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mdevine, Home Buyer in 01566

What is the railing height requirement for a second level deck in Massachusetts?

Asked by mdevine, 01566 Thu Sep 20, 2012

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Heath Coker’s answer
This is best answered by a licensed MA contractor who can probably show you the code book.
This is outside the scope of many licensees.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 23, 2012
please call your local Building Inspector.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 22, 2013
More than 30 inches difference requires a 36 inch high 'guard'.
Openings in this 'guard' should be small enough to keep a 4" sphere from passing through.

The former US UBC code and present IBC code calls for guard rails to be 42 inches high. This is required for vertical distances from 30 inches to finish grade or higher. I feel a lot better about the 42" number but I still see the 36" / 38"mentioned for railing heights.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 21, 2012
Thanks. I figured it would be about the same in the entire area. I might still call a building inspector before I install anything, though. It would be a shame to spend all that time putting something on only to have to extend it later. http://www.pieters.com.au/contact
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