Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | November 5th, 2015
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.
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | October 8th, 2015
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.
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | September 15th, 20152 comments
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).
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | September 10th, 2015
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.