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Old 07-27-2010, 04:09 PM   #1
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SC Railing Height Code?


The railing for the stairs in my house is too high and is not parallel to the steps (ranges from 38" - 41" from nose of tread).
Does anyone know the South Carolina building code for handrail height in stairwells?
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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Re: SC Railing Height Code?


Lay a level across several treads, on the slope, and it should, by code, be anywhere from 30-38 inches from the BOTTOM of that level(the front of the tread) plumbed to the TOP of the handrail. I set mine at 34".

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That's exactly how I measured it so I'll lower it to 34".

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S.C. code is 36 for stairs and 42 in. for balconies no less than 36 in. in stairs or it will not pass
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California code has handrail between 34"-38" finish, and balcony 42"above finish. I think this is pretty standard nation wide
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California code has handrail between 34"-38" finish, and balcony 42"above finish. I think this is pretty standard nation wide
thats the national building code.
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Good to know thanks I only work in Cal and Nevada, codes are reciprocal here.
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S.C. code is 36 for stairs and 42 in. for balconies no less than 36 in. in stairs or it will not pass
LOL! I don't know where you build, but that isn't true.

Section R311.5.6.1
Handrail height, measured vertically from the sloped plane adjoining the tread nosing, or finished surface of ramp
slope, shall be not less than 30 inches and not more than 38 inches (965 mm).
Table R402.2

Trust me, they are much more strict on commercial than they are residential, and I do both. I have done 40+ houses and numerous commercial jobs in just in the last 4 years and this is the code here. I know this well because I had to make some rails at a church meet code recently, and had to make SURE they were right.
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"Modification: The minimum height for handrails for stairs and ramps was reduced from 34
inches to 30 inches.
The modified section now reads: “Handrail height, measured vertically from the sloped
plane adjoining the tread nosing, or finished surface of ramp slope, shall be not less than
30 inches and not more than 38 inches (965 mm).”
Reason: To be consistent with prior editions of the code and prior construction practices in
South Carolina.
Note: Continued modification IRC 2003 08."

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