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Rick, General Contractor
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I was looking at balcony handrail heights but I found it

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I was looking at balcony handrail heights but I found it (34" -38"). However this will be an extension of an existing balcony wall in a 1920 year craftsman building with balcony walls about 20 inches high. I want it to look good, be strong, not draw attention, and to code (and cheap of course). It is a 4 unit building.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
material recommendations, screws, strength, finishes?
Expert:  Rick replied 2 years ago.

The only thing that meets all your requirements and will be consistent with a craftsman style building would be to use 2 x 2 pressure treated balusters and either a molded pattern railing or a treated 2 x 4. You must use ceramic coated screws or stainless steel fasteners. I don't get the strength question, balusters must be spaced so a 4" sphere cannot pass between them. Spacing the balusters closer together adds interest to the balustrade at minimal additional cost. Once the treated wood has weathered for at least 6 months you can paint it to match the existing trim.