How To Set Your DDA Compliant Uprights On Brick
If you or your business are thinking od installing an outdoor DDA handrail to brickwork to protect residents or the general public, there are a few tips to consider before work can begin. While fixing gaurdrails to brickwork is possible, this blog post provides alternative options and a helpful step by step guide to ensure the public's safety when using the handrail and to provide the best possible barrier for any dangers or accidents that could incur with improper installation.
If this particular system does not meet your specific requirements/design however, the beauty of our DDA Range is our fittings can be configured to make any guardrail system you wish. You can find all our DDA How To Guides here. If you need further assistance or have any sketches you wish for us to look over and advise, please contact us on 020 8254 2626 or email sales@AlvinKeyClamp.co.uk
The above handrail includes a corner change. To find out how to achieve this on your design, please read our guide on How To - DDA Corner Change
The following options explain how the above design can be accomplished
While our A12 baseplates can be used for uprights on concrete (check out our blog pose on uses for handrails on concrete) it is recommended not to use them directly on top of brickwork. If the handrail is put under a certain amount of pressure, this can cause the top layer of bricks to either break off, or eventually the hanrail will lean to one side over time, posing an even great threat of danger and more work, time and money to replace/fix.
To overcome this obstacle, core drilling into the brickwork (approximately 250mm deep) and fill the pocket with resin once the upright has been placed in the hole. Always ensure there is an end loop to terminate the handrail.
If you do not fancy core drilling or deel there is not enough room on top. another option is to fix your uprights to the side of the brickwork. Clamps to consider for this would be our A14, A15 or A16 side plates.
To meet Part K (2013) of the building regulation handrail should "not becoming excessively cold or hot to touch" and “ensure that the handrail will contrast visually with the background against which it is seen without being highly reflective”. This can be achieved through either Powder Coating or painting the hand rail. Find out more information on our Powder Coating and Warm Touch Paint here.
Additional helpful guides about our Key Clamp handrail systems can be found by simply following the links below:
If you need more clarification on the above, or have an idea of what to use but need some assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Please contact us on 020 8254 2626 or email sales@AlvinKeyClamp.co.uk
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