Problem: How to lay out a repeating element (stairs, railing
balusters, etc) over a length.
Dividing the span by the number of spaces and then measuring it out is
tedious, and errors can creep in as you measure along, resulting in
being an inch or more out when you get to the end (my experience,
While rebuilding my deck last year, I found an easier way.
A length of 1/4" natural rubber tubing.
I used a felt-tip pen to mark it at 3.5" intervals. Then, I clamped
one end to the end of a rail and stretched it until the spacing
between marks was just under 4" and a mark landed on the last baluster
A quick adjustment of the opposite end to align it's mark, then just
trasnfer the marks along it's length.
All the spaces the same, nothing "left over" at the end, and no
endless splitting 16th's along the rail. It also works for spacing
stairs, with a larger initial interval (Use the same tubing, mark with
a different color.)
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