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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

A Tale of Woe in New Jersey
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A Tale of Woe in New Jersey

Customer relations are important. A New Jersey family signed a $25,850 contract... More

Second Deck Collapses in North Carolina Resort
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Second Deck Collapses in North Carolina Resort

A deck on a seaside home in North Carolina collapsed, causing minor injuries among... More

A Deck That Doubles as a Pool
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A Deck That Doubles as a Pool

For about $1 million, an Israeli engineering company will be happy to install a... More

Attaching a Deck to Cantilevered Joists
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Attaching a Deck to Cantilevered Joists

If you can't attach a ledger to a rim joist on a cantilevered floor, how can you... More

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Cumulative Errors Led to Balcony Collapse

Tragedies can be prevented with attention to water management and flashing More

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Updated Deck Guide Now Available

The latest edition of the American Wood Council's DCA 6 Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide has been updated with a new commentary section and a new tributary area calculation appendix. More

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Berkeley Balcony Collapse Prompts Code Changes

A fatal building failure leads to stricter rules for balconies, landings, decks, stairs, and floors that are exposed to weather. Now they'll have to be constructed of naturally durable or preservative-treated wood, or corrosion-resistant steel, will need to be ventilated when enclosed, and will be subject to tighter maintenance and inspection requirements. More

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