What is the issue?
Certain of the ProBuilt aluminum posts manufactured between January 2017 and March 2018 have an issue with the screws that affix the base plate to the post. As a result, the affected posts do not fully comply with local building codes and therefore may pose a fall hazard.
Details of the issue
Canadian National building codes asks for the individual posts in guardrail systems to be able to withstand a concentrated side load pressure of 224.806 lbs (1 KN). On top of this base load is an added safety factor of 1.5 times (337.21 lbs) and then an additional resistance factor, dividing by 0.90, totalling 374.68 lbs with both safety factors included. The affected posts in question tested to 335 lbs in an independent laboratory testing which is equivalent to the base load of 224.806 lbs plus a further safety factory of 1.49 times.
As noted, this concentrated load is applied to a single post. Typical deck railing applications have corners and runs of railing which significantly strengthen to the overall installation railing installation. However, out of an abundance of caution we have provided notice of this issue and are offering potential fixes for those that choose to fix their installed posts.
Please note that corner posts (90 degree corners on decks as well as 90 degree corners at the top or bottom of stairs) do not require a fix, even if they fall within the affected identifiers.
How do I know if I have Affected Posts?
ProBuilt™ aluminum railing posts with the following item codes, all of which end in a "Y", are included in the voluntary recall.
|Post Type||White||Gloss Black||Textured Black||Textured Bronze||Sandalwood|
|42” End Post||PB7468WT0Y||PB7468BK0Y||PB7468XB0Y||PB7468YB0Y||PB7468SW0Y|
|42″ 90 Deg Corner Post||PB7469WT0Y||PB7469BK0Y||PB7469XB0Y||PB7469YB0Y||PB7469SW0Y|
|42” 45 Deg Corner Post||PB7494WT0Y||PB7494BK0Y||PB7494XB0Y||PB7494YB0Y||PB7494SW0Y|
|42” Mid Post||PB7470WT0Y||PB7470BK0Y||PB7470XB0Y||PB7470YB0Y||PB7470SW0Y|
|42” 2.5” Blank Post||PB7759WT0Y||PB7759BK0Y||PB7759XB0Y||PB7759YB0Y||PB7759SW0Y|
|36” End Post||PB6804WT0Y||PB6804BK0Y||PB6804XB0Y||PB6804YB0Y||PB6804SW0Y|
|36” 90 Deg Corner Post||PB6805WT0Y||PB6805BK0Y||PB6805XB0Y||PB6805YB0Y||PB6805SW0Y|
|36″ 45 Deg Corner Post||PB6809WT0Y||PB6809BK0Y||PB6809XB0Y||PB6809YB0Y||PB6809SW0Y|
|36″ Mid Post||PB6806WT0Y||PB6806BK0Y||PB6806XB0Y||PB6806YB0Y||PB6806SW0Y|
|36″ 2.5″ Blank Post||PB7758WT0Y||PB7758BK0Y||PB7758XB0Y||PB7758YB0Y||PB7758SW0Y|
|42″ Top Stair Post||PB7733WT0Y||PB7733BK0Y||PB7733XB0Y||PB7733YB0Y||PB7733SW0Y|
|Bottom Stair Post||PB7735WT0Y||PB7735BK0Y||PB7735XB0Y||PB7735YB0Y||PB7735SW0Y|
|36″ Top Stair Post||PB7737WT0Y||PB7737BK0Y||PB7737XB0Y||PB7737YB0Y||PB7737SW0Y|