Hot Topic - Codes and Standards

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Getting the Skinny on Codes

Code expert and PDB contributing editor Glenn Mathewson is teaching an online course on building codes as they relate to decks. If you need continuing education credits, the cost is $99 a year; if you don’t need the credits, you can sign up for the Building Code College at no cost. More

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Grade Stamps

Model building codes typically require grade stamps on structural lumber. But in New York, where rural upstate sawmills have no ready access to grading agencies, officials have decided not to require grade stamping when the next version of the state's building code is published. The move was praised by the New York Farm Bureau. More

Faster Deck Piers
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Faster Deck Piers

Pin-pile deck footings promise quick installation in the right soils More

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Ground Contact Treatment Proposal Defeated

A proposal to require ground-contact treatment for all 2x8 and wider preservative-treated dimension lumber was voted down at the American Wood Protection Association's (AWPA) annual meeting. More

Connecting Girders to Deck Ledgers
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Connecting Girders to Deck Ledgers

When deck joists run parallel to the house, the connection between the girders... More

Better Deck Piers Part 2
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Better Deck Piers Part 2

Part 2: Best practices for forming and pouring concrete deck footings and piers More

Lateral Load Connector
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Lateral Load Connector

Simpson Strong-Tie's DTT1Z is designed to meet the 2015 IRC provision for using... More

Lateral Load Anchors and Mudsills
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Lateral Load Anchors and Mudsills

Inspect sill plates for structural issues before attaching a lateral-load anchor... More

Treated Wood Update
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Treated Wood Update

Today's treated wood is tough. But is it tough enough? More

Better Deck Piers
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Better Deck Piers

Part 1: Base the footing design and spacing on the deck's size, expected loads,... More

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