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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Washington State

    Default Handrail (baluster spacing)

    I commonly call out guardrail spacing that is over 4 inches. However I am wondering if there are some exceptions to this rule. I find it very common that metal handrails at entry steps have balusters that are over 4 inches. Is there an exceptions to this rule in locations such as front and rear entry steps.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Columbus GA

    Default Re: Handrail (baluster spacing)

    Currently the exception is if 30" or less to surface.
    The 4" rule is not all that old, someone may be able to tell you when it was enacted.

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Handrail (baluster spacing)

    Spacing between step rail balusters must not allow a 4 3/8" sphere to pass through.

    Edit: Someone recently posted this pdf, think it was MT but I'm not sure.

    See page 13.

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