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Old 09-19-2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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what is the code?

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Where re you located? That makes a difference.

Here there is no code for a gate that is on the ground, a deck gate or a stair case gate is different.

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I believe the code is 4" but code or no code for once let common sense prevail and place them no farther apart than 4" so a small child has no chance of injury or worse. If it were my project I'd probably go with 3-1/2" spacing.

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The code here is 4 inches, small enough so a baby cannot crawl through
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Kevin - That is for stair railings/gates. Not for yard Gates as I understand it.
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Usually for fences, it is one board spacing, so that it appears consistent when looking at it. More for visual than anything else.
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You're right, Mae-Ling, it is for railings, anywhere there is a drop of 2 ft or more. I've not heard of a building code requirement for a gate where there is no fall hazard - it could be 1 inch or 3 ft, depending on how you want it to look.

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