06:58PM | 08/28/01
Member Since: 08/27/01
1 lifetime posts
I'm getting ready to install railing on a deck I'm building. My question is how far apart should I put the posts? Also, I'm putting up two sets of steps and was wondering how to account for them in the post spacing. This is my first project and the deck itself came out great and I don't want to screw it up on the steps and rails.



05:43AM | 08/29/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
If you mean the "main" posts, I think the max is 8 feet. If you mean the verticals in between, the law where I live requires that they be less than 4 inches apart.
You should check with someone in your area who is knowlegeable of the local laws. Chances are, you should have gotten a permit before starting. In that case the inspector could tell you.

Jay J

08:57AM | 08/29/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Floyd, Floyd, FLoyd,

Please, BUY yourself a good book on How To Build A Deck. For $30, give or take, it's $$$ that's well spent, buddy! Come on, you're saving a WHOLE lot more than $30, no?

Start here: WEB Links On Deck Building Consider visiting or even your local Bookstore.

Why would I suggest you buy a book vs. just giving you the answer to your questions??? Because if you're asking THESE types of questions, I'm SURE you have a few more, including ones you haven't thought of yet. Do you know what it's like to put in your posts 8' apart and find out you should have put them in 8' apart, ON CENTER??!

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: If you don't get a good book, it's no loss to me. You'll just write back wondering how to 'retro-fit' your deck after making a 1-3/4" 'mistake' ...



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