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    Default Stair Railing Requirements

    Does this rubber netting acceptable for building standards, I bet not. Basement stairwell steps need a railing for safety.

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    Default Re: Stair Railing Requirements

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Morris View Post
    I bet not.
    You win.

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    Default Re: Stair Railing Requirements

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Morris View Post
    Does this rubber netting acceptable for building standards, I bet not. Basement stairwell steps need a railing for safety.
    Sam,

    I would not want to rely on that netting and certainly would recommend a guardrail at the perimeter of the stairwell as well as a handrail for the stairway.

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    Default Re: Stair Railing Requirements

    It's not the netting which is likely the biggest problem ... ... one would likely get tangled up in the netting as they fell and only get slammed against the wall instead of hitting the bottom.

    The post and the top rail of the guard are just as important.

    The posts need to support the top rail (which has apparently already fallen off ... okay, it was never there), and the top rail needs to resist a 200 pound load in any direction at any point.

    The infill panel of the guard (that netting) only has to resist 50 pounds per square foot load (of course, though, the posts also need to keep that netting ... the infill ... in place ).

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    Default Re: Stair Railing Requirements

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    It's not the netting which is likely the biggest problem ... ... one would likely get tangled up in the netting as they fell and only get slammed against the wall instead of hitting the bottom.

    The post and the top rail of the guard are just as important.

    The posts need to support the top rail (which has apparently already fallen off ... okay, it was never there), and the top rail needs to resist a 200 pound load in any direction at any point.

    The infill panel of the guard (that netting) only has to resist 50 pounds per square foot load (of course, though, the posts also need to keep that netting ... the infill ... in place ).

    In other words, what you are showing in those pics is a very dangerous condition. Think of a kid running backwards to try catch a football.


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