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The railing serves two important functions: safety and visual beauty. That applies equally whether it is made of wood, aluminum, glass or composite railings to name a few as well.

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Mesh Hog Panels For Deck Railing and Residential Guardrail Requirements 
We are replacing our deck railing and screening in our back porch and are thinking of using industrial grade mesh panels for the railing. Will this meet …

Humming Noise On Verandah Railings 
We have a really loud humming noise coming from our metal veranda posts and rails when the wind blows. It keeps us awake. The system seems to be well …

How to stop a noisy aluminum baluster on vinyl railing system? 
I have just installed a new vinyl railing system with aluminum balusters. The railings have aluminum reinforced inserts on the top and bottom rails. …

Is there removable deck railing 
Our deck railing has to be be removed for winter because of the pitch of the roof. The snow during the winter is the problem. How can you build a railing …

Best way to secure railing at 10' spans? 
We have used 6x6 support posts for our deck. They are sunk 3 ft into concrete piers and form part of the footing. My question is, what is the best …

Deck Railing Height With Bench? 
I am building a deck railing on a deck that is a little over 6 ft tall from the ground. It is just a short section that is jutted out from the main deck …

Installing railing posts on elevated chamferred bases 
I am looking for the company that built a railing system in Seattle Madrona neighborhood that uses 6x6 cedar posts, drilled through the center to accommodate …

Iron Railing for a Composite Deck 
I am putting up a deck using composite deck boards, mainly to reduce the required maintenance. We have a horse farm and I have all the maintenance projects …

Aluminum railings surface mount vs side mounting on deck 
Love your site as it is very informative. I just wanted to clarify one item for you. Aluminum railings do not need to be surface mounted and that welded …

How to Increase the height of an existing railing by 4" 
I have an 80' deck which is 12' off the ground. The deck rail was built to a height of 38". I am in Ontario and the building code here requires it to …

Rail Post or no post 
We had a deck constructed by a carpenter. He built the deck hand rails and stair handrails with 1x1 spindles supporting a 2x6 top rail. He did not …

Railing Solutions For Deck Over Dry Living Space 
I have an upper deck at our cottage with a finished living space beneath. The deck sits directly over the great room . There is a Dura-deck membrane …

Roof Deck Guardrail 
I'm planning a roof deck on an existing flat modified bitumen roof. I want to use modular deck tiles for the walking surface. The problem is finding …

Brazillian Walnut and Cable Railing  
After a year long wait my wife finally has her deck. It is made of IPE decking with 2" square tubing line posts and top rail with 3/16" stainless aircraft …

Attaching top rail banister directly to house 
I just got home from work only to find out that part of the railing on my new composite deck was attached to my vinyl house with a bracket which is visible …

Aluminum railing and posts not vertical  
I had an aluminum railing installed on my deck by a company who started out of plumb with the first post by 1/4". I know that doesn't sound like much, …

No room for post base skirts/collars 
We have installed the posts and railings and had planned to add skirts/collars around the base of all the posts. However, the clearance (between the …

DIY' er - Options for Attaching Rails to Posts 
I want to attach my deck rails (cedar 2x4) to the post vertically on both top and bottom rails. I want to attach them centered on the sides of the post. …

Deck with 'false' Top Rail 
I am building a deck for a hot tub and surrounding it with appropriate railing. It is 6' off the ground level so railing will need to be 42" high (PEI …

Method of attaching balusters on fir railing 
What is the proper method of attaching 2"x42" fir balusters to a fir railing system? Should nails or screws be used?

Glass with wood frame railing - expansion and thickness 
I had a mature walnut tree hit my house and deck, and it wiped out a couple sections of my railing. I have a heavily wooded backyard, and was thinking …

How to attach a wood rail post to side of the house? 
My house has wood siding and I would like to know how to attach a wood rail post to the side of the house. Do i cut out the siding to fit the post then …

Railing Span and Post Spacing With Ipe 
I am replacing an old deck using Ipe wood. Is it alright to have my railings 7' railing span between posts? Most sites suggest 4' to 6' span between …

Railings in Ontario on 40" high deck 
I have a deck that is 40" from the ground and therefore requires "railings" or tempered glass etc... I am wondering if for example the deck is 40" …

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Deck Stairway Railing 
I am trying to finish a job that a contractor started on some deck railing. The deck is roughly 8 ft above surrounding grade. The stairway has one handrail …

Railing Options for 10 Foot Gap 
I am installing a railing system that has a gap of roughly 10 feet. I have split the difference and want to put a 42" 4x4 post in with a nice cap and …

Bottom Railing Ideas to Hide Uneven Balusters 
We have just replaced the railings on our old deck. Actually there were no railings there at all - just that green mess screening that you use in the …

Wood Posts in Concrete 
I'm building a railing on a concrete raised patio. The posts are going to be 6x6. How would you recommend attaching the posts to the concrete so they …

Cable Instead of Balustrades 
I want to use horizontal cable instead of wooden 2x2s. Is there a code requirement for the cable size I need? Do I need to tighten it to a certain …

Cable Railing 
We are wanting to put in a horizontal cable railing on our deck. The cable has to withstand a lateral force of 200 lbs. My question is, will the titan …

Attaching cedar cap rail to 2x4 rails 
I am trying to decide the best way to secure a nice shaped cedar cap rail over the top 2x4 rail. The deck railing is built. Each railing panel is between …

Guards and Railing requirements not quite matching up 
Our deck is under 30" in height, however I cannot get the risers on the steps to be only 3. So that would be two treads. We always end up with 4 risers …

2x4 Deck rails connected to 4x4 posts? 
Our deck railing was made from pre-fab 6 foot sections of 1x1 spaced about 5" on center. The top and bottom are 2x4. The "guy" who build our deck so …

Deck Railing and Benches 
My deck is 12 x 24. It is about 2'-6" up off the ground so we believe we should have a railing around three sides. We have railing steps going up both …

Stair rail spacing and code question 
I have a 14ft span of stairs between rails for an unobstructed view to the beach. Should I place rails between and how far apart for code?

Deck floor has a belly in it - how can I make the railing look even? 
The floor of my deck has a belly in it on one side. I installed the railings to be level but they look terrible. Any suggestions on how to create an …

Replace railing not to code? 
I am replacing the deck and the existing railing isn't to code. Can I replace the existing railing if I don't alter the plan or do I have to build to code? …

Choosing Railing Design 
We are building a new home and the decks are nearly completed but we are unsure what type of railing design to use. Do you have the ability to take …

Railings and Benches 
I am building a deck and some of it is more than three feet off of the ground. I would like to put a bench around the outside edge of it and was wondering …

Sunburst Wood Railing Design 
I have a request to put in a starburst handrail, they want a 1/2 moon at the bottom of the spindles and I'm not sure how to build it. Should I use 36" …

Using Vinyl Railings and Metal Railing Sections 
I'm installing a new vinyl railing on our deck of our mountain house. (cold in winter, hot in summer). I've been told to use one with Aluminum "inner support" …

How to Install Stair Railings at Right Angle 
Is there an easy way to install stair railings at the right angle?

Attaching Balusters to Nailers: Wood Size, Resisting Load Capacity, and Safety Factors Not rated yet
I have two questions that concern attaching balusters to nailers in the rail assembly: 1) Is it permissible to use 2x2 material to attach balusters …

rounding 2x6 boards convex on top? Not rated yet
I have an existing railing with 2x6 redwood boards on top. It's about 100 ft. long in an L shape. I want to refinish it, but also make a slight convex …

Can you use horizontal balusters instead of vertical balusters  Not rated yet
Can you use horizontal 2x6 balusters in place of vertical balusters as long you keep the 4 inch gap minimum? Editor's Comments There is nothing …

Rail height measured from deck or built in bench seat Not rated yet
I am a designer from Vancouver, doing a house in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. The client wants a bench incorporated into the guard rail design in their deck. …

Compliant Glass Railing Panels for deck railing in Ontario Not rated yet
Wondering if there are minimum performance specs to be code compliant for glass panels surrounding a deck. I am in Ontario. The deck railing will be 36" …

Securing requirements for balcony railing - Is from bottom only acceptable? Not rated yet
I am about to buy a condo in an apartment style building that's abut 6 yrs old, in Ontario, Canada. During the home inspection we noticed that the glass …

Top Rail Support Question - Need unique solution  Not rated yet
I'm getting to the point in my deck build where I will be adding the railing. I plan on doing a cable railing system which will run the cable horizontal …

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How to cover galvanized pipe posts with wood for no maintenance post cover Not rated yet
I have existing 2 3/8 outer diameter galvanized pipe (used as a post) on a cement deck and would like to use a 4 X 4 trex post cover and rail system. …

Hand railing requirements for platform deck Not rated yet
I would like to build a platform deck about 17" off the ground, 2 steps all around treads will be 16 1/2" and a 7 1/2 rise. I am in Oldham county, KY. …

Building A Wheelchair Ramp Railing Not rated yet
I have to build a ramp with railing for wheelchair access to the front of my house. The rise and run for the ramp. It will rise 16" above grade, so …

Shadow Rail Connectors and Stair Railings Not rated yet
My husband and I have been replacing our deck and are at the point of installing the deck and stair railings. We're using the Titan Deck Post Anchors …

Stair railing post spacing in Ontario Not rated yet
I am just finishing up the railing on my deck. I have a 42" high wood railing with 2x4 bottom rail 3.5" off deck with wood 2x2's attached to outside …

Are there12 foot deck railing spans Not rated yet
Are they any railing manufacturers that make a deck rail panel that can span 12 feet between posts? I am trying to make my life easier. I would prefer …

Azek Premier Railing Not rated yet
How difficult is it the Azek Premier Railing to install?

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