What is the code for a handrail?
Stairs with 4 or more risers are required to have a handrail between 30 and 38 inches high measured vertically from the nosing of the tread on 1 side of the stair. Handrails have to be continuous the full length of the stair. Handrails adjacent to a wall shall have a space of not less than 1 1/2 inch between the wall and the handrail. Handrail gripping size shall have a cross section with a diameter of 1 1/4 to 2 inches.

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1. Why must the footing be in the ground a minimum of 42 inches?
2. Why can't the 4 by 4 support post be sunk into the concrete when the pier is poured?
3. Why is there a maximum spacing of the decking boards of 1/4 inch?
4. When is a railing required around a deck?
5. May my deck come in contact with the ground?
6. I bought my deck as a kit from the lumberyard. The Building Department says it won't meet the code. Why?
7. Will the Community Development Department accept beam, joist, and decking spans that are inconsistent with the generally accepted span tables?
8. Can I use landscape fabric under my deck instead of 6-millimeter Visqueen?
9. What is the code for residential stairs?
10. What is the code for guardrails?
11. What is the code for a handrail?