Off The Net – Nov-Dec 2010 CRC 2010 Guards R312 - R-U READY? Question: This is what you must look for and report on. We need a good disclaimer for our member's inspection reports because this is just another circumstance where dam few if any stair landings, decks, porches, and balconys will meet this new code. Any volunteers? Response: Don't know about a disclaimer as I believe we have a duty to inspect and report what we see whether right or wrong. Something to suggest consideration to upgrades should be stated with older non conforming work. At the bottom of your jpg a reference to wood-plastic composite materials is stated. In reading the standard (CRCR317.4 and R317.4.1) it calls for actual labels being present. I for one have not been paying much attention to labels being provided but of course now will. My concern has been more for the workmanship and it's ability to prevent harm to occupants. I got to say, homeowners need a large binder to store all these manufactures documents. On a recent new home the builder supplied a binder with all this in a full 5 inch. Now wonder where that will end up......
Response: You misinterpreted me about that disclaimer. Of course you have to inspect and report, but just how many balcony, porch, deck, stair landing guard railings 42 inches high do you think you will find? Right, so what we need is something like my old tried and true, “It is suggested that consideration be given to having the guard rail serving the _________ ____raised to the current industry standard height of 42 inches vertically measured from the floor to the top of the guard rail as an occupant safety upgrade.”
Note two key words, one mentioned and one not..
Response: That's the problem with e-conversation....lost in translation.
You're right on spot with lack of 42 inches. Now if we can just get the AHJ to start enforcing the rules....... and don't get me started about the realtor speak.
Response: My standard comment for conditions like this is something like:
"While likely not required at time of original construction, upgrading to meet current building codes will increase safety. I suggest retaining a licensed and qualified contractor to make upgrades/corrections, as needed"
Response: I like it. It's short & sweet disclaimer and would only add 2 words;
"While likely not required at time of original construction, upgrading to meet current building codes will help increase occupant safety. I suggest retaining a licensed and qualified contractor to make upgrades/corrections, as needed"