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  • Great Views, But No Permit

    A homeowner in Albuquerque, N. M., has a garage-top deck with a protective roof and great views of the Sandia Mountains. The problem is, he didn't get a building permit and has now been served with a violation notice from the city.

  • Evaluation Service Goes to Court

    The ICC Evaluation Service, which tests building materials to ensure they are code-compliant, has sued the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAMPO), alleging copyright violations of its evaluation reports.

  • A Win for Flesh-Sensing Technology

    A court ruling in Florida sends a signal to manufacturers of table saws: Incorporate a flesh-sensing feature that prevents injury, or face lawsuits from customers who are injured. The technology is currently offered by a single manufacturer in the U.S.

  • A Chat With Trex's New CEO

    Jim Cline, who took over as Trex CEO in August, discusses the turnaround that improved efficiency, increased earnings, and solved quality problems with first-generation wood-plastic composites.

  • Where Decking Comes From

    Brent Gwatney of MoistureShield discusses the factors behind development of new plastic and composite decking, including changing consumer tastes for color and texture, a desire to make the decking easier to install, and the need to stand out in a competitive building-materials market.

  • Remodeling by Zip Code

    The National Association of Home Builders is offering a summary of home-improvement spending by zip code. The full report, giving remodelers a glimpse of where remodeling is most likely, costs $699. A less-detailed state summary is free.

  • Millions Awarded in Deck Collapse Lawsuit

    Nearly two years after a subdivision clubhouse deck collapsed, sending 22 family members falling almost 15 feet to the ground, an Indiana jury awarded the victims more than $4 million in damages.

  • Upgrading a Deck

    Make an existing deck safer and stronger by improving the hardware and paying close attention to the connection details.

  • Monday Is a Risky Day on the Job

    If you are a construction worker between the ages of 25 and 34, Monday might be the day of the week you're most likely to be hurt on the job. According to a Builder Online report, injuries are most likely to occur in the morning, between 8 a.m. and noon.

  • AdvantageLumber Buys Brazilian Mill has bought a mill in northern Brazil capable of producing 5 million square feet of decking per year. Advantage has been supplying South American exotics such as ipe and cumaru for more than 20 years.

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