We're looking at a project in Calif. with exterior concrete stairs on grade...hand rails on both sides, no guard rails needed. The handrails will be constructed on 1.5" dia. round tubing. If the vertical supports are made from the same tubing, does that comply with the Continuity requirements called for in 1012.4. as allowed by 1012.4 excptn 3? And also 1133B4.2.6? Most of the graphics in both the code and references appear to show this condition.