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

  • Managing Workers' Comp Costs

    Workers' compensation can represent 40% of an employer's total insurance costs. Writing in Remodeling, Bill Atkinson outlines some ways that employers can keep costs down.

  • Dealing With Cyber Attacks

    More construction companies are putting records in a digital format and using Internet-based communications and storage. The move toward paperless operations has its advantages, but it also makes records more susceptible to cyber attacks-raising a special set of risks for construction firms.

  • Gas Leaks Follow Heavy Snows

    Snow piling up in the Northeast has caused damage to decks as well as to roofs. In some cases, collapsing decks also have severed gas lines or otherwise damaged propane tanks below.

  • Trex Says It Sweeps Deck Category in Builder Brand Use Study

    Trex led the pack among composite/PVC decking in Builder magazine's annual brand use study, picking up four "firsts" including "brand familiarity" and "brand used most."

  • Lateral Load Anchors and Mudsills

    Inspect sill plates for structural issues before attaching a lateral-load anchor to them

  • Eye on Safety

    A reader points out that the worker on the cover of the Nov/Dec 2014 issue is not wearing proper safety gear

  • Better Deck Piers

    Part 1: Base the footing design and spacing on the deck's size, expected loads, and local soil conditions

  • RX for Storage

    An inexpensive but effective way to protect your hands from sharp objects in your toolbox

  • OSHA and Your Safety Plan

    Your employee incentive plan might run afoul of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Law Review reports. One red flag? Rewarding employees for not having accidents or getting sick.

  • Preview Your Finish Options With Deck Visualizer

    Wolf Home Product's online Deck Visualizer allows customers to view different combinations of the company's decking and railing products.

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