March 8, 2015
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.
February 20, 2015
New code lateral load detail and new hardware are easier to install but have some limitations.
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,…
MiTek's new LTS19-TZ is a long angle strap simplifies deck lateral load connections
The new building code covers a lot more deck construction information - most of it very useful.
January 29, 2015
An example of a bad deck footing detail, with information on how to build a deck safely.
October 14, 2014
Instead of getting sacks of concrete delivered, get precast EZ-Tube footing sections dropped off. Dig the hole, stack them up, start building.
July 28, 2014
The CAMO Edge Pro speeds up edge-screw decking installation without bending over.
July 14, 2014
The CAMO Marksman Edge edge-screws wet pressure treated lumber even with the boards tight together.
June 13, 2014
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…
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