Deck railing height


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Old 07-23-03, 10:55 AM
tfields
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Deck railing height

What is the standard height for deck railing? My deck is 8 ft above the ground.
 
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Old 07-23-03, 12:10 PM
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OSHA is real fond of 42".. You might check with your building permit department. Even if you did not need or get a permit, you can ask questions.

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Old 07-23-03, 10:35 PM
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Check with your local bldg. dept. and see what is required where you live. Probably 36" minimum. And, at 8' off of the ground, you would be nuts to build this deck without a permit! Does the term LIABILITY mean anything to you? Somebody falls off of the deck, their attorney figures out that there was some little detail that in it's construction that didn't meet code, you get sued, you lose your house. Or, you spend the $150 for the permit, get the inspections, and live happily ever after.
 
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Old 07-24-03, 09:26 AM
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hello tfields,

The standard height for a railing is 36". And the posts should be at least 4 inches apart.
 
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Old 07-24-03, 09:46 AM
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- 36" minimum, 42" preferred.
- No opening in railings more than 4". That is, nothing that will allow a 4" ball (a child's head) through.
- Maximum post spacing of 8', 6' preferred.
 
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Old 07-24-03, 08:01 PM
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Jeff is telling you true. Only exceptions are hand rails for the stairs -- 36" to 38" above the nose of the stair tread. And the 4' ball rule -- the only exception is on the stairs, where the tread, the riser, and bottom of the hand rail form a triangle -- a 6" ball can't pass through that triangle.
 
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Old 07-24-03, 08:27 PM
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Good catch Lefty!
 
 

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