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BRO931 10-03-2012 01:12 PM

42" deck rail height required in N.C.?
The last time I built a deck, the code in North Carolina was 36" minimum height for deck rail (a.k.a. guard). Just took a look at the 2009 IBC with 2012 N.C. amendments and Section 1013 on Guards says 42" minimum height.

Did N.C. up it from 36 to 42 inches? I hope not. I just built an extension to my deck with the same guard rail height as the old section, 38 inches.

snrubr 10-03-2012 01:56 PM

42" deck rail
I sure hope that NC regs didn't change the height on railings or I'm going to be in the same boat as you are since I made all of my 36" off of the deck floor. I'm also located in NC. :(

Pianolady 10-03-2012 02:05 PM

woodworkbykirk 10-03-2012 02:56 PM

locally handrails must be a minimum of 36" when the landing or deck is below 6' high. onces its at or above 6' it now has to be 42"

BRO931 10-03-2012 03:44 PM


Originally Posted by Pianolady (Post 1023033)

Thanks Pianolady. I forgot to check the residential code in addition to the building code. Never could figure why they are not one in the same.

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