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tonyg1 08-30-2011 09:09 AM

Need some advice on stair balusters and railing
 
Hello, I am just about to install my balusters, newel post and railing tonight. I bought a 48" newel post and my balusters are 34" I have 7 stairs with each stair having two balusters.

My question is this.... I purchased 11 34" balusters to complete the project. But i think I goofed up because there all 34" I did not get for each stair a 34" and 38" baluster. I did not think of that at the time.. If i go ahead and use two 34" balusters for each stair will that work out okay or do i have to use a 34 and 38 inch baluster for each stair tread? Thanks

tonyg1 08-30-2011 11:27 AM

Okay, just in case I may have confused anyone. All I would like to know is if I use two balusters per stair tread can they both be 34" high or do you have to use a 34" and the other one 38"? thanks

Jackofall1 08-30-2011 11:48 AM

The thickness of your upper handrail will determine how much you will have to cut off the balusters, as the top of the rail should be 34" measured from the front edge of the thread (step).

If your tread is 10" to meet current code chances are you will need (3) balusters per step to meet the 4" sphere clearance code.

Mark

tonyg1 08-30-2011 12:51 PM

Thanks for the reply there mark.. I got ya on the 4" code and that I may need to add a third baluster if i dont make the 4" code. But what i am confused about still is I have read of course after i bought all the materials, that people use a 34" for the first baluster and the second baluster 38"... Of course all the balusters i purchased are 34". So my first and second baluster will be 34" which will work but is that okay to do it that way or do i need to return some of the 34" and buy the 38" ? thanks

Jackofall1 08-30-2011 01:39 PM

Tony, The length of the baluster is determined by the space you have from the bottom of the rail (set at 34"- measured from the front edge of the tread to top of rail) to the tread.

For example if your rail was 4" deep, you would need a baluster starting at 30" and depending on the angle of the rail the balusters get progressively longer.

Make yourself a scale drawing of the rail set up and see what length you need, my guess you will need some 38" long balusters for the back postion.

Mark

SteelToes 08-30-2011 01:52 PM

If your top rail is at the same angle parallel with your stairs it should be all one size balusters.

Jackofall1 08-30-2011 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by SteelToes (Post 718004)
If your top rail is at the same angle parallel with your stairs it should be all one size balusters.

That would only be true if you had a bottom rail running parrallel with the top, not so with a single top rail with balusters to the stair tread.

Mark

SteelToes 08-30-2011 02:10 PM

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Well depends on the turning length

Jackofall1 08-30-2011 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by SteelToes (Post 718024)
Well depends on the turning length

The reference you are looking at is referring to the way the balusters are installed (which end is cut and how) related to a paticular style, but, the balusters are still at varying lengths.

Mark

SteelToes 08-30-2011 02:24 PM

Yes, but with the different lengths of the balusters design profiles would not end up spaced out the same, so you would have to get the same size baluster and accommodate for the difference trimming the bottoms, no ?

Jackofall1 08-30-2011 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by SteelToes (Post 718034)
Yes, but with the different lengths of the balusters design profiles would not end up spaced out the same, so you would have to get the same size baluster and accommodate for the difference trimming the bottoms, no ?

Yes now I understand what it is you are getting at, the turned length is the same but the OA is changing, and I was thinking purely about OA length.

Mark

SteelToes 08-30-2011 02:32 PM

When its all said and done there is usually more said than done...:thumbup:

BigJim 08-30-2011 06:01 PM

34 inch balusters will be too short for two of the balusters with three per each step. Read what the first illustration says in Steeltoes post about the difference in length of each baluster. Depending on the style post you have and your rise, and the way you mount it, 48 inches may be too short for your post also.


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