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    Handrail position center or offset?

    One of the options I chose for my pool is a handrail for the 8 foot 4 steps in the shallow end. This handrail can be best described as what Snoopy's profile looks like. My neighbor positioned his to the side of the steps and my PB insists that centering the handrail is the way to go (i.e. the point of the hand rail is to be able to use it in the middle). I see both my neigher and my PB point on this issue, but wanted to hear what others have done or would do. My reasoning for wanting it on the side is that the kids like to sit on the steps and kick their legs and make splashes. With the handrail in the center it makes for more of an obstacle. On the side it still allows wanting to use the handrail a means to do so.

    FYI I am pretty sure this is the kind of handrail where the two posts mount on my concrete pad outside of the pool and the lower bar is straight and not the longer hand rail I have also seen where it dips down almost into the water but both pegs are still set in the concrete.

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    Re: Handrail position center or offset?

    I prefer center mounted hand rails for wide steps and side mounted handrails for narrower steps. Center mount requires wide steps so there is enough room for a reasonably large person on either side of the rail.
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    Re: Handrail position center or offset?

    what about either doing 1 rail in the center, or one on each side..?

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    Re: Handrail position center or offset?

    I decided to put mine on the side. That way it is out of the way but still there to use.

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    Re: Handrail position center or offset?

    I chose not to have one installed at all.
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    Re: Handrail position center or offset?

    I think I would tend to lean towards putting it to the side. Not everyone who uses the steps is going to reach for the handrail and if you have a lot of kids around they do tend to like the steps.
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