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Old 04-03-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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I've started replacing the old, worn out railing in my house with a new one. I've decided to go with red oak and wrought iron balusters. I've never done this before, and figuring out the spacing on the balusters was a much harder undertaking than I expected.

In the end, I decided on 4.25" on center for the middle balusters, with the end balusters being 4" in from the post (on one side) and the wall (on the other side). My goal was to have less than 4" in between the balusters, which I accomplished, but the problem is becuase the end post goes in in the middle, the distance between the end baluster and the narrowest part of the newl post is greater than 4". Not by much, but maybe a half an inch. The balusters I'm using are 1/2" thick, by the way.

My question is, will this be a problem and, if so, how do I correct it now. I'm worried that if we ever sell the house, I will fail the inspection for the Certificate of Occupancy. Would I be able to temporarily attach something to the post to make it pass? I was thinking about sandwiching the post between two boards that are slightly wider than the post, and through bolting the boards. Would that pass?

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Old 04-03-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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The odds of that rail failing a CO are slim to none IMO.
That gos for the home inspector too that any potential buyer might bring in.
Side note; for aesthetics I think I would have tried to hide the screws under the rail sleeves on the plate.
Just my opinion.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:03 PM   #3
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One more thought for the hand rail on the wall.

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Thanks for the response... Maybe I'm just overthinking it. Thanks for the compliment. I'm not sure what you mean by hiding the screws under the rail sleeves on the plate though. The screw holes will be covered by red oak wooden cross-grain plugs (the flush kind, not the button kind) once I get the one's I ordered last week.

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Oh, thanks... I should have stated that the railing on the wall is the original railing that I will be replacing with a red oak railing, which will be "returned" as you have shown. It's funny how close the colors are of the old railing and the new railing without any stain. I plan on going with a very dark red mahogony stain. Thanks again,

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Thanks for the response... Maybe I'm just overthinking it. Thanks for the compliment. I'm not sure what you mean by hiding the screws under the rail sleeves on the plate though. The screw holes will be covered by red oak wooden cross-grain plugs (the flush kind, not the button kind) once I get the one's I ordered last week.

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Makes total sense now! Lol
Looking at pics on the phone is my problem.
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Looks nice, good job.

Is there anywhere that a 4" spere can fit through the balusters? Looks close at the newel post (narrowest profile) and the first baluster.

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Unfortunately, yes... I believe it would pass through both at the thinner part of the newel post, and against the wall (becuase I measured from the baseboard, not from the wall).
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Do you like it the way it is now?
If so,then when you go to sell the house,rock that sucker and make it a knee wall if it gets noticed or fails inspection.
If that is the extent of your concern.
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Maybe this is a local thing by why would you need a CO on existing construction? I have the same issue on a railing I just put in. But the only person who could possibly catch it in my neck of the woods would be a home inspector. And that's not typically something they are looking for unless it's really obvious.
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Yes, it's a local thing... In New Jersey (home of high taxes and unnecessary regulations), some municipalities require a certificate of occupancy prior to closing. Most only require a certification that the smoke detectors are installed and are operational, but some also require a C.O. I know my municipality requires a C.O. because we just bought this house in September and I remember the sellers having to have a code official walk through the house for the C.O.
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Ahh thanks. What a PITA. I still doubt that railing would cause a problem. And very nice work by the way.
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Yes, it's a local thing... In New Jersey (home of high taxes and unnecessary regulations), some municipalities require a certificate of occupancy prior to closing. Most only require a certification that the smoke detectors are installed and are operational, but some also require a C.O. I know my municipality requires a C.O. because we just bought this house in September and I remember the sellers having to have a code official walk through the house for the C.O.
Southern Jersey here,went through same thing but mine was more concerned with smoke detectors than any thing else.just another way to get some hard earned money from a home owner.
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The railing looks beautiful. Leave it alone. Worry about something else.
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The railing looks beautiful. Leave it alone. Worry about something else.
Thanks... I'm really not worried about it since I have no intentions of moving any time in the near future. I was just wondering if there was an easy fix for it that could be done before I wrap everything up. Thanks again for the compliment.
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