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  • Dealers Alter Treated-Wood Mix

    It's going to be tougher to find treated wood rated for above-ground uses at your local lumberyard. A survey by Pro Sales magazine finds a growing number of dealers plan on eliminating above-ground-rated lumber and offering only ground-contact lumber in the future. Among the reasons for the switch...

  • OSHA Rules on Silica Dust

    OSHA has released new guidelines that lower the amount of silica dust that workers may be exposed to while on the job. Industry trade groups complain the revised regulations will result in higher costs and construction delays, but the federal agency says 600 lives will be saved annually.

  • Trex Named 'Greenest' Decking

    Trex has been named the "greenest" decking on the market by readers of Green Builder Media. It's the fifth year in a row the company, which recycles 400 million pounds of plastic and wood a year, has won top honors in the Reader's Choice Awards.

  • NyloBoard Halts Production

    The Georgia-based company that manufactured decking from carpet scraps is throwing in the towel. NyloBoard president Doug Morse says capital has dried up, forcing either a sale or a company liquidation.

  • Deck and Rail Markets Look Strong

    The decking and railing industry will be a $3 billion market by 2020, a 76% increase from 2015, according to a new industry forecast. Although polyethylene will retain its overall lead as the most widely used material, polypropylene composite decking and railing will show the most growth.

  • 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.

  • Understanding Your Photo Rights

    When you're posting photos on your website, understanding copyright laws and the principles of Fair Use will help you protect your rights and avoid legal hot water.

  • Failed Deck Had No Joist Hangers

    Nails, not joist hangers, were used to attach joists on a deck that collapsed in North Carolina over the July 4th weekend, resulting in 26 people being injured. Although the deck probably was code-compliant when new, 30 years of exposure to salt air was too much for the fasteners that held it...

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