Deck with 'false' Top Rail
by John McIver
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 ,Canada).
My hot tub is 39" high and I have a reasonably good view. To avoid losing my view, can I construct the railing with a 'false' top rail at 39" and another 'real' top rail at 44 or 46" with the space in between (5-7") clear of any material?
The local building inspector doesn't seem to say yes or no, but wants me to send him a sketch of my plans.
Do you know of any regulation on this?
I already have an approved permit for the deck, stamped by a structural engineer. I know that the space between the deck and bottom of the lower rail must be 4".
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