The “Rail of Shame” page is our homage to the ugly, unsafe and rusted railings we run across in our pursuit to rid the world of welded railing. Below you’ll see real examples of railings here in the great State of Texas and why it made it into our “Rail of Shame”.
See Spot run!
It only takes a small scratch to start a wound on this painted railing. Had this pipe been galvanized first, this scratch would be barely noticeable.
Caught Green Handed
Getting caught green handed is a potential issue when painted rails aren’t painted properly. On the bright side the pipe is galvanized. Unless proper surface preparation is done, paint won’t stick. Modular Railing Systems uses a high quality powder coating process and detailed surface preparation to make sure this never happens in the field.
Look Out Below!
This beautiful railing is missing one thing, Toe Boards! Toe boards are required for railing systems where people may access the area below the railing. Unfortunately this railing is right over a playground area.
Guardrail or Handrail?
It’s a Guardrail, no it’s a handrail, no it’s a guardrail. This railing transitions to a short staircase. Unfortunately, the top rail height requirement for guardrails is 42” and handrails is 36”. One of them has to be wrong.
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again
This picture presents an issue that welded railing systems tend to face consistently when it comes to accurate design. On close inspection you can see the many places previous anchors were installed. Modular Railing Systems are pre-engineered and designed to allow for easy field adjustments.
Pick Your Poison!
By welding on deterrence for young people who might want to use the railing for skateboarding, this railing is no longer ADA compliant. We can also see significant corrosion at the base of the railing. Concrete is harsh on painted steel.
Anyone Have a Coat?
When railing systems aren’t properly painted or if rust has started to run rampant on the railing systems using multiple coats of paint can end up being the only option. This poor railing looks like it has been painted more times than the old Texas Cyclone at Astroworld.
This Rail Has Some Moves!
When rails lean farther than Michael Jackson’s smooth criminal video, it may be time to replace your railing systems. Fortunately Modular Railing Systems gives customers the ability to replace individual pipes within the system vs replacing the entire system.
Pop Goes the Railing!
Rust has a tendency to weaken welded railing systems and when this process starts, it’s not uncommon for the entire railing to be replaced at high cost.
This railing couldn’t have been older than 6 months. Already the paint is chipped and the steel underneath is rusting.
It Can Be a Cold, Cold World!
Not only are these cold galvanized touch ups at the end caps not matching the rest of the railing they are already starting to rust at the bubble gum welds.
Splitting at the Splice!
Rust once again conquers another welded system. Unfortunately for this customer, replacing this structure in its entirety is the only option.
Don’t Lean Back!
It’s nice when you know someone has your back! Unfortunately this picture shows a bench that won’t help you in the event you decide to lean back. We counted 6 people eating lunch on these benches at this downtown Houston federal building.
U-g-l-y You Ain’t Got No Alibi!
Ugly Splice Alert on Aisle 12!
Take a stab at guessing what’s wrong with this one? ADA compliant handrails cannot end in a protruding pipe. The end must have a d-return or be curved such as to prevent walking into a sharp end of the pipe.
Railing Too Short
Let’s hope the previous owner of that 12 pack didn’t wind up going overboard. Whoever designed this railing should have known that the top rail height needs to be 42” not 35 ½”.
Field Fabrication Nightmare!
This obviously field fabricated railing has some of the worst welds we have ever seen. Probably a bad idea to try to weld two round pipe together like this.
Giants to the Left, Children to the Right
Stair hand rails should be between 34 and 38 inches. On this one staircase we have 44” on one side and 33” on the other.
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