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Guards on a deck

Discussion in 'Residential Building Codes' started by alaskajoe, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. alaskajoe

    alaskajoe Registered User

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    A deck needs guards if it is over 30" from grade anywhere within 36'. A deck 36" from grade with 14" high planter boxes going 36" out from the deck. Could this be interpreted as being higher than 30" from grade. My argument is what happens if the planter boxes are empty. A person falling off deck would get hurt worse than just falling 36" to the ground. People get creative when they don't want to put guards up to protect view. View over safety is not wise. Any Thoughts.
     
  2. Ty J.

    Ty J. Sawhorse

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    Are the planter beds full at time of final inspection?
     
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  3. alaskajoe

    alaskajoe Registered User

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    They could be I suppose
     
  4. Ty J.

    Ty J. Sawhorse

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    If full, it meets the intent of the code.

    Personally, I'd inform the homeowner of the code, the risk with their approach, and note the condition (and maybe snap a photo) for our internal notes when I pass the inspection.
     
  5. ADAguy

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    Won't empty boxes fill with snow which is heavier than people when it freezes?
     

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