18th November 2019


How do I calculate how many balusters I need?

Baluster Spacing – The general rule of thumb is to have 3 baluster per foot so you do not have any gaps greater than four inches. If you put one baluster every 4 inches on center, then you will typically always be fine. See diagram below.

How many steps before a handrail is required?

Less than 4 risers and the stairs don't require a handrail. But because of the drop in grade on the right side, a guardrail is required. These stairs have 4 risers do a handrail is required. However, since the top of the deck is less than 30 inches guards are not reqired.

What is code for railing height?

R311.7.7.1 Height. Handrail height, measured vertically from the sloped plane adjoining the tread nosing, or finish surface of ramp slope, shall be not less than 34 inches (864 mm) and not more than 38 inches (965 mm).
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