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Old 10-01-2009, 07:18 PM
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Is there a, "rule" for the placement of the balusters on stair treads? Inside a house, that is. I've seen them closer to each other in the center of the stair and then I've see the balusters evenly spaced all the way up the treads. Is it just a matter of preference or is there something more to the layout?
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:04 PM
Location: Houston, Texas
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Yes it is dictated by local code and local codes differ. But here is a basic accepted layout:

Newel posts must be spaced every 8' or whenever there is a direction change. Balusters must be spaced every 4" OC or 2 to a tread. The treads must be 10" and the risers I think must be 7" or maybe I heard somewhere 6.5".

In the old day spacing was much greater but newer codes are designed to keep babies from squeezing through them.

The height is always a minimum of 36" to the top of the hand rail. Some larger cities require 42". Check with your local Building Dept.
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:59 AM
Location: The Republic of Texas
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Yes, that is the maximum distance they can be apart. They can be closer together, but not farther.
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Old 11-01-2009, 01:04 PM
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check out this web site it will give you all the information you require,but i think 90mm from edge to edge.
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