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...

  • The Best Construction Vehicles

    A total of 599 Tools of the Trade readers answered a survey earlier this year about the type of vehicles and trailers they used on the job. The results are in.

  • Easing Financial Anxiety

    A variety of circumstances can induce financial anxiety among builders, including ignorance about the true costs of being in business and not knowing what types of projects are the real money-makers. In this Journal of Light Construction feature, Shawn McCadden offers some advice on how to avoid...

  • Students Injured in Deck Collapse

    A half-dozen students were injured when a second-floor deck collapsed in an apartment complex in a Baltimore, Md., suburb. One of the students suffered severe injuries, according to news reports, when he was pinned beneath the debris. It's not clear from the news photo just how the deck was...

  • Feeney Opens Distribution Center in East

    The cable-rail-system manufacturer said the opening of its 87,000-square-foot distribution center in Cranbury, N.J., will reduce shipping costs and speed the delivery of orders to dealers by several days. The company is based in Oakland, Calif.

  • DIYer Wins Deck Contest

    It was a do-it-yourself homeowner, not a pro, who won the grand prize in a "best deck" competition sponsored by Deckorators, a Universal Forest Products subsidiary. Mark Roberts of Flemington, N.J., picked up $1,500 worth of gift cards for turning in the winning project.

  • Home Depot Computers Hacked

    Contractors who rang up purchases at Home Depot with a credit card earlier this year should pay particular attention to their statements. The company confirmed its computer system was hacked, exposing customers to credit card fraud. The retailer was already the subject of a class action lawsuit...

  • 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

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