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Spacing Deck Facias for Bolt Heads

Spacing Deck Facias for Bolt Heads

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Spacing deck facia on wood strips avoids conflicts with bolt heads.

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Buffing out Scratches in Composite Rails

Buffing out Scratches in Composite Rails

Shiny new deck rails can get scuffed during installation. Here's how to buff a scuff and the railing look like new.

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Rehabbing a Deck

Rehabbing a Deck

Why rehabbing a deck often means tearing it to the ground first

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DeckFast Fascia System

DeckFast Fascia System

Starborn adapts their SmartBit system and specially designed screws to make PVC and composite deck facia board installation easy and attractive while permitting the boards to expand and contract freely.

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Theres More to Framing Hardware than Good Looks

There's More to Framing Hardware than Good Looks

A cautionary tale of three post bases that look very similar, but which perform very differently.

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Do I Need a Handrail?

Do I Need a Handrail?

How many stair risers trigger the handrail requirement? 2, 3, 4 or more? And when might you be required to install a guardrail but not need a handrail?

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Retrofit Lateral Load Connection for Decks

Retrofit Lateral Load Connection for Decks

Retrofitting decks with lateral load connections is made simple with new code detail and hardware.

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Off-The-Wall Ledger Spacing Using Screws

Off-The-Wall Ledger Spacing Using Screws

The IRC only permits ledgers to be spaced ½ in. away from the wall when using ½ in. through-bolts. Now there are avenues you can follow to use structural screws. Great news for new decks on old houses.

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Prep a Deck for Finishing

Prep a Deck for Finishing

Sanding a deck prior to finishing has some advantages over using chemical cleaners and a pressure washer.

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Deck Building Donts

Deck Building Don'ts

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Eleven major deck-building sins to avoid.

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New Ledger Fastening Details

New Ledger Fastening Details

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New code language about ledger fastening reduces deck elevation options.

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Code-Compliant Screwed Guardrail-Post Connections

Code-Compliant Screwed Guardrail-Post Connections

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A new Simpson Strongtie Engineering Letter outlines how to use the SDWS Timber screws and blocking to secure deck guard posts to the deck frame in 4 configurations that meet the 500 lb concentrated load test (ICC-ES AC273 test criteria).

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Fast Right-Sized Deck Footing Calculations using updated DCA 6 table

Fast Right-Sized Deck Footing Calculations using updated DCA 6 table

The updated version of DCA 6 includes a new deck footing sizing table based on the tributary area and four different soil bearing capacities. The new table enables users to calculate right-sized footings that are conservative but less restrictive than the simple footing Table 4 in the main body of DCA 6.

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Poor Construction Leads to Another Collapsed Deck

Poor Construction Leads to Another Collapsed Deck

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I've been following news about deck collapses since 2007, and I've read dozens of stories related to the topic. In every single case I've seen, shoddy construction was the cause. This deck collapse...

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Caring for Hardwood Decking

Caring for Hardwood Decking

Link to a site with terrific information on finishing and refinishing hardwood decking.

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