Here goes...... We have two horizontal rails that run into posts, one on each side of a stairway. One run is about 8' long and the opposite run is about 3' long before it hits another post and makes a 90 degree turn. If you are standing at the top of the stairs you can grab both posts. We are using some iron balusters that people around here seem to be fond of lately. They need to lay out in a pattern since there are two different styles with twice as many of one style. It's a three baluster pattern with one basket baluster then two twisted balusters then another basket baluster starting the pattern again. We normally lay them out so that we have symmetry at each end if possible. We may have to start with a basket baluster with a twisted baluster. Whatever works to make the beginning and end of a particular run have the same baluster.
Here's the dilemma. We have the long run laid out to start (and end) with a basket baluster. To get symmetry, the short run needs to start with one twisted baluster so that it will end with a twisted baluster. This does not match the starting baluster of the long run. Since these two rails are directly opposite of each other, I say we should match the layout of the long run. Starting with a basket next to each post and if the short run ends with two twisted balusters (which it does) so be it. When you are at the head of the stairs you will see the same pattern start with a basket next to each starting post. When you are across the room looking through the rails you will see the same style balusters lined up with each other.
My partner however says we should start with a symmetrical layout on either side, whether the start of the pattern matches or not. Just in case you haven't noticed, he's wrong!:-) With his method, he has a basket next to the starting post on the long run and a twisted baluster next to the starting post on the short run. Did I mention that these runs are directly across the from each other? ;-) The short run will end with a twisted baluster (this gives him the symmetry he needs) which also happens to match the other side of the post where the turn is made. With my scenario, at the turn (on the short run) I would have two twisted balusters end the short run, the post and then a single twisted baluster start the pattern after the turn.
So, if anyone can de-code what I've posted here I'm just looking for opinions. Well.... I'm really looking for the validation of MY opinion <g> but if you disagree, I'd like someone to convince me.
Thanks for listening....it's been a long day.:-)