Hot Topic - Codes and Standards

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Deck of Horrors

When a Canadian couple hired a local contractor to design and build this deck, they thought that he knew what he was doing. They were wrong. More

Updated Deck Connection and Fastening Guide Now Available
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Updated Deck Connection and Fastening Guide Now Available

Simpson Strong-Tie's Deck Connection and Fastening Guide 2017 has been updated to... More

Treating Cuts in PT
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Treating Cuts in PT

Trimming PT joists to length, drilling bolt holes, or cutting kerfs in a rim joist... More

Washington State Raises Live Load Requirements for Decks
Balcony Inspections ... by Pest Control Specialists?
California Approves Tougher Balcony Standards
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California Approves Tougher Balcony Standards

Fatal Berkeley balcony collapse leads to tougher standards for balconies and other... More

Colorado Decks Collapsing Under the Weight of Heavy Snow
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Colorado Decks Collapsing Under the Weight of Heavy Snow

Colorado homeowners are worried about snow and ice that measure in feet, not... More

Common Deck Stair Defects
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Common Deck Stair Defects

Build deck stairs according to best practices rather than code to protect your... More

Lawsuit Over Fatal 14-Inch Deck Fall Settled
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Lawsuit Over Fatal 14-Inch Deck Fall Settled

The estate of the 77-year-old victim accepts a settlement as a lawsuit filed after... More

Proposed ASHI Deck Inspection Standard Open for Comments
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Proposed ASHI Deck Inspection Standard Open for Comments

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is looking for feedback from deck... More

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