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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  • Demand for Decking to Grow

    Demand for decking in the U.S. is expected to rise 2.4% per year through 2018 to a total of 3.5 billion lineal feet, according to The Freedonia Group. The five-year period from 2008-2013 was "lackluster," the market analysis company said, but resurging residential construction should help push...

  • Gas Fireplaces Recalled

    Hearth & Home Technologies has recalled indoor and outdoor gas-burning appliances sold under a variety of trade names. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said a gas valve in the units may leak, posing a fire hazard. If the model you've installed is among those listed at the CPSC site (see the...

  • Deck Collapse Injures Six

    A third-story deck on an apartment building in Halifax, Nova Scotia, collapsed late last month, sending six people to the hospital. One building official described construction as "flimsy," with the deck ledger nailed through the siding to the house. Diagonal bracing was supposed to help support...

  • Building a Deck Above an AC Compressor

    Provide enough clearance for the unit to operate properly and to allow workers to safely access it for maintenance and repair

  • Fire-Resistant Decks

    Using the right decking material makes a big difference in areas prone to wild fires

  • Good Roof, Bad Stairs

    A short riser in a photo in an article on roofs catches a reader's attention

  • Field-Treating Pressure-Treated Pine

    Even though it's not required by code, it's a good idea to treat all cuts and penetrations in PT pine with copper naphthenate-if you can find it

  • More on Deck Failures

    A code enforcement officer in the Buffalo, N.Y., area believes that most decks would fail if loaded to their code-required design capacity

  • Not a Replacement for Lateral Load Anchors

    Research at Washington State University shows that screwed joist hangers are stronger than nailed joist hangers and reinforce the potentially weak link at the joist-to-ledger connection

  • Lateral Bracing for a Second-Story Deck

    Are there alternatives to using the lateral-load anchors described in the IRC?

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