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Re: railing design

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There is a chart from a railing manufacturer that gives distribution
factors for the post loads. It depends upon the number of spans and the
stiffness ratio of the rail to the post.
These were computer generated charts that I believe have been confirmed
by testing. Check in Sweet's Catalog to see if it is there, otherwise
call a railing manufacturer.

Jim Kestner, P.E.
Green Bay, Wi.