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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

DCA 6 Update
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DCA 6 Update

New provisions in the 2012 IRC lead to important changes in this popular deck... More

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