Kee Klamp Handrail v Disabled Access Handrail - What is the difference?
Creating a handrail to suit each individuals requirements is actually quite easy when using fittings to connect the tube. Designs using Kee Klamp are probably easier to get your head around, as all fittings can be kept the same size on both the upright sections and the rail itself. Size 7/42.4mm is usually the size which we would recommend as this is the standard to fit the average hand size.
Our Kee Access NDA(National Disability Authority) fittings are designed to fit onto a size 8(48.3mm) upright, while still holding a size 7 handrail. As well as the differing tube sizes, some of these fittings in this range are required to work in unison with each other to lock in the tube.
So how do we know which handrail type should be used?
Who will depend on the Handrail?
The most important thing to consider when installing a handrail system, is the person who will be most reliant on using it. If being constructed to protect someone in particular, then the handrail should be created in whichever fashion is most appropriate to their needs. This can apply to home or private use, where the user is reliant on the rail for access or egress. Or they may require internal handrail to help them move within the house.
Disabled Access Handrails
If suffering from a disability, even short distances to travel can be a real nightmare. In this case, Kee Access disability fittings can really help. The difference with these and the regular Kee Klamp fittings is that they are designed specifically to provide a smooth and continuous handrail, one which will allow a hand to pass along its entirety without encountering any sudden bumps or breaks.
Tube And Fitting Alignment
Handrails built with regular castings (such as Kee Klamp) require the tubing to pass through the inside of the clamp, thus creating a shoulder where the two meet. A persons hand will meet that shoulder when passing along, which can create discomfort.
An NDA fitting connects to the tube while aligning the outside of the tube with the outer edge of the fitting. This eliminates any shoulder between the two, thus allowing a hand to pass effortlessly along the handrail. So for somebody with a disability, this type of handrail construction would be the ideal choice.
Kee Klamp Fittings
Where this is not a necessity, Kee Klamp fittings will work just fine, and create a strong and durable handrail. Like their NDA alternative, they are supplied hot dip galvanised to BS EN ISO 1461.
Angled Fittings For Slopes
Both ranges of fittings contain angled fittings for use on slopes or uneven ground. Our base flanges are suitable for use with both handrail types, as these only support the upright tubes and do not come into contact with the hand. These include:
Connecting the Tube
The tube is connected into the fitting using a grub screw, which is tightened with an allenkey. Although very simple to install, it is sometimes necessary to have two people involved, one to hold the tube and fittings in place as the other tightens up the grub screw. This is especially the case with the Kee Access fittings, which can be trickier to hold in place while tightening.
Reduce Handrail Installation Time
We try and make it as simple as possible for you to construct your own handrail, hence our name. We know how important peoples time is, so for this reason we are happy to cut the tubing to size for you, dramatically reducing installation time.
However, this won't always be possible with some jobs, as it is can be difficult to gauge the length of the tube without being on site.
Give us a call if in any doubt as to what fittings you require for your project. A loading chart can be found on our Safety Components Catalogue, which helps calculate the spacings for your uprights. You can also find other useful information which can help with design. View our NDA Manual for help with designing a disability handrail. Here you can find very useful diagrams which show exactly how the fittings work in different designs.
If unsure of what you require, let us know and we can design your handrail for you and issue you a quote based on your needs.