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How to use new Kee Klamp slope fittings

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We recently announced that we have expanded our Kee Klamp range of fittings to include 12 new types to enable handrails to be constructed on steeper gradients.

Until now, when you wanted to construct a handrail on slopes greater than 30° you would have to use a combination of fittings.  While there’s no problem using several fittings, our new range allows a single fitting to be used, creating a more streamlined handrail.

To help you understand how the new range of fittings can be used to create a smooth railing for use on stairs, slopes or other inclines, we’ve looked a two typical layouts for a handrail on stairs with a slope of 30° to 45°.

Typical Handrail Layouts

The first example shows how to construct a handrail using fittings 325, 325A, 326 in either size 7 or 8.

Handrails on slopes greater than 30 degrees

When designing a handrail such as the one above, you will need the following dimensions to calculate the rail lengths for an angle between 30° to 45°.

Calculating rail lengs for Kee Klamp handrails

The following example, shows which fittings you would use to construct a Kee Klamp handrail on slopes between 30° to 45°.

Handrailsf for slopes greater than 30 degrees

To achieve this, we used the following dimensions to calculate the rail lengths.

Dimensions for calculating rail lengths

Benefits of the New Fittings

Constructing a handrail system on an inclined area such a staircase or ramp using the new fittings not only improves the aesthetics of the finished handrail but, importantly, also allows for a quicker and easier installation.

As we’ve explained in the past, there’s no cutting or welding required to construct a handrail using fittings, all you need are some basic tools.  Fittings also offer a high degree of flexibility, allowing you adjust the fittings and tube to the required angle for the handrail.

The new fittings are available in size 7 and size 8 fittings and are designed for use with steel tubing to BS EN 10255.  Kee Klamp® Key Clamps fittings can support an axial load of 900kg per set screw tightened to a torque of 4Kgm (39 Nm).

Further details or our range of Kee Klamp fittings can be found on the fittings section of our website, or you can click here too download our new Kee Klamp Slope Fittings brochure.

Wed, 11/30/2016 – 17:25

Our short guide showing how you can construct handrails on inclines greater than 30° using the new range of Kee Klamp slope fittings.

New Kee Klamp Slope Fittings