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

  • A Close Call With a Saw

    A veteran carpenter describes what happened when his hand accidentally came in contact with a spinning saw blade. Fortunately for him, the saw was equipped with flesh-sensing technology.

  • ICC Building Safety Month

    Simpson Strong-Tie is one of several sponsors of the International Code Council's 2016 Building Safety Month, which wraps up at the end of the month. As part of the campaign, the company is offering educational materials about building and retrofitting code-compliant decks.

  • Inspecting Decks

    An experienced deck contractor is probably better qualified than a design pro to inspect a deck for possible problems

  • High-End Deck Failures

    High-end decks are just as likely to have construction defects as low-end decks

  • Deck Tension Tie

    The new adjustable USP ADTT-TZ from MiTek is designed to resist lateral loads

  • How Neat Do Joist Hangers Need to Be

    A framing crew left gaps between the seats on some hangers and the joist bottoms. Can they be shimmed or do they need to be reinstalled?

  • Five Products to Make Jobsites Safer

    Enhanced safety products for the jobsite includes better work gloves, several alternatives to basic safety glasses, and a drill/vacuum that takes the dust out of boring into concrete. Charles Wardell of Remodeling takes a look at what's on the market.

  • A Path to Safer Balconies

    These tricky cantilevered structures demand careful framing and waterproofing details

  • Railings for Grade-Level Decks

    Even when a guardrail is not required by code, build it as if it were

  • Cord Connectors

    This clever system consists of a hardened plastic shell and a pair of rubber cord stops, and will prevent you from accidentally disconnecting from an extension cord.

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