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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
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 it is the post (usually decorative) that holds the railing on a staircase or balcony.

Jun 26, 2016 10:34 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
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that's a common term.... a good one for everyone who is not familiar with new construction to learn.... 

actually, complements parapet that you previously asked... 

Jun 26, 2016 09:53 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I will go for the answer provided by Barbara Todaro

Jun 26, 2016 10:01 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Found lining many staircases and terraces, a balustrade is a row of small columns topped by a rail. The term is derived from the form’s constituent posts, called balusters, a name coined in 17th-century Italy for the bulbous item’s resemblance to blossoming pomegranate flowers (balaustra in Italian).

Architectural Digest

Jun 27, 2016 10:15 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Ohh, I'm back on my game again ;)

Jun 27, 2016 10:14 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm going with the railings on stairs.

Jun 27, 2016 05:03 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I am pretty sure that is a dance move down the staircase. 

Jun 27, 2016 04:00 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

 Back to Wikipedia:  baluster— also called spindle or stair stick[citation needed]—is a moulded shaft, square or of lathe-turned form, a form cut from a rectangular or square plank, one of various forms of spindle in woodwork, made of stone or wood and sometimes of metal,[1] standing on a unifying footing, and supporting the coping of a parapet or the handrail of a staircase.

Jun 27, 2016 03:25 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Lots of great answers already here.

Jun 27, 2016 12:01 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
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I am drinking my coffee on the balcony

Jun 26, 2016 11:55 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

A safety precaution for the balcony!

Jun 26, 2016 11:41 PM
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Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
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Dido to Marco,  thanks for your precision,  it is the post for a decorative hand rail. 

Jun 26, 2016 11:09 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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Hand rail.

Jun 26, 2016 10:51 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Kenneth Jones got it. Not a real issue in Florida. Will use the term more now back in Chicago!

Jun 26, 2016 10:23 PM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Willis, TX
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

I had never heard of it prior, but looked it up.  Great question!

Jun 26, 2016 10:16 PM