Upper Deck #8: Railing Up

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 07-18-2009 05:35 PM 3180 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Makin' Railin' Part 8 of Upper Deck series Part 9: Finished »

Its Saturday morning. It was forecasting for rain (which we desperately need) but it changed and we were to only get showers. So its out at the deck I go.

Here I am admiring the railing. :-)

Four of the five pieces up.

This is the 5th piece.

I hoisted each one up using my handy-dandy tie down straps.

I tapped these blocks in place to ensure that all railings were a uniform distance from the flooring.

Then it was off to the bracing. I removed the strapping and put in its place a 2×4x14. Got it at HD and it was relatively straight. Those little Irwin clamps kept it in place while I shimmied along with the ladder and level and screws. Once held in place I lagged the brace. I must say I love those clamps . . . 4 for $20 at HD. Much better than the el cheapo ones hanging on my wall. These puppies will actually hold some tension.

Then it stated to rain . . . pretty heavy. I went in for a bit of lunch and ran back outside during a reprieve and snapped this progress pic. I am not finished with the railing nor the bracing. Gonna be tomorrow most likely.

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#1 posted 07-18-2009 08:53 PM

Based on the pictures I am concerned that your guardrails do not conform to basic building code. I am pretty sure that all US local building codes subscribe, at a minimum, to the following UBC min requirements for guardrails:

Baluster Spacing (Sphere Rule): The general rule is to install balusters and newel posts between the handrail and flooring materials so that a 4” sphere (the head of an infant) cannot pass through. (This rule applies to any part of the guardrail, including the distance between the floor and the lower horizontal rail.)

The top of guardrails shall not be less than 42 inches in height.

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#2 posted 07-18-2009 10:03 PM

Looks great, and adds a tremendous value to your property well done . Alistair

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#3 posted 07-18-2009 11:17 PM

Zuki, I see a rocking chair, cup of tea and a relaxing sunset in your near future. Very nicely done.

Do any particular Canadian building codes apply here?

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#4 posted 07-19-2009 12:04 AM

I should have blogged that I am not finished with the railing yet.

There is another top rail raising the height to 37”. Deck railing in Canada, last time I checked, was between 36”- 42”. So I’m safe there.

In its current state I would be a little nervous if there was a stiff wind or if I had my life insurance paid up and me and DW had an argument. :-)

Now between the balusters its probably closer to 4.5’ . . . but to be honest I never checked the code for that. Oops . . . :-/

Thanks for the safety\code concerns.

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#5 posted 07-19-2009 12:29 AM

looks real good , zuki .
you sure lucked out having a door up there ,
as the only stairs are going down !
so how is the view ?

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#6 posted 07-19-2009 01:02 AM


looks cool mate and your still with us which is the main thing LOL…..........


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#7 posted 07-19-2009 05:29 AM

Hey zuki
Looks great .The codes here say balustrade should be less than 4” apart for children’s saftey.

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