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    Default About that 4" space in safety railings

    We've always known about this issue of too much space between the uprights of a safety railing. Most of us call it out. Inevitably, the buyer and/or Realtors blow it off.

    Here's a good example of why they shouldn't.

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    It all turned out well but it could have had a very different and tragic ending.

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    Default Re: About that 4" space in safety railings

    Are you talking of these spaces?

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    Default Re: About that 4" space in safety railings

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    Are you talking of these spaces?
    I've seen a little duct tape used to help reduce the space between those. The stair railings would need other solutions though.

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    Default Re: About that 4" space in safety railings

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    Are you talking of these spaces?
    Those are larger than 4 inches. They won't fit threw. Maybe if you squeeze them a little.


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    Default Re: About that 4" space in safety railings

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    Are you talking of these spaces?
    Rick,

    The spacing for the balusters/guard in-fill along the sides of stairs is allowed to be 4-3/8" ... but don't tell anyone, if they are not smart enough to know that, let them reduce that spacing to 4" - it is safer that way.

    With regard to the other items in that photo ...

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