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Need some ideas for deck railing

Penfield, PA(Zone 5b)

We are building decks on the front and back of our house. I am looking for a way to save money on the railing. Can anyone come up with some creative ideas? I have thought of using cable run horizontally, but I am not sure if that will save much money and I really don't like the look of horizontal lines. I am looking for something different and unusual AND CHEAP. Any ideas?

Northeast, OH(Zone 5b)

I don't know if it would be cheap...... but I have seen railing made from used Amish buggy wheels. It has sort of a scalloped effect.

This message was edited Mar 27, 2009 7:11 PM

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

if you have the right kind/color of cable it sorta blends into the baclground and soon you dont even see it its not as bad as you think it would be. Friends of mine used it Their deck over looked a river and it was great.. made the deck seem bigger because you didnt have the solid mass of wood blocking your view.

Ames, NE(Zone 5b)

You do want to keep in mind the city codes..
They differ so much from city to city.
Here it is 36" to the top,With max opening 4".
Depends on height off ground if you even need a railing
FYI Hope this helps


Cliff Dweller, WA(Zone 8b)

I'm in the same boat. We have a large deck with a very high side....and a very low side. We can easily step off of the one end. We live on an extreme slope. Anyhow... the cable fencing blkraven2 mentions looks sharp. We have an ocean view and I don't want it blocked in any way. So...we are going to put in posts...and string up the cable.

I know the codes allow for some deck height (without ANY railing), but I worked in ER for several years and you'd be surprised how totally SCREWED UP someone can get from backing off / stepping off / falling off of a deck that's only 10"-15" high.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

considering how much it hurts when I mis-step on a simple stair, I CAN imagine how much it would hurt coming off a deck!

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

I wonder if you could reuse the sliding glass doors that I see at the re-use-it shops. I have admired one that has plexiglass in the panels instead of sticks.
You really need to find out what your zoning laws have to say about this-I Live so far out in the tulies that we don't have any at all.

Webster, WI

I saw a really neat railing made out of rerod for the upright pieces and the top and bottom rail was 2x4.
I guess you would drill holes in the 2x4's to fit the rerod in.
I would send a pic but, it's in a town about 30 miles away. I always thought it would be a neat idea for a deck.

Penfield, PA(Zone 5b)

Keep the ideas coming. Sliding glass doors would be nice, but the distance between the
4 x 4's is too small. As far as the cable and rebar, good ideas, but not sure it would save me any money. Really trying to think of something recycled to use. As far as codes, I live in the country on 50 acres, not too worried about codes.

Cliff Dweller, WA(Zone 8b)

While I do like the "non-view-blocking" perks of tempered glass, or Plexiglas... it is so brutal on the birds I won't use it. I have a friend that has a Plexiglas wind break on her deck and it brings me to TEARS when I see how many hummingbirds get killed flying into the stuff every summer. I've begged her to create a white lattice look (with white tape) on the Plexiglas, but she never gets around to it. I may buy the tape and just take it up and make it an afternoon project with her. She FEEDS the hummers... so I know she cares about them.

Poor little things....

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