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Old 06-12-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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need to replace old balcony handrailing made out of 2x4s and pickets

Hi, I need to replace old hand railing around my balcony. It has plywood on the floor which is still o.k. (replaced once) the size is 4`x20`. I`m looking for some ideas on how to do this. Or if someone knows any u-tube videos that I can watch. I do have all the power tools.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:42 AM   #2
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Need more Input. Pics for sure. How high above the ground?



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Plywood of any type is a very bad choise for an exposted deck!
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Originally Posted by joecaption View Post
Plywood of any type is a very bad choise for an exposted deck!
Plywood is perfectly fine for balconies as long as it is properly waterproofed. Back in the day balconies were built by catalevering off the house and decked with the same plywood subfloor. Does anybody know if this is how it is done today?

To answer the OP question, guardrails need to be at least 36" high with balusters no more than 4" apart. If you connect the rails to a toe kick, it cannot be more than 4" off the deck and should be at least 1" off the deck to allow for drainage.

Other than that any rail and baluster design for a deck will work. One consideration when mounting posts try place them in the same location, otherwise you will need to waterproof the old holes. Can you provide the current layout of the posts so the experts can tell if they meet code?

Since you have everything removed from balcony, this would be a good opportunity to cover the surface with a waterproof membrane. Depending on how you previously waterproofed the deck, you may need to replace the plywood again.

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