What is are Pickets

Definition of Pickets in Construction

The term pickets can refer to the vertical assemblies, which form the total handrail assembly, on a stair or raised platform. Another name for these pickets is a baluster, spindle or a stair stick. The pickets can be of any type of architectural form, but the spacing is an important code issue. In most instances, the spacing between the pickets cannot be any larger than a certain dimension. This is to prevent the ability of a small child, either falling through the opening or becoming stuck in the opening. Another use for the term picket is for the individuals that decide to march in the front of the entrance, to a construction site. These individuals are also called pickets and are normally picketing due to a labor issue, or an issue regarding a neighborhood grievance.