How to Install Deck Rail Balusters
Balusters or pickets are the rail components used to provide infill for deck guardrails. IRC code prohibits guardrails from having any openings that would allow a 4" sphere to pass through. This rule produces the need for an attractive and economical repeated system for filling in the openings between rail posts and rail top and bottom members.
Because of the spacing requirement, you will need a lot of pickets or balusters even for a short length of rail. Use our baluster spacing calculator to calculate proper spacing based on your railing dimensions. Balusters will certainly be the most expensive rail component for your project. Years ago, most deck builders used wooden 2x2s nailed to the deck rim and top rail to meet the requirement.
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