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Guard Rail or Hand Rail?

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David S. Roberson

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A little bridge across a creek on the subject property driveway. Would you call for a hand rail or a guard rail?
 

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Cigar

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David:

The building code calls rails like that "guardrails", "handrails" go down stairs. At times handrails have to transition to guardrails when the rails on stairs meet the rails across landings or decks. Look at Page 12 , Photo 36 to see a handrail transition to a guardrail. BTW, the bridge would not be governed by the building code since it's not part of the structure, it would involve approval from the AHJ's Public Works department which would have their own standards.

http://www.stairways.org/pdf/2006 Stair IRC SCREEN.pdf
 

David S. Roberson

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What I mean is, would you condition for a rail to keep cars from crashing into the creek, or a rail to keep granny from crashing into the creek when she goes to check the mailbox?

Because as soon as this happens, someone is going to look for someone else to sue.
 

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Nope, because they can sue you for making them put in rails where none have ever been and they didn't want em also:leeann: Anybody can sue anybody!!! And soemtiems they win for stoopid reasons!!

I would just disclose the lack, (a picture being worth a thousand words... ) and state that the owners are fine without em (didja ASK?).

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

If you put in rails are you going to call for some that prevent Junior in Diapers from falling in also?

Or should it be mesh so the dang cat doesn't slip through also?

No make it reinforced screen so the misquitos can't pass!!!

Um sorry I mighta got a leeetle carried away - but seriously why enforce on a functioning if not ideal driveway a modification which may cause more problems than it solves?
 

David S. Roberson

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No one sees this as a safety issue?
 

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Nope....Not part of the structure and not three steps up.Maybe could be a safety issue if it was in poor condtion...............
 

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Nope!................
 

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wrong thread
 
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David S. Roberson

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So say my peers. Thanks!
 
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