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Old 04-14-2010, 04:28 PM   #1
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I reside in a 1 1/2 storey home that has a set of stairs climbing to the Attic/Loft area. There are no railings around the opening of the staircase once in the Loft area. Cannot find the codes for the min height or spacing of the uprights to build a protective barrier railing. Or even to build a half wall. I have been told to apply for a permit and submit a drawing of what I am going to install.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:16 PM   #2
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where are you?
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Balcony railings of 36" are accepted in most jurisdictions, but I have heard of some local codes bumping that up to 42", even for a residential balcony rail, so it is best to check with local authorities first. Ballusters must be spaces so that a 4" sphere cannot pass through anywhere along the height of the railing.
You have to be carefull if using the typical tapered "candle stick" style, as the spacing at the top just below the handrail will slightly exceed this with two ballusters per 12" tread, which is the most common set up. I have not experienced any trouble first hand, but have heard a few stories of really anal inspectors turning this down.
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there are more things than just stairs on this website .. I've found it to be of great help in a number of projects

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http://www.stairways.org/pdf/2006%20...C%20SCREEN.pdf

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(No, it's NOT a bad site! It is some of the neatest stairs you will ever see)
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