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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  • AdvantageLumber Buys Brazilian Mill

    AdvantageLumber.com has bought a mill in northern Brazil capable of producing 5 million square feet of decking per year. Advantage has been supplying South American exotics such as ipe and cumaru for more than 20 years.

  • Trex Storage Unit on Top 100 List

    This Old House magazine has added Trex Outdoor Storage containers to its list of "Top 100" home products for the year. The plastic components, available in five colors, are manufactured under a licensing agreement, by NatureKast Products, in Florida.

  • Framing Lumber Prices Down

    Housing starts in the U.S. picked up in 2015, but lumber prices didn’t follow suit. One report attributes the decline to several factors, including an increase in supply and lower demand from China.

  • Falls Lead Jobsite Hazard List

    OSHA has released its list of top 10 safety violations for the fiscal year ending on September 30. Once again, fall protection topped the list, with more than 6,700 citations for the year. Violations involving ladders and scaffolding also were in the top 10.

  • Decks and Smokes Don't Mix

    An improperly discarded cigarette on a wood deck in Dilworth, Minn., was the suspected cause of a blaze that destroyed both deck and house. No one was hurt, but the house was a total loss.

  • Collapses Lead to Deck Inspections

    A beachside community in North Carolina is teaming up with rental companies in the area to require deck inspections at least once a year at 1,500 rental units. The implementation of the program follows two deck collapses over the summer.

  • David Frane Says So Long

    David Frane is leaving his post as editor of Tools of the Trade after a five-year run. The carpenter-turned-editor posts a final column and rounds up some of his favorite ToTT articles.

  • Construction Fatalities on the Rise

    Trips, slips, and falls accounted for nearly 40% of all construction fatalities in 2014, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total number of fatal occupational injuries among construction workers rose last year for the third year in a row.

  • Inspections Prevent Tragedies

    Older oceanfront decks are particularly vulnerable to structural problems because of salt corrosion of hardware and fasteners.

  • Fortress vertical stainless steel cable railing panels are shown on a deck built by Peachtree Decks and Porches, in Georgia.

    Cable Railing Caution

    Children may be tempted to climb a railing system with horizontally-oriented structural members, which should be taken into consideration in its design.

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