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Important Considerations for Rail Sets
Installed Rail Length
If ordering Rail Sets pre-drilled for Balusters and/or cut-to-length Rails, you'll need to provide your installed Rail lengths in the Installed Rail Lengths box on the previous page. This should be the actual width of the space where your Rails are to be installed. Therefore, we strongly recommend having your Porch Posts installed prior to measuring. Please measure this space (to 1/16" accuracy) with a steel carpenter's tape approximately where top and bottom Rails will be, and provide the longer of these two measurements. If the top and bottom measurements are off by more than 1/4" we recommend resetting your porch posts to equalize the distances and then record the corrected longer length. (At the 3:40 point in our 4th video, How to Install Porch Floors, you can see how to easily adjust Porch Posts.)
Pre-drilling can be done without cutting Rails to length. We will drill for Balusters based on your Installed Rail Lengths and the choices you make on the previous page, but will leave equal, undrilled amounts at each end. We will label each Rail's Installed Rail Lengths. Prior to installation, Rails should have equal amounts removed from each end.
4" Sphere Rule
Many building codes require Baluster spacing that will not permit a 4" sphere to pass between them.
If ordered cut-to-length, we will cut your Rails 1/4" less than the Installed Length you provide. This will leave a 1/8" space at each end for caulking.
Please contact us if you need clarification.
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