A Deck Built to Fail

Flashing, fastening, framing - you name it, it needed to be fixed

Unfortunately, the new deck didn't meet code; in fact, it looked like someone had been trying to build a deck that violated every typical code requirement, starting at the foundation and continuing up from there.


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  • DCA 6 Update

    New provisions in the 2012 IRC lead to important changes in this popular deck design guide

  • One-Day Class on Fall Protection

    The National Roofing Contractors Association is offering one-day classes on fall protection in eight cities around the country in 2015, beginning with a January 15 session in Fairfax, Va. The course looks at fall-protection systems and current OSHA requirements and includes hands-on demonstrations...

  • Worker Dies as Porch Fails

    One worker was killed and another seriously injured when a third-story porch they were working on collapsed in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. Authorities said the job entailed rebuilding the entire structure, but the permit pulled for the job covered only the replacement of worn decking, The...

  • 22 Injured in Deck Collapse

    More than two dozen people were crowded onto a deck in Greenville County, S.C., for a Thanksgiving family photo when the structure gave way, spilling all of them onto a concrete surface 15 feet below. Authorities said 22 people were taken to the hospital, six with serious injuries.

  • Record Exports of Southern Pine

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports exports of southern pine hit roughly 44 million board feet this past August, an increase of 20% over the same period a year ago. In all, exports for the first eight months of the year were 22% higher than a year earlier.

  • Forecasts See Growing Decking Market

    The demand for decking in the U.S. will rise 2.4% per year for the next three years to a total of 3.5 billion lineal feet, according to forecasts from market analysts at Freedonia. The report attributes the trend to more residential construction, and continued investing by homeowners in decks and...

  • Fiberon Expands California Distribution

    Fiberon Decking is teaming up with wholesale distributor Taiga Building Products to expand Fiberon's access to the California market. The company says the move will mean a strong presence, especially in the northern part of the state.

  • Advertisers, Take Note

    Nothing gets by PDB readers

  • Testing Single Posts vs. Railing Assemblies

    The president of a post-anchor manufacturing company weighs in on load testing of guardrail posts and assemblies

  • Deck-Con Deck to House Connection Kit

    1,500-pound-rated connectors attach completely from outside the house

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