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Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:36:09 PM | Another handrail issue




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Sorry if this issue has come up before, I can't find anything about it. I'm using Revit 2014.

Why, when you have '3' risers or less AND when you edit the handrail to extend one tread at the bottom so it reaches the ground does the slope of the handrail mess up. I've attached imaes to demonstrate. Is there an option to automatically extend the handrail one tread, this is Australian standard, we all have to do it (plus we have to extend the handrail 300 flat at both ends)

There is a workaround, by changing the elevation of the bottom flat section, but this is annoying.  I know it's only like 500 off the ground so in many situations you might not even need a handrail, but it's a public place so I believe it will be required.

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Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:17:33 PM | Handrail Extension Not Working on 3 or Less Risers




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Any ideas? Is there a way to fix this?

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Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:25:20 PM | Another handrail issue




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Sorry if this answer is coming to you too late, but here's a suggestion for your problem:


You can try using the Handrail family (not to be confused with the Railing family or Top Rail family). If you go to your Project Browser and scroll down to Families > Railings > Handrail Type you should see a list of Handrail families. Revit should have a couple in there by default.


Right-click one of the familes under Handrail Type and choose 'Type Properties.' You'll notice that, unlike the typical Railing family, the Handrail family has Extension Options that let you extend the handrail any distance you want from either end of the rail. You can Duplicate this family and create your own handrail with its own unique profile, hand clearance, extension settings, supports (brackets), etc.


What I then do is create a new Railing family (just duplicate one of the existing Railing families), go to the 'Type Properties' and under 'Handrail 1' I add my new handrail family in the 'Type' slot. Be sure the choose either Left or Right for the 'Position' slot or your handrail won't show up. Revit doesn't make it clear which direction is left or right, so you'll have to do some trial and error to see which direction is correct. I then delete all of the railing structure and balusters in the Railing faimly so that only my handrail shows up when I draw the railing.


You should see the extensions on the railings when you sketch it's path (make sure you have the 'Preview' box checked). The neat part about this is if you set your Extension properties correctly, you can simply draw the railing on your stair from the bottom riser to the top riser without the need to manually extend the path. Don't forget to host your railing to the stair after you've finished sketching its path.

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