads and open, unsupported on the outboard end of the treads.
– A staircase with the treads and riser ends are housed in the face of the string and concealed.
– The steps follow a gradual helical arc and typically do not make a full circle.
– a floating staircase design that features two stringers (or beams) under the steps, and set in from the edge of the tread.
Characterized by an open design without risers between the treads giving the impression of the stair treads floating.
Gait Line – A pitch line that follows the angle of the stair connecting the nosings of the treads, aka nosing line.
– A handrail is a rail that is properly sized to be grasped by the hand.
– The material used to fill the railing space between the posts, typically cable, glass, or metal.
– A landing is a small platform used to break up a flight of stairs.
– A run of stairs with a bend (typically 90 degrees) in the middle of the stairs.
Mono-Stringer – a floating staircase design that features one stringer (or single beam) under the steps and supports the center of the treads. Also known as center stringer stairs.
– A post at the head or foot of a stair supporting the handrail
The horizontal, protruding edge of the tread on the steps.
– A staircase where the rise or vertical space between each step is open.
– A stair riser is the vertical surface between the adjacent treads on a stair.
– Follow a helical arc and radiate around a central pole.
– A series or flight of steps.
– Term used to refer to the steps, railings, and stairs. It can be used interchangeably with the words stairs or stairway.
– Any stairs that do not change direction.
l – The overall spatial shaft/opening where the staircase is built.
– A step is the tread and the riser.
– A means to provide structural support for the treads.
Total Rise – The total vertical distance from one floor to the next.
– The total horizontal distance of a flight of stairs.
– The horizontal distance between the nose of one tread measured back to a projected vertical line to below an adjacent tread.
– Two straight runs of stairs joined by a landing that creates a 180 degree turn.
– Instead of a flat landing winder stairs have pie-shaped or trapezoidal steps.
– Are a series of steps that are narrower on one side. They can be used to form a circular or spiral staircase.
Zig Zag Stairs
– Stairs with the stringers cut in a zig zag pattern.
– An attractive
formed by an electrolytic process in which the metal forms a protective oxide layer. .
Brushed Stainless Stee
– Typically a #4 polish in a vertical direction using a 150 – 180 grit abrasive sandpaper.
Fine Brushed Stainless Steel
– Typically a #6 polish having a finer grain and a brighter sheen than a #4 brushed stainless steel.
Hot Dip Galvanize
– The process of dipping metal in molten zinc to protect the underlying steel from corrosion.
Mirror Polished Stainless Steel
– A highly reflective finish that is polished and buffed to remove a mirrored look.
A type of coating that is applied as a free flowing dry plastic powder that is typically applied electrostatically and cured under heat forming a durable finish in any color or texture
– A hinged barrier used as an entry or opening in a railing.
A flexible device for gate to swing..
– A metal bar with a catch and lever used for fastening a gate.
Pool Latch –
Release mechanism is located at least 54 inches high or placed on the pool side of the gate at least 3 inches below the top of the gate.
– The gate hinge is designed to pull the door closed after it has been opened and released.