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Old 05-07-2007, 02:04 PM   #1
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1. Has anyone seen or done a deck railing using horizontal steel pipes? I have noticed some in my area and would like that on my new deck once it is built.

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It is possible that you might run into either code or safety issues. Horizontal pipes are great in an industrial situation, but a home is different.

When you go to sell your home, a home inspector may point out the safety issue because children can fit through and fall or choke. - The codes require no more than a 4" wide gap on decks and stairways, for example. Home inspections do not always relate directly to codes, but do address safety issues even if they comply with code approvals.

I still have not figured out how the strung cables pass some of the codes even if they are strong enough.

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1. Has anyone seen or done a deck railing using horizontal steel pipes? I have noticed some in my area and would like that on my new deck once it is built.
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I think that what you are seeing are the cable railing sytems.

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http://www.cablerail.com/standard/installation.shtml
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Here is a picture of what I am referring to. I know the whole "climbing" thing could be an issue. But if they were spaced at no more than 4" apart, I guess I don't see why they would not pass code. I have seen SEVERAL houses in newer developments with these railings.
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I have done the vertical ones a couple of times. Dekorators or some such brand. They look nice and aren't as climbable. Sort of expensive IIRC. I was also thinking copper pipe, lettering cleaned off and treated to accelerate the verigation process may look nice some day.
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Its called Piperail and Deckorators makes it. http://www.deckorators.com You would want to check as some codes may not allow it even if the spaces are less than 4" because kids can climb it like a ladder and may fall over the edge.
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I used cedar with vertical aluminum posts. Very cost effective I think. Drilled the holes and pushed in the posts. It only took a day to drill and install. I installed the posts 4.5" OC and the posts are 3/4" diameter to technically the the gaps are 3 3/4" apart I believe.

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What did you use for the pipes?
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What did you use for the pipes?
If you were asking me, I used 3/4" aluminum posts that were factory painted black. I found them an menards for $1.04/piece. I also found them at HD and Lowes but they were more expensive.
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Did they come that length or did you have to cut each one to size?
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Did they come that length or did you have to cut each one to size?
They came cut to 30" size.

Go to home depot and search "Dek Rail" and you will see them.


Here they are as HD but a lot more expensive. They are sold in all different lengths.

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