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Balcony Rail Started

Pete Brown - 08 June 2006

I have one section of the balcony railing and balusters installed.

The balusters are the longer ones I purchased from the person on eBay. The primer on them is almost like plastic, so the trim nails slid off of them if shot at too steep an angle. That meant I had to install the nails on the visible faces (instead of between balusters), where I could shoot at a more shallow angle. I'll have to putty and paint those when I finish the stairs.

I have all the balusters spaced to provide a 3 1/4" opening. This close spacing is not only safer, but it also helps emphasize the vertical lines, which is very much in the craftsman style we're pursuing.

I really like the way these stairs are coming out. It is a huge improvement, both in looks and safety, over the old flimsy iron balustrade. Here's the old one, which also happens to have baluster spacing too wide (5 1/4 inch opening) to meet current code (4 inch opening or less).

posted by Pete Brown on Thursday, June 8, 2006
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