I have a stairway leading to my basement. I am going to put up a gate
across the stairs. There is an existing guard around the rest of the
stairway. As I see it the code for this guard is asking for a maximum
spacing of 4 inches. The existing guard meets this specification. In
looking at code for gates it appears that the minimum spacing is 2 3/8
inches. Why closer spacing for gates as opposed to guards? Anyone
ever see a baby with a 2 3/8 inch head?
The purpose of the gate is to keep adults from falling down the
stairs, no babies involved.
Just for clarification the basement is a finished basement with access
from inside the home. I am not going to have it inspected and
approved. I am just wondering about the different codes for a
stairwell guard and a stairway gate. The guard should be 42" high
with openings less than 4" whereas the gate need be only 24" high but
requires openings less than 2.375". The guard seems to be more
reasonable and is what I am using for the gate design.
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