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?
A Path to Safer Balconies
These tricky cantilevered structures demand careful framing and waterproofing details
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...