Hot Topic - Codes and Standards

Railings for Grade-Level Decks
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Railings for Grade-Level Decks

Even when a guardrail is not required by code, build it as if it were More

Coastal Deck Repairs
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Coastal Deck Repairs

Property management companies and homeowners in Emerald Isle, N.C., have inspected... More

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Wood Treaters Under Pressure

Ground-contact PT lumber is becoming more widely available, thanks to the AWPA's new rules for treated lumber. But the industry is divided on how the new rules apply to deck framing. More

Tougher Rules for Treated Wood
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Tougher Rules for Treated Wood

New treated wood industry standards may require "Ground Contact" rated lumber even... More

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Notching Guidelines

Most prescriptive guidelines for notching and drilling in framing members don't account for wet-service conditions. More

Collapses Lead to Deck Inspections
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Collapses Lead to Deck Inspections

A beachside community in North Carolina is teaming up with rental companies in the... More

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Inspections Prevent Tragedies

Older oceanfront decks are particularly vulnerable to structural problems because of salt corrosion of hardware and fasteners. More

Cable Railing Caution
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Cable Railing Caution

Children may be tempted to climb a railing system with horizontally-oriented... More

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Another Lousy Ledger Connection

A faulty connection between a deck ledger and the rim joist of a house was apparently to blame for a deck collapse in East Springfield, Mo., at the end of August. Seven people, including the two homeowners who had lived in the house for only a month, were hurt. More

Trex, Azek Claim Top Honors
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Trex, Azek Claim Top Honors

Both Trex and Azek had something to crow about in the 2015 brand use survey by... More

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