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indoor stairway code

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I am new at this.  I need to know the building code in texas for the height of a stairway handrail from the tread nose to the rake.  Thank you bunches. Bill

(post #175954, reply #1 of 5)

You might get a quicker answer in Breaktime.  There's lots of people who own code books there.

(post #175954, reply #2 of 5)

BOCA code book reads 34 inches minimum for stairway and 36 for balcony. You may want to contact your local buiding inspector to see if there are any special requirments for your particular area.

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stairguy-  Thanks for the info regarding stair handrail height and the balcony.  I will be doing a balcony and no one has mentioned that one.  Thanks again.

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The actual Code requirement is that the top of a handrail must be not less than 34 inches and not more than 38 inches above a plane across the nosing of the stair treads.  Just mark the wall at the planned points of attachment, making sure that at each point the top of your rail will be 34-38 inches above the nose of the stair tread.  Unless your stairs are quite bowed and sagged or were built by a very poor carpenter, this will give you the required height.

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Pete-  Thanks for the code dimentions.  I've since learned that the ballisters I install need to be 4 inches apart, so off to the drawing board I go.  Again, thanks.