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Porch height for rail? (by gevans [SC]) Dec 8, 2011 4:50 AM
       Porch height for rail? (by maddog [GA]) Dec 8, 2011 4:55 AM
       Porch height for rail? (by Roy [AL]) Dec 8, 2011 5:31 AM
       Porch height for rail? (by gevans [SC]) Dec 8, 2011 5:46 AM
       Porch height for rail? (by Steve [MA]) Dec 8, 2011 6:26 AM
       Porch height for rail? (by Roy [AL]) Dec 8, 2011 6:53 AM
       Porch height for rail? (by TIM [IN]) Dec 8, 2011 11:14 AM
       Porch height for rail? (by ll [AZ]) Dec 8, 2011 5:03 PM
       Porch height for rail? (by Janet [KY]) Dec 9, 2011 7:38 PM
       Porch height for rail? (by gevans [SC]) Dec 10, 2011 5:32 PM


Porch height for rail? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 4:50 AM
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High high can your porch be without a rail being required by code?

I should know this, but I don't. I'm installing a back deck 28 inches off the ground. Hope it doesn't need railing, that would make life so easy. --141.129.x.xx




Porch height for rail? (by maddog [GA]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 4:55 AM
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In ga it is 30 in. If it is close just add some more dirt around the porch to make it pass. --71.31.xxx.x




Porch height for rail? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 5:31 AM
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Gevans,

I deal with this issue on every house I rehab. Code is 30 inches. However, even with a 20 inch high porch I would still put a railing around it,...your insurance agent will raise an eyebrow if you don't.

The actual height of the railing (porch floor to railing top) use to be 36 inches but some newer codes have increased this height to 38 - 42 inches. I just finished building a railing for a front porch and my finished height is 40.5 inches.

Sorry to rain on your parade. --68.62.xxx.xxx




Porch height for rail? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 5:46 AM
Message:

I've never yet built one without a rail, but most of them are higher than 30 inches.

Thanx --141.129.x.xx




Porch height for rail? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 6:26 AM
Message:

In the November issue of Professional deck Builder there is a small article about the estate of an individual who fell from a deck on 07/01/11 in Chicago being awarded $975,000. This was due to a fall over a 32" high railing when code required a 42" high rail.

Most area consider anything lower than 30" high to be a patio not a deck & don't require a rail. Depending upon which code your area has adopted rails net to be at least 36" or in some cases 42" high.

The new IRC code goes into effect 01/01/12. It is the most restrictive & regulated version to date. There are numerous changes to the way decks, porches, railings & their stairs can be built. --151.203.xxx.xx




Porch height for rail? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 6:53 AM
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Steve,

I have a house on riverfront property. Everyone here has a party deck built over river water which some people call a boat dock. Railings for party decks over water are not required by code here which I find unusual. --68.62.xxx.xxx




Porch height for rail? (by TIM [IN]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 11:14 AM
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Code may not require a rail, but I could see an insurance inspector raise a few flags. That is a pretty good step down... --67.236.xxx.xxx




Porch height for rail? (by ll [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 5:03 PM
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Roy- that is so Americas Funniest Videos has new material of people falling into the lake! ;)

- --166.216.xxx.xx




Porch height for rail? (by Janet [KY]) Posted on: Dec 9, 2011 7:38 PM
Message:

Aahhh, remembering my party days at a

house built out on the river bank one summer..... ages 18- 29 yr olds....

envisioning all the drunk friends we

would of lost to the river without the

party deck porch railing ~ ha ha. It was

the only thing holding up some of the

drunks ! Railing makes a good place

to set your drink also. ha

Sorry I am having way too much fun with

the old memories. Ah, the stories I could

tell. --74.236.xxx.xxx




Porch height for rail? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Dec 10, 2011 5:32 PM
Message:

Our code is indeed 30, but I added the rails anyway... cost me an extra $75.

35 inches. --216.218.xxx.xx





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