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    Default Is bug screen acceptable for deck railing

    Is anyone know if bug screen is acceptable in place of balusters (deck is more than 30" above grade) ?

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    Default Re: Is bug screen acceptable for deck railing

    No, insect screening is not a suitable barrier infill panel.

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    Default Re: Is bug screen acceptable for deck railing

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    No, insect screening is not a suitable barrier infill panel.
    I disagree. If you can get an engineer to sign-off on it, it's just fine.

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    Default Re: Is bug screen acceptable for deck railing

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar Alquist View Post
    I disagree. If you can get an engineer to sign-off on it, it's just fine.
    Still not fine - challenge the engineer (report him/her to the state) and they won't do it.

    Now, if the engineer wants to use special high strength wire and tension it between suitable supports which will withstand the tension, and have it pass the load test of 50 pounds per square foot (which includes the air between the strands) ... then have the engineering reviewed by another engineer who agrees - so be it. That would work, but the engineer needs to 'work' at making it work.

    At least in Florida, report the engineer.

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