Hot Topic - Codes and Standards

Deck Tension Tie
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Deck Tension Tie

The new adjustable USP ADTT-TZ from MiTek is designed to resist lateral loads More

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How Neat Do Joist Hangers Need to Be

A framing crew left gaps between the seats on some hangers and the joist bottoms. Can they be shimmed or do they need to be reinstalled? More

A Path to Safer Balconies
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A Path to Safer Balconies

These tricky cantilevered structures demand careful framing and waterproofing details More

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

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