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Grizzlyman
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# Posted: 14 Jul 2021 12:48
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Trying to decided what I want to do for a railing.

3 little kids and a 9ft drop- need a good railing! We’re leaning toward a 3’ high pig wire panel (the nice black coated ones used for deck railings) or some similar welded wire. But I’m not 100% sold on it.

Would love your ideas or to see pics of yours.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 14 Jul 2021 13:09
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Heavy duty lattice in a wood frame?

Grizzlyman
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# Posted: 14 Jul 2021 13:21
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Quoting: gcrank1
Heavy duty lattice in a wood frame


Definitley an option!

ICC
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# Posted: 14 Jul 2021 14:15
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Kids can climb pig panel and everything that has anything horizontal. Maybe not all kids will but I have known many that can and will. Yours truly included. For best safety use only vertical spindles, pipes or whatever from floor or bottom bar to top bar, and have no space larger than 4 inches. I think small diameter spindles, pipes, etc. are better than larger ones as the smaller diameter are harder to climb, harder to get a foot grip on from what I have seen.

Curly
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# Posted: 14 Jul 2021 23:10
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I'm not sure if your railing is indoors or outdoors or how long the railing is. Indoors I have used plexiglass in a wood frame and that worked okay except it had to be cleaned often because kids leave their prints all over it. A friend used an old seine net with rope reinforcement for a railing at his fishing cabin and it looked good (and was ok for a fishing cabin). People can be pretty creative depending on what look or theme they want. See the pictures attached. Or you could make a short 3' tall wall rather than a railing. If you have room you can make 3' tall shelves for storage rather than a railing, although your kids might climb on that like the hog wire. If your kids are particularly ornery, you can go with barbed wire or electric fence. Good luck!
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Grizzlyman
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# Posted: 15 Jul 2021 08:11 - Edited by: Grizzlyman
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Quoting: Curly
I'm not sure if your railing is indoors or outdoors

Should have specified. Indoors. Overlooking the living/dining room. Here’s the best photo I have.

Cool creative ideas- just what I’m looking for. Thanks.
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jsahara24
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# Posted: 16 Jul 2021 09:12
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So I have been going back on forth on what I want to do for my railing....My initial plan was rebar or copper pipes....

However, as time has gone on and guests have used the loft I think I am leaning more toward a short wall with corrugated metal panels....Reason is to give the loft some privacy... guests are unable to get dressed up there without being visible to the living room.....

I know every situation is different, just some advice based on my experiences....

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 16 Jul 2021 10:26
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I used rebar I painted with rustuleum and 2x4s on our homes deck railing. Nice to be able to see more through them because they are small n strong. And less expensive

snobdds
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# Posted: 16 Jul 2021 11:36
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Brettny
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# Posted: 16 Jul 2021 12:56
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Quoting: Aklogcabin
I used rebar I painted with rustuleum and 2x4s on our homes deck railing. Nice to be able to see more through them because they are small n strong. And less expensive

How does the paint hold up being outside?
I have an upcoming deck build and was going to paint cattle pannels and use them for under the railing.

Grizzlyman
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# Posted: 16 Jul 2021 13:22
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Quoting: Brettny
I have an upcoming deck build and was going to paint cattle pannels and use them for under the railing.


You mean like this? https://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/fencing/utility-fencing/3-x-6-black-w elded-fence-panel/w10367222/p-1564036080879.htm

These are what I was thinking of using. Seems that they’re already nice and painted.

tichalet
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# Posted: 19 Jul 2021 00:20
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Did you need pictures of the livestock panels you were thinking of using to see them in a cabin interior, Grizzlyman? Here's a small cabin in Maine Alex Scott Porter designed for her dad about 10 years ago.(scroll down for several pictures of the railing)

https://design-milk.com/porter-cottage-in-maine-by-alex-scott-porter/

If you're still gathering ideas, Ana White recently used 1" flat metal bar on the stair+railing for a 'cabin house' she & her husband built on spec. It was surprisingly economical & seems robust enough to stand up to kids, you might want to check it out too:

https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/modern-farmhouse-diy-staircase-railing

Grizzlyman
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# Posted: 19 Jul 2021 08:31
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Way cool tichalet. Thank you! Ideas like that are what I’m looking for. That Maine cottage looks sweet as well. Maybe a few other ideas there too…

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