Porch railing install!?!?

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Posted by: from Brantford
4/1/2019 at 11:46:32 PM

Have a question about install for customer porch railings that will be inspected! the spartan rail system that they have at Rona im just curious if it meets the Ontario building code? Will be using post anchors with 4x4 pressure treated most on concrete then a pvc jacket over them and the materials for the whole spartan system is a pvc/vinyl type just wondering if this is strong enough and will pass Ontario building code, I'm assuming it would or see why would they sell it just wanting to confirm

*Also what is the maximum length for a railing from post to post 8ft? Or can I got 10ft?

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Dave from Crown Choice in Nanaimo
Date/Time4/2/2019 at 12:01:04 PM

Just because they sell it doensn't mean that it will meet code. You can talk to the inspector at City hall and he will be able to help you.

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Date/Time4/2/2019 at 8:22:36 PM

Can't answer the code question being in Winnipeg.

However, you mention concerns about strength and overall integrity, them want to run 10ft rails. Why would you want to even if it meets some kind of code.

Charge accordingly and make it strong.

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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time4/2/2019 at 9:38:17 PM

If it is being inspected it should be on your plans and already be approved by an engineer. If you call the company you can ask them for the eng specs which you can submit for inspection

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Date/Time4/2/2019 at 11:33:09 PM

There've been cases where vendors have marketed products like these as guard railings however they fail to meet Code requirements for resistance to specified loading making them only usable as fencing.

You may want to inquire whether Rona offers an installation service for the product.

It's illegal for vendors to make false claims about suitability of products in construction and there are occasional prosecutions.

Not sure about the specific product you're asking about. Also there's no rule in the Code regarding distance between posts; they just need to meet the minimum strength requirement based on manufacturers testing.

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