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  • 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...

     
  • SawStop Sues Bosch

    SawStop has filed legal complaints with a federal district court and the International Trade Commission against Bosch, seeking to block the introduction of Bosch's REAXX table saw later this year. SawStop says the new saw would infringe on its safety-feature patents.

     
  • Homeowner Seeks $625,000

    A Tennessee woman is seeking $625,000 after suffering what she says are permanent injuries when a deck collapsed under her. She had gone to the house to look at a puppy and was standing on the deck at the front door when it gave way. She claims the homeowners are negligent.

     
  • Dream Deck Becomes Nightmare

    Dave and Ann Hartwig had hoped their six-level deck would be a great place to relax. But after building the structure without required permits, and failing to make improvements requested by officials in Wausau, Wisc., they're looking at $240,000 in fines and the risk of jail.

     
  • The Trick to Staying Out of Court

    It's not always possible to stay out of court when a job goes sour. But construction attorney Alex Barthet has some tips that should keep your stay in the courtroom very brief if it ever comes to that.

     
  • How to Find the Right Accountant

    Seven ways to avoid making a costly choice

     
  • Mixing Oil and Water

    Cabot's new water-based ATO stain doesn't look like much in the can, but it outperforms previous oil-based versions of this popular mahogany decking finish.

     
  • Vinyl, Composite, and PVC Fencing

    Improved quality and durability has fueled demand for fencing that’s not made of wood

     
  • A Tall Deck in Earthquake Country

    A steel moment frame and plenty of lateral reinforcement were the keys to resisting seismic forces

     
  • Insect Shield Bug-Repellant Work Apparel

    Shirts, socks, caps, and more keep pests away even after repeated washing

     
 
 
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