Charleston Porch Bloom
You've seen them a million times but probably don't know what they are called. Do not feel lonely you are in good company because most people don't. Even those that
do don't always spell it right. The correct term and spelling is baluster which is a fancy French term for a set of columns supporting the main face of a staircase. Put another way, "Le terme de balustre d�signe �galement un ensemble de colonnettes soutenant la main-courante d'un escalier." You know those funny looking poles that hold up a railing.
You see them on staircases, balconies and on wooden decks.
They can be ornate, plain and even really unusual. What they have to be here in the state of Texas is no more than 4 inches apart (an infant's head is approximately a 4 inch sphere) according to building code. The reason is so small children cannot squeeze through them and and accidentally fall. It is a safety issue. Not that a child couldn't work at it and get through a 4 inch gap... but it would require some effort and they would more than likely get stuck before they would get through. Anything bigger than 4 inches allows a greater potential for easy passage and a potentially dangerous fall at any height.
March 27th, 2017
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