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Old 07-26-2013, 11:36 AM   #16
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That's correct.
I set all mine at 3-3/4 that way if the wood wants to curve before it's inspected it should still pass if they want to get fussy.


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Old 07-26-2013, 03:29 PM   #17
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here handrails only have to be at 42" off the deck platform if the deck is higher than 6' off the ground.. as for spindel spacing code calls for 5" o.c as long as the gap is no more than 4" between .. the actual o.c spacing will vary depending on the thickness of the spindle material. as for gap under the bottom rail there is no code about that here
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the bottom rail holding the picketts going down the steps would certainly not pass. it needs to be closer down to the front edges of the front stair treads about 1/2" to 1" off front tread will work with the 5" round diameter requirement.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:17 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by awsd401 View Post
Thanks for all the replies. We told the contractor to hold off on staining as we are trying to figure out what to do.

We are in San Diego. I went on the city website and found this under residential decks:

"Guards shall provide for a complete protective barrier not less than 42 high completely around the deck if the deck is higher than 30 above grade. Guards shall not have openings which allow passage of a sphere of more than 4 in diameter."

I'm guessing this would apply to the lower rail not only on the stairs but around the whole deck?
The 4" sphere would apply to the rail around the deck, but on stairs the measurement from the rail to the tread is usually 6".
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First of all I've never seen anyone use wood filler.Second the cracks are because they should have drilled and countered sunk the holes.Third the straight pieces won't match because of the 45% angle maybe if he planed the 45% piece a little it would match better.


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