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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  • 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

  • Porter-Cable Routers Recalled

    If you have a Porter-Cable fixed-base production router, stop using it until you can confirm it's not on a recall list. About 100,000 of the 3 1/2-horsepower routers have been recalled in the U.S., and another 7,800 in Canada, because of a possible shock hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety...

  • Accoya Gets PR boost

    Acetylated wood manufactured by Accsys Technologies has been selected for use in a renovation of the German embassy in Washington, D.C. The company says Accoya will be used on both the 1960s-era embassy building and a semi-detached house. Accoya is used in a variety of outdoor applications...

  • AZEK Adds a New Decking Color

    AZEK Building Products has added a light-colored plank to its cellular PVC Deck Arbor collection. The company says the variegated "Hazelwood" decking was developed in response to current trends in hardscapes and exteriors. It's also good at camouflaging dirt, AZEK says.

  • Deck Collapse Injures Six

    Six people were hurt, some seriously, when a second-floor deck collapsed in Penn Forest Township, Pa., earlier this month. Officials said the poorly constructed deck failed during a child's birthday party. The injured, including some children, were trapped underneath the debris; some had to be...

  • Lateral Bracing for a Second-Story Deck

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

  • Mountain Laurel Railings

    Custom-made mountain laurel railings add an artistic twist to a deck design

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