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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  • 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

  • Attaching Posts to 2x6 Framing

    A PDB author responds to a reader's question about blocking details for guardrail post kits

  • Keen Tacoma 6-Inch Work Boots

    The hiker-style boot keeps feet comfortable on wet, cold, or hot jobsites

  • Another Option for Fire-Resistant Decks

    Some pedestrian traffic coatings qualify as Class A, 1-hour fire-rated roof coverings. An installer advocates for their use on decks in a Wildland Urban Interface.

  • Railing Collapse Leads to Big Settlement

    A Staten Island, N.Y., woman who was injured when a deck railing gave way has reached a $400,000 settlement with the property owner. The 55-year-old woman suffered neck, back, and knee injuries.

  • Trex Sales Up

    Trex reported third-quarter 2014 sales of $95.5 million, a 32% increase over the same period a year earlier. Net income for the quarter was $8.9 million, compared with a loss of more than $15.3 million last year. The company also announced the start-up of its first polyethylene-pellet manufacturing...

  • Composite Decking Completes Bridge Rebuild

    A refurbished pedestrian bridge connecting two sides of what was once the Sandy Beach Amusement Park in Indian Lake, Ohio, meant some good PR for the Dayton, Ohio, company that provided the composite decking. Deck panels manufactured by Composite Advantage were nearly 12 feet wide and as long as 14...

  • Popular Outdoor Features

    Outdoor features are sought after by homebuyers, but exactly what that means depends somewhat on your location. A new study from the National Association of Home Builders finds that porches are the most popular feature nationally (more than 90 percent of new houses in one region had one last year)...

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