Adjustable Glass Railing System Achieves Precise Installations

The TAPER-LOC XAL Adjustable Glass Railing System helps glaziers achieve precise railing installations.

The TAPER-LOC XAL Adjustable Glass Railing System helps glaziers achieve precise railing installations.

C.R. Laurence has introduced its patented TAPER-LOC XAL Adjustable Glass Railing System to help glaziers achieve precise railing installations.

The TAPER-LOC XAL Adjustable Glass Railing System allows up to 3/4-inches of glass angle adjustment at a 42-inch height to compensate for uneven substrates or angular variations between glass lites. This results in spans of glass that are plumb and aligned at the top glass edge, even if the base shoe sections are not even. It is designed for use with 11/16- and 27/32-inch laminated tempered glass.

The system works by utilizing proprietary adjustable tapers that are made of engineering grade polymer. The tapers expand in thickness when compressed using the TLK12 precision torque tool, mechanically locking the glass panels to the base shoe. The tapers, along with the setting base, space the glass away from the vertical walls of the base shoe, allowing for glass angle adjustment. This provides the added benefit of protecting the glass panels from damage during insertion and, at the same time, centers the glass in the pocket.

The TAPER-LOC XAL Adjustable Glass Railing System is compatible with the C.R. Laurence Safety-Seal technology. Typically, glaziers need to reach over a glass railing to roll in the drop-side rubber seal. This action increases the risk of injury because glaziers can fall over the railing. The Safety-Seal bypasses this step because it’s installed in the base shoe before the glass is. The result is an installation method that is safer and faster than standard procedures.

The TAPER-LOC XAL Adjustable Glass Railing System exceeds building code lateral load and pullout force requirements, and it’s engineered to meet the 2015 IBC. It’s also an ICC-ES approved base shoe system for glass railings, which means it will be accepted by code officials in construction projects nationwide.

As a dry-glaze system, the TAPER-LOC XAL Adjustable Glass Railing System reduces installation time by as much as 50 percent and expedites glass replacement in the event of damage. The system can be used with C.R. Laurence 9BL68, 9BL21, L68S, and L21S Base Shoes.

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