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

  • Notching Guidelines

    Most prescriptive guidelines for notching and drilling in framing members don't account for wet-service conditions.

  • A Chat With Trex's New CEO

    Jim Cline, who took over as Trex CEO in August, discusses the turnaround that improved efficiency, increased earnings, and solved quality problems with first-generation wood-plastic composites.

  • Where Decking Comes From

    Brent Gwatney of MoistureShield discusses the factors behind development of new plastic and composite decking, including changing consumer tastes for color and texture, a desire to make the decking easier to install, and the need to stand out in a competitive building-materials market.

  • Remodeling by Zip Code

    The National Association of Home Builders is offering a summary of home-improvement spending by zip code. The full report, giving remodelers a glimpse of where remodeling is most likely, costs $699. A less-detailed state summary is free.

  • Millions Awarded in Deck Collapse Lawsuit

    Nearly two years after a subdivision clubhouse deck collapsed, sending 22 family members falling almost 15 feet to the ground, an Indiana jury awarded the victims more than $4 million in damages.

  • Monday Is a Risky Day on the Job

    If you are a construction worker between the ages of 25 and 34, Monday might be the day of the week you're most likely to be hurt on the job. According to a Builder Online report, injuries are most likely to occur in the morning, between 8 a.m. and noon.

  • 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.

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