Railings for Grade-Level Decks
Even when a guardrail is not required by code, build it as if it were
Coastal Deck Repairs
Property management companies and homeowners in Emerald Isle, N.C., have inspected...
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.
Tougher Rules for Treated Wood
New treated wood industry standards may require "Ground Contact" rated lumber even...
Most prescriptive guidelines for notching and drilling in framing members don't account for wet-service conditions.
Collapses Lead to Deck Inspections
A beachside community in North Carolina is teaming up with rental companies in the...
Inspections Prevent Tragedies
Older oceanfront decks are particularly vulnerable to structural problems because of salt corrosion of hardware and fasteners.
Cable Railing Caution
Children may be tempted to climb a railing system with horizontally-oriented...
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.
Trex, Azek Claim Top Honors
Both Trex and Azek had something to crow about in the 2015 brand use survey by...