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none of them meet current code :whistling. I think a shorter railing has better visual porportions and that is why the older one's look so good.
 

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Ive done an interior rail kind of like the second pict. At least the top part.I used 2 goosenecks and 2 90° upeasings.
Looked cool with iron pickets.
No picts though.
 

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All of them look like they are on older homes. You know when craftmanship was supported instead of the bottom line.

I have done some that lloked similar to those. Picture #2 was popular around here with a lot of variances, the top swooping rail was the constant. I've even doen one or two of the swooping rails inside houses on stairwells.
 

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none of them meet current code :whistling. I think a shorter railing has better visual porportions and that is why the older one's look so good.
Porches floors less than 30" above grade don't require railings, so two of the three don't violate that code. Two also look like they would pass the 4" sphere test.

I also like the proportions of the old rails.
 

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Around here if the deck is 24" or lower you don't need railings. If you choose to put them on they need to abide by current code.
 

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Around here if the deck is 24" or lower you don't need railings. If you choose to put them on they need to abide by current code.
Yep, that bytes. I guess they think you're going to jack the thing up after the inspector leaves? :rolleyes:
 

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Railings must be made to spec per code blah blah blah..:rolleyes:.. Just like if you have extra lights on your truck, if you got'em - they gotta work.
 

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Speaking of old rails and modern codes... I had a tip published on reusing old balusters that are too short (for interior rails). I built a curb that matches the 8" baseboards in the home then I was able to recycle the short, historic, stuff.

Another tie-in the this thread... the house where I did the rail, published in the tip, is next door to the house with the blue heron on the porch.
 

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