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Decks - Spacing

Let’s quiz the noodle between our ears with 5 popular questions about deck rail spacing. Good luck!

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1.

QuizGuardrailSpace

What is the maximum allowable spacing for deck guardrail balusters/spindles?
3 7/8 inches
4 inches
4 1/4 inches
4 3/8 inches



2.

QuizLadderEffect

TRUE OF FALSE - The 2000 IRC stated “Required guards shall not be constructed with horizontal rails or other ornamental pattern that results in a ladder effect”, and that IRC prohibition is still in effect today.

TRUE.
FALSE.
Is that a Telesteps or Little Giant ladder effect?
Aliens stole my puppy dog Las night.



3.

QuizStairGuardHt

What is the minimum height of a stair gueardrail, as measured from the nose of the step vertically to the top of the rail?
32 inches
34 inches
36 inches
38 inches



4.

QuizStairBaluster1

Openings for required guards on the side of deck stairway treads shall not allow a sphere of ?? to pass through.
3 7/8 inches
4 inches
4 1/4 inches
4 3/8 inches



5.

QuizTriangular1

On a stairway guardrail, the largest acceptable opening between the lower edge and the stair tread shall NOT permit the passage of a ??” diameter sphere?
4 inches
5 inches
6 inches
7 inches



6.

QuizRiserBlock

The stair riser must block the passage of a ?? diameter sphere.
3 inches
4 inches
5 inches
6 inches



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