Install railing next to porch steps???

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Old 02-18-11, 06:02 PM
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Install railing next to porch steps???

I'm looking to add a railing to these porch steps. I'm wondering if it would generally be code compliant if I were to install the railing next to the steps, as seen in the picture. I'm thinking of doing this so that I can then extend the railing in a straight line to the wood post of the porch at the top of the steps. Would it be OK to do this?

 
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Old 02-18-11, 06:26 PM
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Generally, if a kid can get hurt, it is not code,.....meaning if a child has enough room to jam his arm or leg through the void created by you moving the rail over the side of the steps, it will not pass. I'm not an inspector, but I've been guilty of about every code violation you can imagine....once.

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That's understandable. The railing will be installed flush with the side of the steps, so there won't really be any more of a gap than if it were installed on the steps. The top & bottom rail height, baluster spacing, etc. will still be the same (and up to code).

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It COULD be done that way, as long as it meets ALL of the applicable code requirements. Based on the picture shown, the guardrail shown would have to be 42" tall (under the IRC) with a grippable handrail 36" above the tread noses. Spacings would have to meet code so that 4" balls and 6" balls can't pass through the openings as needed. Attahments would have to be strong enough to withstand a 200 lbs. load in all directions.

If you know what the codes are and how the are applied, you're fine. If you don't, DON'T GUESS!!
 
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