When testing a balcony guardrail for the code required point loading, does the post need to resist a 200# load or does it need to resist 200x1.6= 320#? When performing the load test, the question is whether you add a safety factor to the 200# load? This is an in-place guardrail where we are trying to determine if the connection to the balcony facade meets the code requirement. Is it 200# or 320# that needs to be placed against the post by the testing apparatus? I am not concerned about the post or railing themselves, only the connection at the bottom of the post to the balcony facade. It is wood framing and the testing company is saying the load they need to apply is 320# without a specific deflection. Any help would be appreciated.
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