What Is The Difference Between Pipe and Tube?

You have probably heard pipe and tube used interchangeably but are they different. The answer to that question is yes!  The biggest difference between pipe and tube is there shape. Pipe will always be round however tube can be round, square or rectangular. Below are several other factors that make pipe and tube different. Pipe […]

What Is “The Ladder Effect”?

The 2000 International Residential Code (IRC) states that guardrails . . . shall not be constructed with horizontal members or other ornamental pattern that results in a ladder effect. It has never been in the International Building Code (IBC). This was removed in the 2001 code cycle and was published in the 2001 IRC supplement. […]

Improving Corrosion Resistance of Stainless Steel

Oxidization causes steel to rust. But, oxidization is not unique to steel. All metals oxidize. Aluminum will develop a film which will come off as black if the surface is not sealed. Brass and bronze will tarnish — which in some cases is desired. Stainless steel is subject to staining and rusting if the surface […]

Building Codes for Handrail and Guard Railings

Prior to using any railing products, it is incumbent on designers, fabricators and installers to make themselves familiar with local building codes that apply to their applications. Most municipalities and local code bodies do not write code — they adopt codes prepared by various code bodies. Historically, model codes were prepared by code bodies such […]

My Least Favorite Wall Mounting Brackets

I came across this wall mounting brackets recently. I have yet to figure out why the extension block between the bracket and the handrail exists. This was an exit stair in a hotel in San Francisco. My initial thought: it has to meet the requirements for clearance between the underside of the handrail and the […]

Stainless Steel Care and Maintenance

The Wagner Companies stocks a railing components and custom formed parts in stainless steel. They are available in Type 304 Stainless Steel — an austenitic stainless steel containing 18% chrome and 8% nickel (often referred to as 18-8 stainless). Some products are also available in Types 316 and 316L. Type 304 is an ornamental grade. […]

Top 3 Reasons to Use Shopwagner.com

Convenience You’re busy. During the day, you’re preparing quotes, visiting customers and installing products. With shopwagner.com, you can enter your orders and get pricing 24/7. Better Pricing If you use shopwagner.com and subscribe to our updates, you will be the first to know about web discounts. Also, look for clearance specials throughout the site on […]

Who Really Uses Speed Rail Fittings?

Whether you’re designing a playground, handrail, queue rail, material handling card, or railing around the Space Shuttle launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center, Speed-Rail® produces a mechanical fitting system to meet your needs. Speed-Rail Fittings are the standard in a broad range of industries and they are made in the USA. Consider some of […]

Railing Extension Requirements

Railing Extensions for Ramp Rails Ramp handrails extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beyond the top and bottom of the ramp runs. Railing Extensions on Stairs Top Extension on Stairs – Handrails extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beginning directly above first riser nosing. Handrails extend horizontally above the […]

Critical Considerations: Selection of Pipe & Tube Bending Services

Pipe and tube bending services continue to be in high demand in an increasingly competitive custom metal fabrication market. Finding a reliable source for quality precision tube bends, delivered on time, while meeting ever tightening lead time expectations is a daunting task. You will need a versatile, value-focused partner, not just a supplier, to serve […]


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