Hot Topic - Codes and Standards

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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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Weight of Concrete Footings

Prescriptive foundation sizing guidelines are based on bearing area and don’t... More

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More Details on Sizing Footings

Loren Ross of the AWC corrects a span error in Mike Guertin's "Better Deck Piers" article (Feb/March 2015), and addresses changes to footing- and beam-span sizing tables in the DCA6 More

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My New Home: Craftsman Style Gate | THISisCarpentry

Popular JLC Live presenter Gary Katz recently built an entry gate. As he explains... More

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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

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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

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