Free Deck Construction Guide
The American Forest & Paper Association recently revised their handy Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide – DCA 6. The new version is based on the 2009 IRC where as the original referenced the ’06 code.
You’ll find everything from joist sizing tables and stair codes to a handy deck framing plan that cues you to key structural elements. Those familiar with the previous version will appreciate a few new and expanded elements like: the footing size chart that sizes both round and square based on joist span and post spacing, and the prescriptive bolt and screw attachment schedule that includes engineered rim board.
My favorite part is the 13 page commentary. That’s where you get a little more explanation of the provisions in the document and the building code.
The new DCA 6 is available for free from the AFPA website but you can only read it on your computer. The PDF is locked so you can’t print or copy it. If you do want a printable version the download is $10. I dropped the dough and use the guide as a sales tool when meeting clients. It’s a good tool to illustrate the safety measures I’m building into the deck that other deck builders usually don’t.
Check out the guide on the American Wood Council Web site. The PDF can be viewed (but not downloaded) here: http://www.awc.org/Publications/DCA/DCA6/DCA6-09.pdf. Post a comment and let us know what you like or dislike about it.
UPDATE: An error was reported with this PDF. Visit AWC.org for more information on the download.