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Old 02-17-2017, 09:37 AM  
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It is attractive and the way it was done back in the day. I would be tempted if it was mine to leave it alone and figure by the time the kids are big enough to fall over it they should be smart enough not to.

On the other hand I see your concern about code height and it is a height someone might try sitting on it and going over backwards.

The only thing I can think of that would look remotely correct was suggested above and that would be to remove it build a little short wall below and reinstall it. Might be a bit of a project depending on how it was attached.

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Even with out looking at height, if a 4" ball will fit between any part it is not safe for the youngest kids.


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Stand a Plexiglas in front of it.
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I would remove it and build a base under it to raise it up and then reinstall it. If the gaps are too big and your kids are young enough that their heads could pass through the spindles, I'd install a child safety net on the hall side until they grow enough to not put their heads through them. TOH did a project where they extended the newel post and redid the rails. It may be available on line.
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it appears to me that the spindles were added way after the initial newel installation, and distracts from the original build. If so, for the safety of my children, I'd rebuild it correctly for another 100 years of beauty/safety. This is just MY opinion only.
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:54 AM  
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27/2 = 13.5/2 = 6.75/2 = 3.375 looks not too bad
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I'd be even more concerned with those horizontal pieces that will act like ladder rungs.


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