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.


All Codes Articles

  • Weight of Concrete Footings

    Prescriptive foundation sizing guidelines are based on bearing area and don’t account for the weight of the concrete used to form deep footings and piers. But should they?

  • 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

  • Ladder Safety Reminder

    A fall from a stepladder can result in serious injury, so make sure you're using it properly

  • My New Home: Craftsman Style Gate | THISisCarpentry

    Popular JLC Live presenter Gary Katz recently built an entry gate. As he explains in this article and video, the design was inspired by architectural details in the Thorsen House, a Greene & Greene 'ultimate bungalow' located in Berkeley, Calif. The cloud lift top rail is cool, of course, but...

  • 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.

  • Motion-Activated LED Spotlights

    Networked wireless LEDs light up dark spaces without complicated and expensive wiring

  • Electrical Receptacle Mounts in the Deck Floor

    Cords run from wall outlets can pose tripping hazards, as well as being unsightly. The in-floor Red Dot Deck Grommet Pro aims to fix both problems.

  • Faster Deck Piers

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

  • 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.

  • A doubled 2-by beamor girderattached to a deck ledger as shown here creates a point load that can cause the ledger to rotate outward and buckle. Even when the girder is hung directly from the rim joist, lateral-torsional buckling is possible if loads are high. Before considering this connection detail, consult with your inspector or an engineer.

    Connecting Girders to Deck Ledgers

    When deck joists run parallel to the house, the connection between the girders they hang from and the deck ledger or rim joist may need to be engineered

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