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Old 3/29/18, 2:05 AM
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These spheres can be used while inspecting open risers and guards at stairways.

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Old 3/29/18, 3:44 AM
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No 4 3/8 inch size?




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Old 3/29/18, 2:19 PM
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No 4 3/8 inch size?
What he said.

A 4" sphere doesn't matter when the standard is 4 and 3/8's.
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Old 3/29/18, 2:26 PM
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What he said.

A 4" sphere doesn't matter when the standard is 4 and 3/8's.
Only on the side of stairs......




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Old 3/29/18, 3:21 PM
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4" leaves just 3/16ths of an inch on both sides. Perfect for quick checking.

And the code is 4" for guardrail openings.

So a 4" ball works well to check both.

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Old 3/29/18, 6:15 PM
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4" leaves just 3/16ths of an inch on both sides. Perfect for quick checking.

And the code is 4" for guardrail openings.

So a 4" ball works well to check both.
So the answer to my initial question would be no then. Just use your eyeball instead of a proper sized tool? I guess it doesn't matter if a 12 inch ruler is 13 inches cause you can just eyeball it.....




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Yes. It is silly to carry both a 4" Sphere and a 4 and 3/8th" Sphere. A 4" Sphere can do both tasks.

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Yes. It is silly to carry both a 4" Sphere and a 4 and 3/8th" Sphere. A 4" Sphere can do both tasks.
Interesting attitude. I carry a flat blade screwdriver, a phillips head, square head, and numerous star heads but with your attitude, I can just use any screwdriver because after all, they are all just screwdrivers. In my shop I also have rip hammers, curved claw hammers, ball peen hammers, upholstery hammers but that doesn't really matter, cause I can use any hammer, right?




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Only on the side of stairs......
That's what I thought we were talking about.

The thread title is called "Stairway Inspection Spheres."
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I use to carry around baby dolls for girls (named Gromicko) in my Ford Expedition and whenever young children accomanied the parents, I would give the girls the Gromicko baby dolls and the boys would get a few Hotwheel cars. This worked out great and costed me around $15.00 to $20.00 out of pocket, when I wanted to keep the youngins occupied. Kids will be kids and sometimes they wanted a black baby doll or a stroller. Boys would want toy guns, etc. and the situation got out of control. Long story made short ... do whatever works, until it doesn't work anymore.
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Interesting attitude. I carry a flat blade screwdriver, a phillips head, square head, and numerous star heads but with your attitude, I can just use any screwdriver because after all, they are all just screwdrivers. In my shop I also have rip hammers, curved claw hammers, ball peen hammers, upholstery hammers but that doesn't really matter, cause I can use any hammer, right?
No. Those tools won't necessarily do the job of the others. A 4" Sphere can test the opening of both a 4" and a 4 and 3/8" opening.
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The 4-inch sphere can also be used for checking open risers with openings more than 30 inches from the floor, and at window sills of an operable window opening less than 24 inches above the floor and greater than 6 feet above the exterior grade.



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No. Those tools won't necessarily do the job of the others. A 4" Sphere can test the opening of both a 4" and a 4 and 3/8" opening.
No, a 4 inch sphere can only test 4 inches. Just say it, you aren't going to make a 4 3/8 sphere and that is fine. But don't try the, "It's close so you can eyeball it" BS. It isn't the right tool for the needed job.




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No, a 4 inch sphere can only test 4 inches. Just say it, you aren't going to make a 4 3/8 sphere and that is fine. But don't try the, "It's close so you can eyeball it" BS. It isn't the right tool for the needed job.
I understand your point, Stephen. But I disagree. The sphere works well, considering I'm a home inspector. As a home inspector, I did report as a safety hazard any guard that had spindles spaced more than 4 inches apart.

I disagree with the IRC R312. There should be no difference between fall protection at a guard or fall protection at a guard on an open side of stairs. In opinion, it makes sense that fall protection at a required guard should be at least as "tight," if not "tighter, at a guard on an open side of stairs.

Therefore, the 4-inch sphere works great for home inspectors, because we're not code inspectors.



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This may be a little out there but I carry something called a tape measure. With very little effort and only a couple of seconds, I can accurately measure pretty much anything. I am also what you call "Old School". My step-father an Army Vet and Army Engineer, taught me to measure with my knuckles, etc.




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