A change of level railing is a code requirement for safety, but there are places where a low wall is appropriate. This detail shows a railing wall at an orchestra pit; but with some modifications, it would be suitable in many other interior locations. The detail relies on a substantial wall forming the change in level so that there is adequate anchorage for the structural angles that give it rigidity.
This railing can be curved, but that greatly increased the complexity for the contractor. NOTE that in most situations, the height would be required to be 42"! Not the 40" shown here.
The decorative finishes have nothing to do with the structural concept. In other situations, painted drywall would work just as well. In a straight railing, a continuous steel tee could be used in place of the double plywood top plate.
- This detail is needed to specify the configuration, construction and materials required for the change of level railing.
- This detail can eliminate the need for specifications covering these conditions.
- These details are referenced in the floor plans.
- You may want a specification covering the quality and installation aspects of these materials.
- These details should be placed on the Interior Details sheet, the A-500 series of sheets per the National CAD Standards, contrary to the designation shown here.
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