Get a grip. Prevent a slip. Install hand rails.

Every summer, Calgary DYI types are building home decks. Depending on design and location, it is not rocket science. There are resources available on the web.

Hand rails on the steps are often overlooked and are later noted by a potential buyer's Home Inspector.

Some general guidelines below. Please check building codes specific to your location.

  • No handrail required for deck stairs with 3 risers or less
  • One handrail, if stairs are less than 43” wide
  • Two handrails if stairs are 43” or wider
  • Hand rail must have a graspable profile,
  • 2X2 or a 2X4 sitting on edge, are not graspable
  • Hand rails should be 32-36" above the stairs
  • Baluster spacing should be 4 inches.

Home safe--not just for baseball.

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