September 24, 2015
New code language about ledger fastening reduces deck elevation options.
September 10, 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…
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.…
September 3, 2015
Link to a site with terrific information on finishing and refinishing hardwood decking.
August 27, 2015
Tips on how to maximize the durability of a deck finish.
August 20, 2015
Shallow footing for free-standing decks and sheds
August 13, 2015
Tips on working with hardwood decking and a link to a source that explains some of the various species.
August 6, 2015
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…
March 16, 2015
One of the most thorough deck code and construction training you'll find. And it's free.
March 8, 2015
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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