My deck stairs span 14' and I was wondering if I could space my rail posts at 7' intervals so I can keep them even.
I've read that 6' is the standard maximum but I don't know if it's actually code. So I'd like to have 6 posts total instead of 8.
Will this compromise the strength of the railing or fail inspection?
Maximum spacing is 4 feet on center if posts stick up above top rail, if you have a continuous top rail then 6 feet. Unless you have a pre engineered rail system going in then these are the guidelines.
Every municipality will sometimes have their own preferences so I would check with your local building dept before going ahead with anything other than 4 feet.
Another note.. posts must be set in framing and fastened properly, they cannot be notched or fastened to the outside of the deck.
Hope this helps!
The spacing of rail posts varies depending on the type of railing system used. Needless to say post spacing for a steel railing will be greater that that of a wooden railing. The spacing of balusters ( often called spindles ) is in most provinces such that a 4 inch sphere cannot pass through. This applies to both the Ontario and National Building code. Most manufacturers will recommend a maximum railing 'Post' spacing to meet the code in your province.
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