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Old 11-11-2005, 02:03 AM   #1
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I'm building some new balusters /w spindles anybody know the spacing codes ? thanks

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Old 11-11-2005, 04:57 AM   #2
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I know the spacing codes where I am. Before spending a bunch of money building them out of code though, you should check with your own building dept.

Code where I am is 4". Actually, I guess in theory, it's 0.001" LESS than 4". It has to be made so that a 4" sphere can't pass betweem them anywhere. So if they're turned, and you make it so the top and bottom are a little less than 4" apart, it'll fail in the center where they're turned down smaller.

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Code here is 4" too. Personally, I space all my balusters at 3 1/2" to far exceed code - I never have to worry about shrinkage either.
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Didn't we discuss this once on the "other side":D ...I remember someone (presumably you Decks) saying they space all spindles 3.5 to allow for shrinkage, turned sections, etc. Had a couple calculators floating around to get the correct spacing with equal end spacing ...hmmm...maybe I'll look for that tomorrow..er..I mean today:o
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The old ones are loose and in need of refinishing and I want to start from scratch with the whole railing... anyone dont this before ...would appreciate the input. There is also a simple formula for finding the correct spacing between your spindles... and its pretty easy ( even for a chick...lol )

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You'll get better answers if you start a new thread.

There's no magical formula for spindle spacing. You need to find out what code requires where YOU live and plan accordingly. The number they give you is maximum space, not center to center.

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