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Saratoga Residence

Saratoga Residence

For this remodel, we focused on stripping down the house to focus on seamless indoor outdoor living, great materials, and an open, but not too open plan that works for the family and their lifestyle.

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Deck and Porch Framing Connection Seminar

Deck and Porch Framing Connection Seminar

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One of the most thorough deck code and construction training you'll find. And it's free.

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How far can a deck beam span?

How far can a deck beam span?

The 2015 IRC includes a new beam span table and illustrations specifically for decks. This will make it easier for deck builders to design a deck frame.

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How Far Can a Deck Joist Span?

How Far Can a Deck Joist Span?

The 2015 IRC includes a new joist span table and illustrations specifically for decks. This will make it easier for deck builders to design a deck frame.

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Attaching a Deck Ledger to Floor Truss

Attaching a Deck Ledger to Floor Truss

A report from the SBCA outlines prescriptive details for fastening a deck ledger to open web floor trusses. Details in the report are more clear than those in an earlier SBCA Tech Note.

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New Lateral Load Connection in 2015 IRC

New Lateral Load Connection in 2015 IRC

New code lateral load detail and new hardware are easier to install but have some limitations.

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Simpson Strongtie DTT1Z Deck Lateral Load Connector

Simpson Strongtie DTT1Z Deck Lateral Load Connector

Small but strong, Simpson Strongtie's DTT1Z hardware meets the new 2015 IRC deck lateral load connection figure. Plus a technical bulletin details several options for securing the connection to sills, plates, headers and studs.

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MiTek LTS19-TZ  Deck Lateral Load Connector

MiTek LTS19-TZ Deck Lateral Load Connector

MiTek's new LTS19-TZ is a long angle strap simplifies deck lateral load connections

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2015 IRC - 4 new pages of Deck Code

2015 IRC - 4 new pages of Deck Code

The new building code covers a lot more deck construction information - most of it very useful.

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How do you make a square cut on a round footing form?

How do you make a square cut on a round footing form?

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Marking a square line around a cardboard footing tube isn't as easy as squaring off a 6x6. Here are two ways to mark a square line for a neat cut.

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Deck Building Blunders

Deck Building Blunders

An example of a bad deck footing detail, with information on how to build a deck safely.

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Precast Footings:  EZ-Tube

Precast Footings: EZ-Tube

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Instead of getting sacks of concrete delivered, get precast EZ-Tube footing sections dropped off. Dig the hole, stack them up, start building.

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CAMO Edge Pro

CAMO Edge Pro

The CAMO Edge Pro speeds up edge-screw decking installation without bending over.

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CAMO Marksman Edge

CAMO Marksman Edge

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The CAMO Marksman Edge edge-screws wet pressure treated lumber even with the boards tight together.

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DCA 6 Deck Construction Guide - New Version for 2012 IRC

DCA 6 Deck Construction Guide - New Version for 2012 IRC

My go-to deck design and construction guide has been revised to dovetail with the 2012 International Residential Code. DCA 6 'Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide' has most of the information you need to build a code-compliant deck.

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