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Deck rail balluster spacing

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Mar 16, 2014, 12:49 PM
kcsgtmajor
Deck rail balluster spacing
I will be replacing my old wood railing on my 2nd story deck soon. I plan to use black round metal balusters. Is there a standard space between them that should be used?
"Semper Fi"
Mar 16, 2014, 01:29 PM
redoverfarm
No more than 4" spacing.
Mar 16, 2014, 02:34 PM
Jaybee
The basic rule is that you cannot have any opening where you can pass a 4" sphere through. Because of slight variances in material, go for a max of 3-7/8" space between each baluster.

If there is a bottom space, it can vary by locality. Certainly not more than 4" but our local code department wants any bottom space to be less than 2-1/4" so as to keep a can from rolling off the edge.


Jaybee
Mar 23, 2014, 12:08 PM
kcsgtmajor
Thanks Jaybee!
"Semper Fi"