Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Build A Deck - Fine Homebuilding" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Build A Deck - Fine Homebuilding" blog entries Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:33:40 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Build A Deck - Fine Homebuilding" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Build A Deck - Fine Homebuilding" blog entries <![CDATA[Spacing Deck Facias for Bolt Heads]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:07:15 -0500 Spacing Deck Facias for Bolt Heads Posted by Mike_Guertin
Spacing deck facia on wood strips avoids conflicts with bolt heads. ]]>
<![CDATA[Buffing out Scratches in Composite Rails]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 10:34:52 -0500 Buffing out Scratches in Composite Rails Posted by Mike_Guertin
Shiny new deck rails can get scuffed during installation. Here's how to buff a scuff and the railing look like new. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rehabbing a Deck ]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:57:12 -0500 Rehabbing a Deck Posted by AndyEngel
Why rehabbing a deck often means tearing it to the ground first ]]>
<![CDATA[DeckFast Fascia System]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:30:00 -0500 DeckFast Fascia System Posted by Mike_Guertin
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[There's More to Framing Hardware than Good Looks]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 01:00:00 -0500 There's More to Framing Hardware than Good Looks Posted by AndyEngel
A cautionary tale of three post bases that look very similar, but which perform very differently. ]]>
<![CDATA[Do I Need a Handrail?]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:10:00 -0500 Do I Need a Handrail? Posted by Mike_Guertin
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? ]]>
<![CDATA[Retrofit Lateral Load Connection for Decks]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:55:00 -0500 Retrofit Lateral Load Connection for Decks Posted by Mike_Guertin
Retrofitting decks with lateral load connections is made simple with new code detail and hardware. ]]>
<![CDATA[Off-The-Wall Ledger Spacing Using Screws]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Off-The-Wall Ledger Spacing Using Screws Posted by Mike_Guertin
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Prep a Deck for Finishing]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:20:28 -0500 Prep a Deck for Finishing Posted by AndyEngel
Sanding a deck prior to finishing has some advantages over using chemical cleaners and a pressure washer. ]]>
<![CDATA[Deck Building Don'ts]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:30:58 -0500 Deck Building Don'ts Posted by AndyEngel
Eleven major deck-building sins to avoid. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Ledger Fastening Details]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:20:21 -0500 New Ledger Fastening Details Posted by AndyEngel
New code language about ledger fastening reduces deck elevation options. ]]>
<![CDATA[Code-Compliant Screwed Guardrail-Post Connections]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:08:34 -0500 Code-Compliant Screwed Guardrail-Post Connections Posted by Mike_Guertin
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). ]]>
<![CDATA[Fast Right-Sized Deck Footing Calculations using updated DCA 6 table]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:38:20 -0500 Fast Right-Sized Deck Footing Calculations using updated DCA 6 table Posted by Mike_Guertin
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Poor Construction Leads to Another Collapsed Deck]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:36:58 -0500 Poor Construction Leads to Another Collapsed Deck Posted by AndyEngel
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Caring for Hardwood Decking]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:00:06 -0500 Caring for Hardwood Decking Posted by AndyEngel
Link to a site with terrific information on finishing and refinishing hardwood decking. ]]>
<![CDATA[Deck Finishes]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:05:00 -0500 Deck Finishes Posted by AndyEngel
Tips on how to maximize the durability of a deck finish. ]]>
<![CDATA[Free-Standing Deck Footings]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:32:25 -0500 Free-Standing Deck Footings Posted by AndyEngel
Shallow footing for free-standing decks and sheds ]]>
<![CDATA[Thoughts On Hardwood Decking]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:37:20 -0500 Thoughts On Hardwood Decking Posted by AndyEngel
Tips on working with hardwood decking and a link to a source that explains some of the various species. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cantilevered Balcony Safety]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:31:16 -0500 Cantilevered Balcony Safety Posted by AndyEngel
Recently, a cantilevered balcony collapsed in Berkeley, Calif., killing six people. The evident reason was wood rot, caused either by poor initial construction or by a lack of maintenance. An article... ]]>
<![CDATA[Deck and Porch Framing Connection Seminar]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:43:37 -0500 Deck and Porch Framing Connection Seminar Posted by Mike_Guertin
One of the most thorough deck code and construction training you'll find. And it's free. ]]>